Registration Opens December 1, 2015
People on the Move
People are on the move as never before.
In India, China, Nigeria and other fast-growing economies, millions are experiencing economic and social mobility for the first time, and are changing their habits, hopes and ways of living. Inventive and productive, they are not staying put.
Others, newly aware of the opportunities that await, are moving to cities, in what the UN Population Fund describes as history’s largest wave of urbanization. Over a million a week. In all, five billion people will be living in towns and cities by 2030. They include restless young men and women in search of jobs — and of meaning.
Others still are forced to flee scarcity, persecution, natural disaster, violent conflict or state failure. The resulting mass migrations comprise nearly 60 million refugees and internally displaced people world-wide, an historic high. Long after the immediate crisis, they will need opportunity not only to survive but to thrive — and to contribute to community.
Like the rapid diffusion of technology, information and ideas, the accelerated movement of people is neither a fleeting nor a passing phase. Rather it is a trend, one which may have predictably dangerous spikes along the way as well as opportunities for improved lives and livelihoods. People on the move are challenging class claims, blurring boundaries, redefining nations and asserting their own individual and cultural identities. They offer evidence that the old order may be unraveling, and another is emerging. This is the new normal.
The 2016 GPF Conference will focus on people on the move and explore strategies to assure that the new normal:
- Engages them as citizens
- Motivates them as workers
- Emboldens them as entrepreneurs
- Inspires them as leaders
The Conference will explore how labor markets are changing, social orders are evolving and states are transforming. It will consider the ways that technology and networks might fundamentally alter the future of work, citizenship, stewardship and leadership.
Join us at the 2016 GPF Conference to explore, understand and build a better new normal.