Over the years, our initiatives have been built around and for an ever-expanding network of individuals whose intellectual approach mirrors ours in the sense of being fundamentally curious and always open to new thinking.
We—modern post-industrial societies—are in the early stages of a radical transformation of how our economies and societies work, based on an onslaught of disruptive technologies that are only beginning to emerge. These range from self learning, self replicating “conscious” artificial intelligence that can execute an ever- widening range of cognitive tasks to profound changes in our understanding of—and capacity to manipulate—life itself to nanotechnologies that could be the key to sustainable energy systems that fundamentally alter the trajectory of climate change. The questions are endless. But before we can seriously discuss any of them, we need to peak behind the screen that separates most of us from the labs where the new knowledge that will change our lives is being created. The Tällberg Foundation exploration started in the Life Sciences Labs at MIT on April 12-13, 2017.
On 28-30 November 2016 in Amsterdam, we not only awarded the 2016 Tällberg Global Leadership prizes, but also brought together the Global Leaders of 2015 & 2016 with invited participants from Tällberg’s network and elsewhere.
The Tällberg Foundation organized a small delegation of observers to the East Greenland Ice Research Project (EGRIP) to facilitate understanding of the dynamics of the ice sheet and its relationship to climate change.
We convened a workshop on the underlying cause and potential long-term consequences of Europe’s refugee crisis, Clash of Civilizations? The workshop was held on the island of Lesvos, Greece. Our goal was to question and explore, without prejudice, the dynamics of an issue which has enormous consequence not only for the refugees fleeing political and economic instability, but for the people of Europe who are welcoming or fearing them.
The gathering looked at on the challenges of leadership in a rapidly evolving world. The discussions focused on unpacking what it means to lead in the 21st century. The newly named Tallberg Global Leaders, who emerged from the 2015 Tallberg Foundation Global Leadership Prize process, were among the participants.
The workshop considered demographics, culture, religion, technology, economics, history, political structures, military capabilities, etc.. The idea was to explore fundamental, long term dynamics that are likely to define the next generation of geopolitics.
On the evening of November 10, the Tällberg Foundation together with the documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan hosted a public screening of her documentary “JIHAD - A story of the others” about radical Islam, followed by a panel discussion on the impact of radical Islam in and on Europe.
The digital landscape is rapidly evolving, reflecting changes in technology as well as changes in how consumers want to access, consume and interact with information. Media organizations everywhere face similar challenges in reaching new generations of digitally savvy users, who are more comfortable swiping a smartphone than opening a traditional newspaper or magazine.