Friends for Leadership 2020: New Perspectives for Global Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development
23 January 2020
New formats for sustainable development must address a wide range of problems based on new values
We need to think of alternatives and shift towards a new, more sustainable formats. What we are doing at Project Vertica is find solutions in five different areas of problems: environmental issues, social problems, urban problems, where there is no connection with nature, a lot of educational problems, and some aesthetic issues — Simone Rendeva, Founder, Project Vertica.
We choose our values through our actions. With everything we do, everything we choose to spend our money on, we define what we stand for and the causes that we believe in. It is a matter of responsible economic decisions — Simone Rendeva, Founder, Project Vertica.
My mission is to rebuild trust on the planet through financial transparency. The lack of trust is what is going to put an end to the planet — Gerardo Trevino, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Paybook.
It is necessary to leave crisis management mode behind, and to build long-term projects for sustainable development
It is important that we think in terms of a long-term goal. How do we want our cities to look years from today? Otherwise we will be forced to live in a crisis management mode. We better shoot for the stars so that we could at least get to the moon — Simone Rendeva, Founder, Project Vertica.
Traditional values must be included in sustainable development programmes
If we start thinking about megatrends, I would like to talk, first of all, about the very human nature-based megatrend: being married, getting a family, raising up children. It could be a luxury thing for us in the modern Western world. We had talked to the Under-Secretary-General before we started our session here, and he also convinced us to go on with how we can deal with all kinds of megatrends, starting from the point of view of the global population blow-up — Halit Ünver, Research Fellow, Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing.
Technology is an essential element in achieving sustainable development goals
We are all living in a huge economic machinery, and this machinery sets us, individuals, to any function. We are not sure what this function could be in the future, but what we are sure about is that we cannot achieve world peace and global leadership if we do not use technology. I want to think about us as the transformational leadership programme for the 21st century — Halit Ünver, Research Fellow, Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing.
Climate change and the collapse of natural ecosystems
About 85% of the world’s wetlands have already disappeared. Depending on where you live, between 40% and 80% of the water in your area is being used for the needs of conventional agriculture. The current model that we are using is obviously not very sustainable — Simone Rendeva, Founder, Project Vertica.
One of the challenges that everyone talks about is climate change. Right now, we are thinking about circular carbon economy — Halit Ünver, Research Fellow, Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing.
Disruption of the world order created in 1945
The world order is agonizing. Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin built a world order in 1945, and now we can see that the international world order is changing. We see America putting itself first, we see China that wants to lead the world, we see the division in Europe, and we see the greater influence of Russia — Teresa Astolfi, Head of the International Directorate, People’s Party in the Congress of Deputies of the Kingdom of Spain.
The world order of 1945 is agonizing because global institutions seem to be in shock. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the way of life — Teresa Astolfi, Head of the International Directorate, People’s Party in the Congress of Deputies of the Kingdom of Spain.
Lack of expansion of sustainable development values
We have not seen much will for transparency from all over the world. Everybody is talking about transparency and trust. It is not about technology; it is about values. Do we really have the values, as a society, to deliver and adopt transparency? — Gerardo Trevino, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Paybook.
Actively promoting new values; leading the formation of a new international order
A new international order is on the horizon. The young leaders must assume the leadership role in the configuration of this new model. If we fail to do it, the result will be out of our hands. I encourage you today to deliver and to take action — Teresa Astolfi, Head of the International Directorate, People’s Party in the Congress of Deputies of the Kingdom of Spain.
Working in collaboration with international organizations, governments and non-profits
We cannot get very far without the support of local governments, international organizations, and the business. We are really looking forward to working and discussing with community leaders, international organizations and politicians, to drafting out programmes and policies to help facilitate this transformation — Simone Rendeva, Founder, Project Vertica.
Developing specific projects
We created a platform to deliver financial automation technologies to emerging markets, starting, for example, in Latin America. <...> The transparency that we know today is just a published report. We came up with the concept that we call augmented transparency. It is the next generation of transparency, because we deliver the information directly from the source of data without any single point of data manipulation; we are replacing reports by live data. It is a new standard for all organizations, including non-profits or even churches — Gerardo Trevino, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Paybook.
We gather one or two hundred people for each game to clean up a certain area <...> Our Clean Games are held in Russia; 300 cities have already participated. We organize international games too — Dmitry Ioffe, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Clean Games.
Relying on like-minded people for mutual support
Our mission is to support the projects, and to bring them to international level and to international finance. We help entrepreneurs to grow and scale as quickly as possible. We created a platform for young leaders, tech companies and investors to help them understand each other — Alena Yudina, Chief Executive Officer, Quantum Leap Strategy AG.
Using energy and potential of young leaders
Young age is an advantage. Young people are not constrained within their past experiences. They are generally more open by nature. It makes them more flexible, more creative. <...> The way young people do things is different, and more productive and more efficient sometimes — Simone Rendeva, Founder, Project Vertica.
Young age is what provides energy to move forward — Dmitry Ioffe, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Clean Games.