Already 51% of the world's 6.9 billion people--3.5 billion souls--live in cities; by 2050 demographers think it will be 70%, or 6.2 billion people. Nearly all of that growth will be in emerging markets like Asia, Africa and Latin America. By 2100, the United Nations estimates, Europe's share of the world's population will be cut in half to 6%, while Africa's will double to 25%.\n
Futures Institute 2011 Kickoff
The MissionFutures Institute 2011
Future Challenge: The Megacity•Already 51% of the worlds6.9 billion people--3.5 billionsouls--live in cities; by 2050demographers think it willbe 70%, or 6.2 billion people.•By 2100, the United Nationsestimates, Europes share ofthe worlds population willbe cut in half to 6%, whileAfricas will double to 25%.Source: Forbes.com
Top 10 Megacities•Tokyo, Japan: 36.7 million•Delhi, India: 22.2 million•Sao Paolo, Brazil: 20.3 million•Mumbai, India: 20.0 million•Mexico City, Mexico: 19.7 million•New York City, USA: 19.4 million•Shanghai, China: 16.6 million•Kolkata, India: 15.6 million•Dhaka, Bangladesh: 14.6 million•Karachi, Pakistan: 13.1 million
Why Cities?Cities as complex systemsCities as microcosmsCities are the core of theemerging worldCities are where the nextgeneration are being bornCities are where we will spendour foreseeable future
The Futures InstituteFounded in 2010 to solve major global challengesthrough the strategic application of foresight.Designed not just to think about the future, but toidentify opportunities and develop solutions tofuture problems NOW.Operating covertly under the auspices of DukeTIP.Leveraging an untapped resource: YOU!
Your Team FRANK SPENCER CHIEF KNOWLEDGE OFFICER SCOTT SMITH CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER LAUREN PETERS DIRECTOR - R&D
Our MissionOver the next two weeks, we will tackle theimminent crises of our megacities in five pieces.You will learn expert research techniques,foresight tools and methods, and gainknowledge of critical areas to attack theseissues.You will apply what you know, and what you cando, to solve these issues by the end of Week 2.
Our MissionYour efforts and insights will culminate in theGrand Challenge.By next Friday, you will bring your solutions to usand your peers for review and selection forfunding by the Futures Institute.