Day Two of GPF 2015


Leveraging Market Systems for Good: Transforming Global Supply Chains and Protecting those Within — The Case of Slavery
04-23-15_Market-SystemsDuring their plenary session, Stella Dawson, Justin Dillon, Nina Smith, Dan Viederman and moderator Randy Newcomb highlighted approaches to restructuring global supply chains so that they empower rather than subjugate those embedded within the markets they shape or the cultures they influence. Dawson pointed out, “Whenever you have poor, disenfranchised, marginalized people, there is the opportunity of slavery.” Integrated within global supply chains — hidden insidiously within complex and interdependent systems — the world’s most vulnerable populations continue to fall victim to the many forms of modern day slavery. How can we address this issue? Watch the video here.

Special Address: Tony Blair
“The single hardest thing is making change,” said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in conversation with Jane Wales, “People always resist change.” And yet, stewardship of developing economies and effective governance cannot materialize without disruption to the status quo. Nor will we address entrenched global issues without a comprehensive system of collaboration, commitment to more distributive leadership and mechanisms to hold one another accountable against shared aspirations. In particular, Blaire discussed ways in which national governments, the private sector and civil society can share capacities and knowledge to not only shape a shared agenda but, most importantly, to improve scale and efficiency at the point of implementation. Watch video here.

A Tri-sector Approach to Sustainable Development
04-24-15_MohammedHow can tri-sector strategies foster equitable systems of governance? How should business and philanthropy integrate their expertise into intergovernmental processes? And how can a development agenda unfold at the center of growing economies? Alessandro Carlucci, Amina Mohammed, Janice Mwendameru and moderator Glen Galaich discussed ways to foster sustainable growth in which “people and planet” remain at the center. “We understand for the challenges and complexities of the world today — what we need is a global agenda,” said Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Post 2015. “Because we are all in the same boat, we are all in the same global village, what happens to one affects the other inextricably.” Watch the video here.

Leveraging the Disruptive Power of the Internet


Panelists included Alvaro Bedoya, Takunda Chingonzo, Jeremy Malcolm, Julia Stasch and Darren Walker, moderated by Tom Kalil. In a discussion that touched on the empowerment that can be gained through internet access, we heard thoughts on the risks, regulations and security issues that we face in this new frontier. National surveillance programs are nothing new, Alvaro Bedoya reminded us, and some of our most recent heroes in history were victims of surveillance and seen as criminals, like Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1993 all international calls have been logged by the NSA, and if immigrants make most international calls in the US, Bedoya concluded, “the single largest domestic surveillance program in our country’s history was beta tested on immigrants.” Darren Walker noted that when surveillance is in the hands of civilians, however, it allows for wide-scale coverage of events like those in Ferguson to be shared across the globe without media censorship. Watch the video here.