Wisdom House Davos 2020

About Wisdom House Davos 2020

The inaugural edition of Wisdom House was hosted in Davos during the 2020 WEF Week (21-24/01). The concept is intended as a space for qualified non profit NGOs and assimilated organizations which have a valuable message to share with the world but can’t afford the steep prices charged by other Davos venues during the WEF Week.

Admission for the general public is based on the old Italian « caffè sospeso » tradition, in which a person who had good news gets into a bar and buys two coffees, drinking one and leaving the other « suspended » for someone coming later who had bad news to have it as a random gift from a stranger.

Inspired by the tradition above, we invite Davos residents for free to all sessions and non residents are asked to bring healthy food and drink for two people (themselves and a Davos resident); any non consumed items are donated to local charities; cash equivalent contributions (CHF20+) are also welcome for those who do not wish to carry food and drinks to the venue.

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Final Program for Wisdom House Davos 2020

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Everyday from Tuesday 21/01 to Friday 24/01 (10:00 to 18:00)
Resilient Homes Design Challenge Exhibition

Build Academy, the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and UN-Habitat would like to invite you to the exhibition of the winning projects from the Resilient Homes Design Challenge at the Wisdom House Davos from January 21-24 10:00 – 18:00. The Challenge generated designs for disaster-resilient and sustainable houses that could be constructed for under $10,000 for people living in areas affected by or vulnerable to disasters caused by natural hazards.

Disasters caused over 23 million people to become homeless in the past 10 years. When last year’s Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean island country of Dominica, only 11 percent of the homes on the island remained intact. More recently typhoon Dorian devastated the Bahamas. It is often the poorest that suffer the most from these shocks.

Over the next 30 years, more than half of the expected building stock will be constructed, most of them in rapidly growing cities in developing countries in Asia and Africa; and on average, 55 to 70% of the built areas will be devoted to housing. The policies and decisions that occur in cities over the next 15-20 years will shape the world we live in. Housing design and planning can play a big role in making cities more resilient.

The Resilient Homes Challenge is a global effort towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, namely target 11.1 to provide access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing by 2030, and target 11.5 to reduce the number of deaths and people by disasters.

The Challenge called on architects, engineers, designers, and students from all over the world to design proposals for up to three scenarios:

● Scenario 1: Island countries affected by earthquakes, storms, and flooding;

● Scenario 2: Mountain and inland areas affected by earthquakes and landslides; and

● Scenario 3: Coastal areas affected by storms and flooding

Over 3,000 professionals from over 120 countries participated in the Challenge, resulting in over 300 team submissions. A jury of international experts selected four winning designs for each of the three scenarios, for a total of twelve winners, which will be exhibited at the Wisdom House Davos on January 21-24.

http://resilienthomes.org

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Tuesday 21/01/2020

16:00 – 19:00

EPX Community Gathering

EPX is a global community including from legendary astronauts and explorers to World Cup and gold medal champions to thought leading entrepreneurs in AI, VR and more. In Davos, many members of the community were involved in the organization of SDG related sessions and this was their gathering at the beginning of the WEF Week to coordinate several of those activities. epxworldwide.com

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Wednesday 22/01/2020

10:00 – 11:45

The State of Women Institute 

Inaugural State of Women Forum with the participation of HRH Queen Diambi of Congo.

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Wednesday 22/01/2020

14:00 – 15:30

Time for Action NOW! TOMORROW IS TOO LATE!

In 2022 we’re halfway in the 2030 Agenda. We need to be halfway in the implementation!

A conversation with Jakob Tröllback, who designed the SDG logos and is the Founder + Chief Creative Officer of The New Division; he will be joined by Inge Relph (Executive Director at GlobalChoices.org), Helena Lindemark (Founder, 2022 Initiative Foundation and Sustainable Development Sweden AB) and Isabelle Axelsson (School Striker, Fridays For Future)  

To accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and hold today’s leaders accountable, we need milestones and Interim Targets. The year 2022 is halfway to 2030. 2022 is also the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm 1972, the world’s first UN conference on sustainable development, and 50 years since the formation of UNEP (today UN Environment). Through milestones, Interim Targets, a simplified way of understanding the SDGs, combined with tangible KPIs and digital solutions to track progress, we can speed up the process. Seminar and workshop for participants to sign up for concrete action and setting brave targets until 2022. Official launch of the 2022 Initiative. 

Programme 14:00 Introduction Helena Lindemark, 2022 Initiative Foundation (10 min) 

14:15 – 15:15 Panel discussion and interaction with the audience: Jakob Trollbäck, The universal language of the SDGs and the need for action now Isabelle Axelsson, Demand for ACTION from and for future generations Inge Relph,– We are in a global crisis – it’s time for action now. Johan Falk, We need an Exponential Roadmap! Panel and workshop with questions to the panel and the participants, using www.menti.com 

15:20 Closing remarks – How far can we get till 2022? And what are you going to do? 

15.30 End of event 

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Thursday 23/01/2020

10:00 – 11:30

The Worlds First Ever Global Action Plan + Digital Ecosystem for Earth

PART 1 – The Worlds First Ever Global Action Plan

The human race is experiencing a major moment of awakening an organism divided against itself is doomed we are hitting an exponential curve on Positive Climate Action and Cleaning up the only home we have rebalancing and returning to the safe operating space of our planetary boundaries.

PART 2 – Digital Ecosystem for Earth

What are the top 20 priorities that have been identified to build an ecosystem for the planet.

#digitalecosystem

Session led by Marc Buckley
https://marcbuckley.earth

#DLD #marcearth #SDGs #GlobalGoals #UN #WEF #ClimateActionNow #Earth #futurio

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Thursday 23/01/2020

15:00 – 17:00

Triple Bottom Line Interactive Gathering and Panel Discussion

Interactive Gathering and Panel Discussion to Advance Triple Bottom Line

A vision to bring together business, investors, and partners that are committed to Triple Bottom Line and aligning with sustainable development goals. This is just the start of us being able to create multiple international chapters for this Triple Bottom Line Think Tank aligning with Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Fatema Hamdani Co-Founder & President Kraus Hamdani Aerospace
  • Chris Cozzone Consumer & Sustainability Lead Bain Capital
  • Peta Milan International Advisory board World Sustainable Development Forum
  • Imran Sayeed Board Member; Sr Lecturer; Co-Founder Dawood Hercules; MIT Sloan; Teach The World
  • Kristine Mae Magtubo Physician; Technoprener; Impact Investor; Yogi Ignite Impact; Veris Tech
  • Ben Rudnick CPO & Chief Exponential Inspiration Officer Excelera Health
  • Justin Birenbaum Global Partnerships TED

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Thursday 23/01/2020

18:00 – 19:00

Infopoverty

Cocktail reception provided by the founders of Infopoverty announcing their upcoming World Conference annual event at the UN NY on April 17th “Towards the digital society inspired by SDGs – eWelfare for all, clean energy, circular economy”.

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Friday 24/01/2020

16:00 – 19:00

Wisdom Health

Ancient futures, an intimate conversation through introspection, values, purpose and impact

16:00 – 17:30: Conscious Leadership: Heart – Body – Connection (Lower Ground Foyer)

17:30 – 19:00: Community Circular Unpanel, Initiated by women

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Wisdom House Davos
Foyer UG, Schulstrasse 4, 7270, Davos Platz
marcelo@wisdomaccelerator.org

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Wisdom House Davos 2020 Media Coverage

I hope that when the next forum is organized it will be remembered what the idea was in 2003 and why the forum was created. Fortunately, I visited the “Wisdom House Davos 2020” in the middle school building … I felt something of the original, unadulterated “Spirit of Davos”.

Marianne Christen, Davos resident

Cover Story, Davoser Zeitung, Friday 17/01/2020

“A small thank you to the local population”

Davos is bursting at the seams. Everywhere there are new exhibition areas created by different providers and they all have something in common: only WEF participants are invited.

The “Wisdom House Davos” that is just being built is refreshing for the resident crowd. Its focus is strictly non-commercial and it is aimed directly at the local population.

Marcelo Garcia has been a regular and super well-connected visitor to the WEF Annual Meeting and Davos for a long time. “I come here several times a year to reflect and seek inspiration”.

The Brazilian, who has been living in Switzerland for 14 years (he has just sent in his application for naturalization) is the founder of various non-profit organizations that deal with questions about future developments and more specifically how Digital Transformation with broad and far reaching benefits can be deployed.

He has been working for and with the United Nations pro bono for several years. This year Garcia is organizing the Youth Camp “WisdomAccelerator.org” for the second time at Jschalp during the WEF week. The idea is to bring young people from all over the world into direct contact with the many outstanding personalities who are in Davos during this time.

In addition to fun and games in the snow, the teenagers get engaged in topics related to advanced know-how and challenging ideas. It is important to him that the event is “WEF neutral” – this means that the infrastructure, which is already strained to the point of tearing apart, should not be put under additional strain.

“An opportunity for non-profits”

He is now driving his latest project with the same approach. His two entities “WisdomAccelerator.org” and DAVO (Davos Association of Venue Organizers) together created “Wisdom House Davos” in the lower ground foyer of the Davos Primary School building.

Qualified non-profit organizations can present their projects and ideas strictly in line with the goals of the WEF. While usually in the fight for presentation space flooded with money during the WEF Annual Meeting, they usually have to stay silent in the background.

“Wisdom House Davos is a private initiative”, says Garcia. “At the same time, it is an opportunity for the wider WEF Community to thank the local population on the 50th Annual Meeting anniversary for their hospitality.”

“Resistant houses”

All of this is still very new., but Garcia hopes to officially open on Tuesday morning with the support of local volunteers. At the center of this year’s “Wisdom House Davos” is an exhibition on Resilient Homes. This was recently shown at the United Nations in New York and is now on its way to Davos.

The exhibition consists of a hundred paper cubes (see front picture) showing the winning projects of the “Resilient Homes Design Challenge” carried out by various international organizations last November. The background of the task was that around 23 million people lost their homes due to natural disasters in the past ten years.

They were looking for constructions that could be built for less than $10,000 and were particularly suitable for areas that are often afflicted or vulnerable to such disasters.

“Payable in good deeds”

Because the project is so new, the program is currently being developed and updated. It is however certain that all speakers and topics should be drawn from the pool of participants already present during the WEF.

Access for the local population will be free, everyone else will be asked to contribute to the food and drinks buffet set up inside the “Wisdom House Davos” or to make a symbolic contribution.

“Wisdom House Davos” is only accessible when school events are not taking place, which is the case on Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and on Wednesday from 11.00am to 12.30pm.

What is still needed now are volunteers who provide their support on an hourly basis – knowledge of English is not necessary.

www.wisdomhousedavos.org

Because the project is so new, the program is currently being developed and updated. It is however certain that all speakers and topics should be drawn from the pool of participants already present during the WEF.

Access for the local population will be free, everyone else will be asked to contribute to the food and drinks buffet set up inside the “Wisdom House Davos” or to make a symbolic contribution.

“Wisdom House Davos” is only accessible when school events are not taking place, so it is closed on Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and on Wednesday from 11.00am to 12.30pm.

What is still needed now are volunteers who provide their support on an hourly basis – knowledge of English is not necessary.

www.wisdomhousedavos.org

(Automated English Translation)


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