02 June 2016

Help turn global risks into business opportunities

This news is redirected by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from the Global Opportunity Network.

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS PLAN FOR SAVING THE PLANET?

Co-creating opportunities

Collaboration is the key to innovation, so that’s why we’re asking you to help us find the best business opportunities that turn global risks on their head.
The Global Opportunity Network which brings together the world’s sustainability experts, innovators and business leaders to unpack the world’s most pressing and systemic challenges and identify the sustainable new market opportunities that they create. And this year, we’re opening it up to you!

Help us find the opportunities that businesses can act on that will deliver social, environmental and financial returns. And in return, you’ll be in with the chance of winning one of five Little Sun solar lamps, designed by award-winning artist Olafur Eliasson.

The Global Opportunity Network wants to know:

  1. What business opportunities lie in solving the five risks that we are focusing on in the next report?
  2. What new business models, technologies, products and services can meet society’s needs while at the same time generate business value?

Read the latest report: Global Opportunity Report 2016.

What are the five risks?

  • THE CYBERCRIME EPIDEMIC
  • SOIL DEPLETION
  • RISING CONFLICTS AND INSTABILITY
  • MIND THE GAP - THE IMPACTS OF INCOME INEQUALITY
  • CLIMATE DISRUPTED CITIES

What is an opportunity?

Opportunity is defined as a chance for progress in relation to a business generating social, environmental and financial returns. A good opportunity will see the value that can be created by responding to the world’s most pressing challenges and being part of the solution.

What will happen with my suggestion?

Our call for suggestions forms one part of a year-long collaborative innovation process which includes an Opportunity Lab in New York. Our experts will assess all the suggestions and help define which can go forward in the process. The Global Opportunity Report, published in 2017, will showcase 15 final opportunities.

The deadline for submitting a contribution is June the 30th 2016.