On the first day of the Xynteo Exchange/Norway 2018, participants witnessed an energised panel discussion on what it takes to shift systems of problems to progress. They heard on a range of voices from across politics, business, science and civil society.
Yanis Varoufakis, former Minister of Finance of Greece said, "Never before did we have the degree of cash that we have today, but we're also seeing the lowest level of investment in infrastructure in humanity".
Christer Fuglesang, an ESA astronaut highlighted how when humans first went to the moon, they realised how small the Earth is within the larger system.
Interestingly, Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sámi Parliament of Norway noted that we're not all at the privilege of speaking English. Indigenous cultures of the world are losing out, with phones not even speaking many languages. "It's scary that we're lagging behind in technology development despite great advancements."
James Gowan, VP, Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon, talked about the system of work and technology, and how the system of industries, private sector and human cost must overcome in this new age of automation and advancements.