Basilinna at the Misk Global Forum

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‍Queen Rania of Jordan speaks at the Misk Global Forum 2017. Photo/New My Royals

Basilinna was delighted to participate in the Misk Foundation’s second annual Misk Global Forum, which focused on “Meeting the Challenge of Change.” The Misk Global Forum is a flagship ongoing platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy. Established in 2016, the Misk Global Forum brings young leaders, creators, and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change. Almost 2000 people participated in the Forum this year. Designed in partnership with the world’s leading universities and most accomplished global companies, Misk was creative in designing an interactive and lively program to highlight the four thematic pillars of the forum: Live, Learn, Work, and Contribute.  These four themes were addressed in plenary sessions, master classes in Deep Dives, and workshops in Skills Garages to build actionable knowledge across a broad range of topics such as:

  • Brain Training: how to optimize your attitude and mind for life-long learning
  • Tomorrow’s Cities: planning sustainable and smart cities
  • Robots and Us: redefining what being human means
  • The Secrets of Success: how to build a long and happy life
  • Tomorrow’s Workplace: forces and trends affecting the future of work.

The pre-forum event included a special speech by Bill Gates announcing the partnership between the Gates Foundation and the Misk Foundation for the  “Misk Grand Challenges”. Over the next three years, Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, offering 100 innovators across the world a grant of $100,000 to develop their ingenious ideas into reality. 

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan later kicked off the forum with her speech: “Children have a boundless ability to dream, even in the tightest of places”. She outlined the challenges that many children in the region are facing now with the rise of extremism, and the need to support them now more than ever. In the midst of discussing the future, Basilinna’s CEO, Deborah Lehr joined the panel discussion: Planet Earth, Our Shared Responsibility. 

The panel was moderated by John Defterios, CNN Money Emerging Markets Editor. Along with her co-panelists, they addressed the importance of preserving the planet and using innovative approaches to ensure a future for the youth and the planet on which we all live. Renowned Oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, gave a keynote speech within the panel stating, “we are all a part of, not apart from nature”. Lehr emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships for sustainability and growth. 

The two-day forum included luminaires and seasoned experts in various fields providing youth with support, encouragement, and innovative insights in answering the problems of today and meeting the challenges of change.

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