Renaissance Basecamp: Toronto
November 14, 2018
Create the future.
Calling All Pathfinders
We’re living through a historic moment. A Renaissance moment. When epochal events—a return to Asian economic dominance; a 4th information revolution; overlapping demographic, technological and social shocks—force us to rethink how every human system works. A moment that calls us to renew society before it breaks apart.
This Basecamp is an enabling environment. It is a room of fellow pathfinders—explorers, instigators, creators and thought leaders. It is a room in which you can accomplish, in a single day, conversations, insights, allegiances and commitments-to-action that would otherwise take a year to arrange and complete. It aims is to be the single most exhilarating and exhausting day of your year.
This is not a networking event. It is a collaborative, facilitated effort to identify, embark on and/or accelerate society-shifting expeditions together with the best people and the finest tools. It is precious facetime for ventures that we’ll have already begun together by the time we’ve arrived on the day, and that will continue long after we disperse.
The Canadian Context
The absence or flourishing of courageous, audacious leadership will decide which traits dominate Canada’s next decade.
Join Over Sixty Peers…
Managing Director, Focusing Capital for the Long Term
CEO, Audacious Futures
Past President, Academy of Management
Director, Global Health Equity & Innovation, U of T
Managing Director, School of Social Entrepreneurs
Co-Founder, Vector Institute
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar
Chairman, Ideas Beyond Borders
Author, TED Global Speaker
Musical Artist, Juno Award Winner
Founder & CEO, Guides.co
Prof. Sylvie Albert
Past Dean of Business, University of Winnipeg
Founder, Taking IT Global
…In Eight Inspired Expeditions
Millennials and women will inherit $70 Trillion in wealth over the next thirty years. Values are shifting, and our whole economic system might shift with them. But financial literacy is falling. What is the new world of wealth, and how do we get there?
Rethinking Health & Well-Being
Life expectancy is rocketing. Fertility is plummeting. We’re aging fast. Healthcare is a booming $9 trillion industry. With luck, we will all live long enough to need its wares.
Are “health” and “well-being” professional diagnoses? Are they market products? Or are they personal abilities that we can strengthen—even as we suffer chronic or terminal diseases? How do we achieve a pandemic of health?
Rethinking Cities & Community
Most urban environments were designed and built in the Industrial Age, for the Industrial Age. As we race into the Knowledge Age, how much of our cities do we keep—and how much do we raze and rebuild?
The gig economy is the economy. The future of work is the future of freelancing. Hierarchy, status, security and identity are all impacted.
Traditional jobs are disappearing. Robots are stealing the rest. AI promises to free us from drudgery whether we want that or not. How do we build the new world of work—and how do we reimagine the role of work in our lives?
Rethinking Art As An Engine
Traditional patterns and habits of community, identity, experience and memory are being broken. New patterns are being born. How can artists help hold a mirror to this Age of “Disruption”? How can artists help reinvent the virtues that are slipping away?
Rethinking Business & Social Capital
First it was “shareholders.” Then “stakeholders.” Now it’s “society.” The circle of concern to which businesses need to be accountable keeps getting wider. Is it just good PR, or is it good strategy? The average life of a corporation has fallen from 75 years to just 10. How do corporations thrive in the New World? How do SMEs thrive in a digital economy where only the Big survive?
Lectures are the worst way to learn—but, in an analog world, also the most efficient way to teach.
In a digital world, the classroom paradigm is broken. Will the gig economy also destroy degrees and diplomas? How do educators keep up with ever-shifting hard- and soft-skills that society demands? And how do we, the learners, keep up?
Rethinking Meaning & Purpose
Society is convulsing. Ethics. Civility. Truth. Values. As our politics, technology, economy, demographics and culture shift, these words become the flags around which we rally.
The individual is convulsing. Selfies flood our smartphones. So do meditation apps.
Is the right way through this storm to double down on Enlightenment values—reason, rationality, discovery—or to try to reintegrate magic and myth into our sense of self and society?
Will markets solve everything? Or have markets invaded spheres of life where they don’t belong?
Impactful Dialogue By Design
Each Topic Table is anchored by a Host who has already set off on a major expedition to transform their field.
The day flows from diagnosis, to options, to actions, and alternates between focusing and integrating Table conversations.
The participants own the Basecamp and its outcomes. Facilitators re-rig in realtime to help reach unexpected, inspired destinations.