TRUST: Humans, Machines & Ecosystems
Building resilient global food security requires us to navigate a complex net of interactions between the biosphere, economy, technology, and society. Machines and machine-to-machine systems shape and accelerate our social and economic lives, even as climates and ecosystems may seem destined to continue on a tragic path. Our ethical frameworks, our human communities, and our institutions struggle to stay abreast the rate of change. We can no longer consider distinct facets of food security in isolation; we need holistic solutions.
There are good and growing insights about how humanity can live within the natural, biological, and climatic boundaries of the planet. New models are emerging for managing ethics and multi-stakeholder coordination and action. Data and digital technologies are demonstrating the agility, precision, and potential to yield the insights we need to manage this complexity effectively.
To claim these potential solutions we need trust: in institutions, in firms, in dynamic and expanding human communities, and in the technologies themselves that can help us build the future.
Our 2017 convention, our inaugural year, was about forming the right partnerships and alliances. In 2018 we focused on the data mobilization and interoperability needed to build an effective data ecosystem. This year’s Convention will be hosted by The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and held at their campus in Hyderabad, India during 16-18 October.