Global Grand Challenges

We empower our global community to solve our planet’s most urgent problems

At Singularity University, we believe that leveraging the convergence of exponential technologies will set us on the path to solve our global grand challenges and shift from an era of scarcity to abundance. There are twelve global grand challenges (GGCs).

In addressing each GGC, we solve for the following three perspectives: 

  • Ensuring basic needs are met for all people
  • Sustaining and improving quality of life
  • Mitigating future risks 

The GGCs are interrelated and interdependent. For example, as we solve for the water challenge, we are also helping to address the health challenge. As we make progress against the learning challenge, we also help address the prosperity challenge.

The twelve GGCs are listed below. Each has an objective that is framed to describe the overarching end-state we feel is achievable—especially if we can count on you to take up the cause with us.

Resource Needs

None

Energy

Ample, accessible and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.

None

Environment

Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth's ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.

None

Food

Consumption of sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.

None

Shelter

Secure, safe, and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation, and industry for all people at all times.

None

Space

Safe and equitable use, and stewardship of, space resources and technologies for the benefit of humanity and our future as a multi-planetary species.

None

Water

Ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.

Societal Needs

None

Disaster Resilience

Effective and efficient disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and rehabilitation that saves lives and livelihoods, minimizes economic loss, and builds resilience both globally and locally.

None

Governance

Equitable participation of all people in formal and societal governance in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights; free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices; and able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.

None

Health

Optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy for individuals and communities.

None

Learning

Access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people at all stages of their lives for personal fulfillment and benefit to society.

None

Prosperity

Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfillment where all people are free from poverty.

None

Security

Safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including in virtual worlds; and protection of physical, financial, digital systems.

Join Us

The challenges we’re addressing are daunting, but we believe they can be overcome. If you’re ready to join our quest and help create positive impact in the world, or amp up the work you’re already doing, we invite you to get involved with our community. Regardless of your location, challenge area(s) of focus, or desired level of involvement, we hope you’ll get involved and help tackle these urgent problems. You can also monitor our collective progress in addressing these challenges and stay abreast of exponential technologies by subscribing to our newsletters.