Humankind is facing global challenges that are placing people and the planet under stress and in great uncertainty.
At the same time, breakthroughs in science and technology are occurring at an unprecedented pace – but the full ramifications of these breakthroughs are not always evident.
Anticipation, therefore, is key to building the future by fully leveraging the potential of new science and technology advances to improve well-being and promote inclusive development.
The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Foundation was created in 2019 in Geneva to tackle this issue, as a think tank and do tank. Three fundamental and overarching questions drive its work:
Who are we, as humans?
What does it mean to be human in the era of robots, gene editing and augmented reality?
How can we all live together?
What technology can be deployed to help reduce inequality, improve well-being and foster inclusive development?
How can we ensure the well-being of humankind and the sustainable future of our planet?
How can we supply the world population with the necessary food and energy while regenerating our planet?
The four initial
GESDA Scientific Platforms
What is now “cooking in the labs” around the world? GESDA is initially addressing four key research areas that will be at the frontier of natural and human science and technology and might bring breakthroughs in the next 5, 10, and 25 years:
Quantum Revolution & Advanced artificial Intelligence
Eco-regeneration & Geoengineering
Science & Diplomacy
the possible advancements in science and technology that will have a major impact on society, the economy and the environment over the next 5, 10 and 25 years by working with the world’s top scientists and research institutes.
both the interplay of scientific research with emerging global challenges and the development of solutions to address them, by bringing together, in Geneva, various communities with different mindsets.
the identified solutions into impactful, concrete actions by mobilizing resources for a sustainable outcome.
How we will meet these goals : the GESDA Anticipatory Situation Room
GESDA brings together, from around the world, people from four communities with different mindsets – Academic, Diplomatic, Impact and Citizens. Together, based on possible science and technology advances that have been identified, and through a methodology called “Anticipatory Situation Room”, they accelerate the development of impactful solutions to emerging challenges. Such solutions will then be translated into concrete actions deployed on a global scale, and could be for example: a new international organization dedicated to science or science policy, a global regulatory body, an innovative framework agreement on science or an international research initiative. Our replicable methodology may provide a proof of concept for a renewed form of multilateralism.