To make meaningful progress in addressing the challenges of sustainable development requires the ability to integrate macro sustainability goals (and high-tech solutions) with locally developed micro solutions (and low tech alternatives). At the macro strategic level, sustainable development focuses on how nations, regions, or the world establish large-scale sustainability goals, and governance for the transition to new technologies (AI, machine learning, Big Data Solutions, IoTs, alternative industrial and consumer energy technologies and infrastructures). Scalability, on the other hand, is a necessary condition for any of these macro strategies to work globally, as are the steps required to adapt to the locally diverse social and economic conditions. As a subfield of sustainable development, micro-sustainability focuses on how individuals, organizations, cities, neighbourhoods, communities, and businesses choose to transform their activities and social contexts by taking individual steps to change their environment. The global problems caused by these transformations can only be solved with scalable solutions that bridge the gap between high-tech solutions and the affordability of low-tech alternatives. It is impossible to solve a global problem without addressing the enormous social and economic disparities that exist on the planet. Or to imagine a global sustainable evolution that does not take into account and address these various socioeconomic realities. In this session we will discuss with notable experts in the field the infinite relations that might link macro and micro strategies, and the emergence of best practices that can define a unifying global strategy based on local scalable solutions.
Carolina Aguerre, Prof. University of San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Co-director of the Center for Technology and Society (CETYS)
Alexia Massacand, Director MountaiNow, Senior Expert in Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Alberto Bramanti, Prof. Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University, Milan. Italy
Francesco Bonfiglio, Chief Executive Officer – GAIA-X
Gianluca Misuraca, Team Leader of the European “InTouchAI” program, European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI)
Davide Falasconi, Chief Innovation Officer, Ministero per l’Innovazione Tecnologica e Digitalizzazione (MITD)
Jenny Grensman, Secretary General of The Swedish Association of Engineers
Stefano Gazziano, Head of the Technology Transfer Project office at ENEA (Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile), and Prof. at John Cabot University
Francesco Lapenta, Director Institute of Future and Innovations Studies at John Cabot University.
Carlo Gasparrini, Prof., Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II
Rikke Fischer-Bogason, Founding Partner, PlanMiljø Aps, Denmark