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.
Ample, accessible and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.
Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth's ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.
Consumption of sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.
Secure, safe, and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation, and industry for all people at all times.
Safe and equitable use, and stewardship of, space resources and technologies for the benefit of humanity and our future as a multi-planetary species.
Ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.
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.
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.
Optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy for individuals and communities.
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.
Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfillment where all people are free from poverty and able to thrive.
Safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including in virtual worlds; and protection of physical, financial, digital systems.
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.
If you're using exponential technologies to positively impact humanity on a global scale, we encourage you to sign up to be notified when applications become available for the Global Grand Challenge Awards.
We're teaming up with some of the world's most influential impact organizations, as well as companies that are actively investing in a brighter future, to evaluate the potential human and economic impact of GGC Award applicants, and to offer connections, opportunities, resources, and recognition to their projects.
Learn more about the 2017 Global Grand Challenge Awards here.