Global Grand Challenges
At the SingularityU Canada Summit, we believe that our hyperconnected, accelerating world can be made better by leveraging exponential technologies to solve our global grand challenges. Rooted in the foundation set by SingularityU, we believe that a collective approach supported by converging technologies will enable us to shift from an era of scarcity to abundance. The twelve global grand challenges (GGCs) have been identified as critical problems that impact everyone on Earth. Like us, they are all interrelated and interdependent.
Each GGC has been identified as a crucial component of solving for the following three perspectives:
- Ensuring basic needs are met for all people
- Sustaining and improving quality of life
- Mitigating future risks
Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth’s ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.
Ample, accessible, and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.
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 that is 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.
Each GGC is associated with an achievable end state that we believe can be accomplished, especially if we can count on you to take up the cause with us. The GGCs impact us all. Addressing them at all levels—as individuals, organizations, countries, and as a species—will enable us to collaborate and connect for effective solutions.
The challenges we’re addressing are daunting, but we believe they can be overcome. If you’re ready to join our mission to help create positive change in the world, or amp up the work you’re already doing, we invite you to join the community across Canada. Regardless of your location, challenge area(s) of focus, or desired level of involvement, we hope you’ll join us to 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 newsletter.