Renaissance Summit Series: Toronto
November 15, 2018, Toronto
Calling All Pathfinders
We’re living through a historic moment. A Renaissance moment. One that calls upon us to think and act in brave new ways—while also integrating the wisdom of history.
The Summit is an enabling environment. It aims to get you together in a room with fellow pathfinders—explorers, instigators, creators and thought leaders—amongst whom you can find new allies, have inspired conversations and clarify bold actions. The day is designed to help you push your agenda forward, and to surprise you into finding new directions and connections.
The Canadian Context
The absence or flourishing of courageous, audacious leadership will decide which traits dominate Canada’s next decade.
Join Sixty Peers…
Founder, Taking IT Global
CEO, Audacious Futures
Prof. Sylvie Albert
Past Dean of Business, University of Winnipeg
Director, Global Health Institute, U of T
Managing Director, School of Social Entrepreneurs
Co-Founder, Vector Institute
…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. Medicine is unlocking the mysteries of cancer, yet 2017/18 was the worst flu season in a decade.
Are “health” and “well-being” professional diagnoses? 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?
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 and communities?
Rethinking Art & Culture
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 Old World virtues that are slipping away?
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 small businesses 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?
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?
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 Summit and its outcomes. Facilitators re-rig in realtime to help reach unexpected, inspired destinations.