A new global initiative launched today by DNV GL and Monday Morning
Global Institute aims to identify opportunities for sustainable
responses to a range of global risks. A series of eight workshops around
the globe marks the start of the identification process. The results
will be published in the first Global Opportunity Report in January 2015.
The first workshop takes place today in Johannesburg today. Over the
coming two weeks, workshops in Abu Dhabi, London, Mumbai, Oslo,
Shanghai, San Francisco and Sao Paulo will follow, all gathering unique
localized insights into how societies can handle the looming
sustainability challenges in ways that not only protects life and
property today but also acts as a leverage to create more prosperous and
resilient societies for the future.
"Seeing sustainability challenges as opportunities rather than risks
might seem a bit optimistic at first glance, but it is a necessary
change of mindset," says Bjørn K. Haugland, Chief Sustainability
Officer at DNV GL. "We know that we need to act fast and in
collaboration if we are to address the problems ahead of us. Looking
only at the risks to lifestyles and business as we know it might cloud
our vision. The greatest risk we are facing is not seeing the
opportunities in the transition to a safe and sustainable future."
The Global Opportunity Workshops will identify oportunities related to
five global risks: Extreme weather, Continued Rise in Non-communicable
Diseases, Water Scarcity, Urban Breakdown and Lock-in to Fossil Fuels.
The workshops - called Opportunity Panels - will gather creative and
innovative individuals from business, academia, NGOs, youth
organisations and public offices
"We need the input from all sectors to help identify areas of
investment with the promise of creating long-term value for society, not
just short-term profit," points out Erik Rasmussen, Founder
and CEO of Monday Morning Global Institute.
The report and the ensuing Global Opportunity Network will be developed
by DNV GL and Monday Morning Global Institute. Following the workshops,
a global survey will be carried out to test which of the identified
opportunities holds the greatest attraction to stakeholders.
"We don't stop after mapping the opportunities. The Global
Opportunity Report will also test the reception of the identified
opportunities by rating them with the help of hundreds of stakeholders.
This rating will help identify the areas where strong alliances for
sustainable action most likely can be forged", adds Erik Rasmussen.
Building on the coming eight workshops, the project will develop the
Global Opportunity Network. The aim of this is to provide an arena to
share initiatives on how an opportunity-focused mindset can be furthered
and how concrete alliances for sustainability can be forged.
About the partners:
DNV GL: Driven by the purpose of safeguarding life, property and
the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and
sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries,
our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers in the
maritime, oil & gas, energy and other industries to make the world
safer, smarter and greener.
Monday Morning is Scandinavia's largest independent innovation
tank, having for 25 year worked on innovating societies. The core in the
work is the ambition to identify new insights to build more resilient
societies. Monday Morning Global Institute brings the experience with
changing agendas and deep knowledge of innovating societies from Monday
Morning to the global debate on sustainability.
For more Information, please visit www.globalopportunitynetwork.org
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