17 Nov Kiva’s Julie Hanna explores the impacts of digitalisation at the Xynteo/Norway Exchange
The second Marketplace of the Xynteo Exchange/Norway opened for business by taking inspiration from a leader who offers us her own experience of connecting talent, capital and ideas for a new kind of growth.
Julie Hanna is Kiva’s executive chair and president Obama’s ambassador for global entrepreneurship. In her address, she focused on the effects of digitalisation on global civilisation.
“Humanity is at an inflection point, with the digital world reshaping our world – even what it means to being a human being.” Technology has been “the most democratising force in the history of humankind.” she said.
Julie went on to warn us that modern technology represents a double-edged sword. She argued that it has “amplified the highest side of our nature and our worst.”
A survivor of war and an immigrant, she spoke about the one of the most challenging problems we face: the forced displacement of millions of people through violence, political repression, climate change and poverty.
She argued that “we have entered an era of permanent displacement.”
An entrepreneur herself, Julie ended her speech by highlighting the potential for business to be an agent of positive change in an increasingly turbulent and inequitable world.
“When we shape companies’ cultures and values, we shape our culture at large. We have a profound opportunity to build companies that are incubators for a good society: businesses for the world!”