TIME TO REIMAGINE THE GLOBAL FUTURES
In the aftermath of World War I, on the rubbles of the greatest human tragedy ever recorded, the foundations for a new multilateral world order were laid out. It took admirable courage to sketch out the future in such a forward-looking and ambitious way as the political leaders did in 1918 - 1919. Despite fundamental setbacks and caveats in design and enforcement, its basic principles provided the foundation for the development of rule-based global order throughout the twentieth century - until recently.
Today, almost one hundred years on, the parameters of the global order are losing strength under the very conditions that it helped to create: a world of almost limitless flows, interactions, and global technological progress.
Technological progress has begun to outperform institutional and political capabilities, a factor which is co-responsible for the growing socio-political tensions around the world. Societies are becoming increasingly anxious about the technology-driven future while governments are unable to provide the answers that people seek. The international environment has become one of constant tension, feeding into unprecedented fragility and unpredictability of global, regional and domestic affairs. There are political entrepreneurs that do not shy away from abusing these socio-political tensions in order to gain political capital. Others still, impede the global technological and social development, attempting to turn back the clock.
On the other hand, there is an enormous positive charge in the fields related to technology and innovation.
GOAL OF THE SYMPOSIUM
The order that emerged from World War I transformed our understanding of international politics for the better. We must start asking how we can transform current global tensions into a similar opportunity, prosperity, and empowerment.
It is the mission of the Next 100 Symposium to bring together the most progressive and influential international political figures and international organizations’ representatives with the most advanced innovators in the technological and computing fields, as well as impactful social scientists, thinkers, economists, entrepreneurs and natural scientists. Our joint task will be to pave the way for a working dialogue about how to transform the crisis-driven language into future-oriented ideas on a global scale.
The symposium serves as an initial meeting of a continuous project with up to 35 working groups working under 7 general “Next100 areas” (N100 Science and Innovation, N100 Technology, N100 Economics, N100 Politics, N100 Security and Defense, N100 Society, N100 Global).
MEET OUR TEAM
ReDefine Next 100 brings together students from diverse fields including humanities, social sciences, engineering, computing science, and the natural sciences. In international teams, young leaders will identify the issue they perceive to be a paramount global challenge of the future. Each team will draw on innovative ideas from various fields and propose a way to address this challenge. Individuals will be invited to Prague for a five-day workshop where they will refine their work with the guidance of high-level mentors. The top teams will be invited to present their ideas at The Next 100 Symposium.