The Human Element in Exponential Growth
Co-creating the future with OIST and PDIE Group
OIST and PDIE Group are bringing together an outstanding group of future architects to rethink the way humans will one day live and interact.
In March, we will embark on a journey to co-create self-sufficient, resilient, and sustainable small cities and communities that will serve as a forum for a convergence of technology, culture, and lifestyles, encompassing clean energy/water, regenerative and circular production, health and wellbeing, and social and cultural innovation.
By 2050, 70% of the world’s population are expected to be living in cities and metropolitan areas. Japan’s population is aging and shrinking, especially in rural areas. In regional Japan, a new approach is needed, one that appeals to younger generations and that offers a dynamic combination of sustainable features.
PDIE Group and OIST are gathering some of the world’s most outstanding innovators and future thinkers to envision a roadmap that will help us answer all these questions and more. Our aim is to create a fertile seedbed for innovation by inspiring scientists, policy makers, and investors to take completely new approaches and reinvent the way we coexist with nature.
We have a rich agenda with keynotes and interactive workshop-style sessions. We will bring together people from international and Japanese backgrounds for a productive discussion that will launch an ecosystem of creative minds, investors, and future thinkers who can harness innovation to re-balance growing regional disparities and build prosperous communities.
Some of our keynote speakers include:
Yoshiaki Ishii, METI
Dr. Peter Gruss, OIST president
Tom Bosschaert, Visionary and Founder of Orchid City
Stephan Nicoleau, Venture Capitalist, FullCycle from New York
Ryo Yamada, WOTA, Earthshot Prize finalist
Takashi Sabetto, Address.love, founder and CEO
Malka Older, Science Fiction Author and researcher And more!
We will go through a discovery process and innovation journey following this protocol: “Connect - Scan - Focus - Act.” Our Future Visioning will be inspired both by a technology-centric approach and a human-centric approach. Practitioners and innovators will talk about visions for the future that their breakthroughs will bring to life.
At the end of our gathering, everyone will have a clearer vision of how to build a sustainable small city or community and will have achieved the following outcomes: Key learnings about creating decentralized, self-sufficient, sustainable cities/communities Specific learnings in the area of systems thinking for regenerative agriculture and food systems, renewable energy, sustainable mobility and tourism, and the social/cultural aspects including community governance Knowledge of how to build prototypes for new projects that can be executed within a collaborative community Ways to nurture talent and build new connections
An example of a holistic approach to sustainable living.