Whilst it’s generally recognised that open and big data has huge potential to transform how we manufacture, buy, build, design, and research and interact with each other, we’re interested in how data will drive a sustainable future on our systems such as energy, food and communities. We will be joined by pioneers using data technologies for change, to hear about how open data, data integration and transparency are already accelerating sustainable behaviours, and explore implications for the future.
We look forward to hearing from John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist, at Dell. In this role, John is responsible for driving Dell’s strategy on issues around Environmental Sustainability – including energy, GHG emissions, materials of concern, material use/recovery/reuse, water and the application of technology to environmental issues. In addition, John is Dell’s lead on understanding Net Positive and how it relates to Dell’s current and future business.
And, Sarah Williams, Associate Professor of Technology and Urban Planning & Director of Civic Data Design Lab at MIT School of Architecture & Planning.The Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps, and mobile technologies to develop interactive design and communication strategies that bring urban policy issues to broader audiences. Trained as a Geographer (Clark University), Landscape Architect (University of Pennsylvania), and Urban Planner (MIT), Williams’s work combines geographic analysis and design.
Forum for the Future is an independent, international non-profit working with business, government and civil society in the US, UK, Asia Pacific and India, to drive system level change for a sustainable future. We believe that building a connected and inspired global community of change agents who can think and act systemically is our best chance to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future. Our Network of more than 100 organisations recognises that sustainability issues are already shaping their business context today, and want to actively create the conditions for their future success.
The key systems we all use and rely on must change. It’s critical to reimagine, transform and innovate for long-term success.