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27 Jul 2022

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A POWERFUL CREATIVE INFLUENCE

Marcus du Sautoy in Conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

Journalism, medicine, and the arts are some of the most advanced embodiments... of human endeavour. Can Artificial Intelligence replace them to become doctors, journalists or even artists? Or are some human skills, that include empathy, truly unique, and ultimately impossible to authentically replicate and decode? Watch our extended conversation with Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, and imagine the present and future possibilities of Artificial Intelligence as it relates to human ingenuity and creativity.

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20 Jul 2022

MATHEMATICS DECODES OUR PAST AND PREDICTS OUR FUTURE

Marcus Du Sautoy in Conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy

The ancient mathematicians decoded patterns that brought us our present-day understanding of... the world and the universe beyond. If the secrets of our history can be uncovered through the study of patterns, mathematics may be the best tool we have to predict our future. In this episode of Be Inspired, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy poetically challenges mathematics’ place in society, its relationship with the arts, and its inherent ability to answer questions about our past and predict our future.

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22 Jun 2022

FLIGHT PATH TO THE FUTURE

TRAVEL & TECHNOLOGY

Charual C. Jaitley in Conversation with Navdeep Suri and Zubin Karkaria

Imagine a world where you can leave home for the airport and... engage in a seamless and  contactless experience until you reach your boarding gate. What lies ahead in the future of travel? Our panel has some interesting answers. 

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08 Jun 2022

CAN FASHION MAKE A STATEMENT IN SUSTAINABILITY

Nandita Abraham, Joanne Hsyek, Ingrid Sahu and Ambica Sachin

25 May 2022

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER

India and the UAE, which is celebrating the 50th Year of its... formation, share bonds in trade that go back centuries. The relationship has blossomed into a multi-faceted and successful Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Indian expatriates in the UAE have always been a very strong and sizable presence. The UAE Sovereign Wealth Funds, Mubadala and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority together invested $4.12 billion into India last year. The future holds unbridled potential. Our panel of business leaders look at the road ahead.

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11 May 2022

THE WOMEN WHO LEAD US

Women leaders, both in India and the UAE, are increasingly challenging boundaries,... breaking the once impregnable glass ceiling and taking businesses to greater heights by combining their unique abilities to work tirelessly, think out-of-the-box, blend pragmatism with dreaming big and inspiring those who work for them. Our panel has some of the most influential women leaders who will shape our tomorrow.

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27 Apr 2022

CREATIVE ECONOMY: THE SUNSHINE SECTOR

Roshan Abbas, Mette Degn-Christensen, Hans Frainkin in conversation with Sanjoy Roy

As career goals go through a paradigm shift, more and more people... are turning their ideas and imaginations into livelihoods. The creative economy is one of the world’s most rapidly growing sectors, contributing 3% of the global GDP. Creativity is also a renewable, sustainable, limitless resource that we can find anywhere around the world. As we face climate crisis and the pandemic, its potential to drive a human-centric, inclusive development has never been more relevant. In that sense, creativity is the industry of tomorrow. The year 2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development at the 74th United Nations General Assembly. Our speakers shed light on the future of this Sunshine Sector.

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13 Apr 2022

UAE’s EXPLORATIONS INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Omran Anwar Sharaf in conversation with Sanjoy Roy; Dr. Naslim Neelamkodan in conversation with Ambassador Navdeep Suri

A fascinating session that focuses on the UAE’s famed Amal probe around... Mars and how the Arab nation now plans to venture deeper into outer space, travelling through Venus towards the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Addressed by Dr. Naslim Neelamkodan, assistant professor in UAE University, who works on stars and their impact on the interstellar medium and Omran Anwar Sharaf, Project Director of the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), this is a session that will shed light on an exciting trajectory that lies ahead in space research.

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30 Mar 2022

CHARTING FRONTIERS IN SPACE

Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan

What lies ahead in the Great Unknown and how can more research... be fuelled in human kind’s quest in outer space? Yale astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan has been deep-diving into phenomena in the universe, including black holes and dark matter. Two key areas in cosmology, the origin and evolution of the universe, are mapping dark matter and tracing the history of black holes. In this session, let us find out about these seminal findings & how they have been made even more relevant in the light of the new data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope that shows a black hole at the heart of the dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10 is creating stars rather than gobbling them up! Tune in to Episode 16 of Be Inspired, our series that crystal-gazes into a future of innovation.

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23 Feb 2022

REINVENTING CITIZENSHIP

Dimitry Kochenov, Jessica Omkuti, Sarath Davala in conversation with Indrajit Roy

The world-wide crisis in citizenship is well-documented. As a legal status bestowed... by states on members of a national community, the concept of citizenship can no longer be taken for granted. Ever larger numbers of people traverse national boundaries to live, love and labour in lands different from where they were born. Automation disrupts the economies of labour with which we are familiar. Artificial intelligence challenges recognisable forms of human personhood. Climate change endangers the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Unprecedented prosperity coexists with growing inequality. Religious and ethnic polarisation jeopardises the hard-won gains by movements for social justice in recent decades. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, the COVID19 pandemic struck, changing our world in ways that few other events in recent memory have.

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09 Feb 2022

TOWARDS PATIENT-CENTRIC HEALTHCARE: CHANGING TREATMENT PARADIGMS

Luke Grenfell-Shaw, Dev Mukherjee, Dr. Bidhu K Mohanti in conversation with Poonam Bagai

The road ahead for responsible healthcare lies in making patient-centric care at... the heart of the treatment process & including patients, the most affected, in every step of the decision-making. ‘The Global Charter on Meaningful Involvement of People living with NCDs’ rallies all stakeholders such as governments, international institutions, civil society and the private sector to put patients who are 'people' at the centre of caregiving. Our speakers are survivors, fighters, and change-makers of extraordinary grit and courage. Let’s find out from them their dreams for the future of sensitised caregiving.

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26 Jan 2022

THE ROLE OF ENVIRONMENT CONSCIOUSNESS IN EDUCATION INNOVATION

Kartikeya Sarabhai, Vandana Narang in conversation with Nandita Abraham

As we face up to the challenges of an ongoing environmental crisis,... it is becoming increasingly important that we exercise concrete efforts to include sustainability, recyclability and environmentally-conscious goals in what we wear. This can perhaps happen more easily if our fashion & design schools incorporate environmentally-conscious themes in their education & teaching syllabi. Some schools like the NIFT, India, the London College of Fashion & Cambridge University have already set the trend by teaching responsible fashion. What should the future of fashion & design education look like? Our panel deliberates.  

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05 Jan 2022

INNOVATIONS IN FASHION: SUSTAINABLE TEXTILES

THAT CAN SET TRENDS FOR THE FUTURE

Atul Bagai, Pavithra Muddaya, Satyajit Vetoskar in conversation with Archana Surana

  Sustainable fashion or eco-fashion is a movement to foster change in the... fashion ecosystem towards greater ecological integrity and social justice and goes beyond just textiles and products, but addresses an entire process through which clothing is produced, and how long it lasts before clogging our landfills. The Circular Design Challenge, supported by UNEP, has produced a series of mind-boggling innovations in textile design, source material, and its purpose & aim towards larger goals beyond sartorial fashion. This panel examines some ways forward in how what we wear can transform our lives.  

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15 Dec 2021

TOWARDS ENDING PERIOD POVERTY

Empowering women with sustainable menstruation hygiene

Dr Smita Mohanty, Annie Namala in conversation with Imran Ahmad

  As the world marches towards unprecedented heights in science, tech and an... information revolution, 64 per cent of India’s women do not have access to basic menstrual hygiene; nearly 23 million girls drop out annually from school once they start their period; and only 15 per cent of girls in India had access to sanitary pads during the lockdown in 2020. There is no time like NOW to work towards future course correction while finding sustainable solutions for menstrual waste, poised as we are towards an environmental emergency with plastic waste trebling in double-quick speed. This can only happen through game-changing innovation supported by both government and private players. Our panel throws light on one such transformational innovation while finding large-scale solutions to a future that can make our women’s journeys empowered, free and worthwhile.  

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24 Nov 2021

Affordable & Sustainable Housing

Towards a Smart Design Architecture

Rupali Gupte and Bijoy Ramachandran in conversation with Suparna Bhalla

With all buildings required to be net-zero carbon by 2050 to meet... the goals of the Paris agreement, the demand for smart buildings is only increasing. One of the basic requirements of a smart city to sustain itself is housing. Without housing, sustenance and further growth of a smart city will be limited. The future smart cities will require a good amount of affordable housing to cater to the large middle and lower income demographic. This is where the Smart City Mission and Affordable Housing converge to mutually benefit each other and further the goal of development.ow can this be enabled wherein sustainable architecture can marry affordable housing?

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10 Nov 2021

HOW THE CONFLUENCE OF IDEAS & INSTRUMENTS HAS PROPELLED PROGRESS IN SCIENCE

Priyamvada Natarajan in conversation with Michael Lemonick

The universe is full of matter and gravity pulls all matter together.... The Hubble Space Telescope’s phenomenal observations of very distant supernovae showed that, a long time ago, the universe was actually expanding more slowly than it is today. The universe therefore is in accelerated expansion. But what is causing this? Theorists have determined this to be dark energy, of which more is still unknown than known. It turns out that roughly 68% of the universe is dark energy; dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest - everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, adds up to less than 5% of the universe! Einstein was the first person to realise that empty space has incredible properties, many of which are just beginning to be understood. What human beings are struggling and indeed racing to understand are the mind-boggling possibilities of dark energy – and for that, what is needed is more data and yet more data, that can be accorded by instruments and theories together. This session delves into that realm of possibilities in space research that both ideas and instruments together can enable.

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20 Oct 2021

FINDING OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE

HUMAN IMPULSE FOR EXPLORATION

The much-awarded science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, known widely for his... acclaimed Mars Trilogy, feels that human beings are doing more to change the planet than any other force, ‘from bedrock up to the top of the troposphere’ and ‘by no means do we have godlike powers on this planet’. Robinson's work portrays characters struggling to preserve and enhance the world around them in an environment dominated by individualism and entrepreneurialism, backed by political and economic authoritarianism oblivious to the environment. Is the human urge for space exploration a similar attempt fuelled by hubris and selfish ambition to colonise space? Can we become explorers in the real sense and realise our miniscule place in the gigantic order of things that is the universe, which remains at once our life-force as well as our deepest mystery? In this session, Robinson answers these questions and more.

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29 Sep 2021

Sustainable Farming

Changing agriculture, one milestone at a time

Agriculture is a sector in which the possibilities are boundless. While the... SDGs indicate sustainable agriculture with zero hunger as the 2030 agenda, some innovations are already propagating food-growing independence through advanced automation, heralding the hydroponics revolution, and Cropdata in order to help India’s farmers and find a digital solution to a longstanding problem. Let's look at our goals more closely with those who are at the heart of these innovations.

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15 Sep 2021

Is the Copernican Moment in Economics About to Come?

Arun Maira in conversation with Dennis J. Snower

Two questions are being asked with increasing frequency both in India and... around the world. Is our pattern of economic growth sustainable? And fair? It is clear that a new approach is required for human development and societal progress in order to mitigate the prevalent risks to the environment and social harmony. Dennis J. Snower, Professor of Macroeconomics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Senior Research Fellow of the Blavatnik School of Governance, Oxford University and President of the Global Solutions Initiative, which provides policy advice to the G20, feels economics is reaching its “Copernican” Moment – the moment when it is finally becoming clear that the current ways of thinking about economic behaviour are inadequate. In conversation with former Planning Commission Member Arun Maira, Professor Snower unpacks the idea of the future of “evonomics”. 

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01 Sep 2021

Reimagining Education for an inclusive Future

Atishi Marlena, Bikkrama Daulet Singh in conversation with Sarah Jacob

From start-ups with foresight to new innovations in the field of VR-fuelled... education and changes planned in current education systems, education is set to undergo a paradigm shift in the post-pandemic world and in the years to come. Can future policies pave a way for change and if indeed they can, will blended learning stay as a gamechanger wherein education can actually impart lifeskills, mental sustenance, and awareness about global issues to large tracts of students with targeted outreach plans rather than centre around prescribed and time-honoured syllabi? The time is ripe for us to take a good look at our education systems and ask what is their real purpose - imparting knowledge, increasing employability or creating well-rounded, kinder and thinking adults? In ancient times, Plato's Academy taught a range of topics such as philosophy, astronomy, mathematics, politics, physics and more, and it was all part of the 'Platonic Philosophy'; interestingly, now some private universities are again focusing on the liberal arts that cover Humanities; Social Sciences; Natural Sciences and Formal Sciences. Can we start re-looking at education's larger goals in the midst of our bid to equip children for the rat race? Join us, along with our diverse panel of experts, to explore these topics in greater detail.

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18 Aug 2021

Environment

Overcoming the clear & present danger

T. Pradeep, Dr. Amitabh Saran in conversation with Bahar Dutt

This session lays down future blueprints for two of modern-day’s most pressing... concerns - accessing clean air & water!   Air pollution is humanity’s clear and present danger and automobiles are the worst offenders. Solutions like ‘odd-even’ only have a temporary effect and cause inconvenience to the most vulnerable stakeholder, people who do not have odd or even numbered cars suffer while the rich, likely possessing both, are unaffected. In our focus is Altigreen’s NEEV, an electric 3-wheeler (L5 cargo), currently in series production & available in multiple variants, powered by a 11 kWh battery, and ARAI-tested at an unprecedented 180 km range. It is already in use by leading e-commerce and FMCG companies like Amazon, Flipkart, Zomato, Delhivery, IFB. The innovator behind Altigteen is Amitabh Saran, who has enabled products that can allow India to become fuel-efficient while causing negligible damage to the environment. The question, as we look into the future, is what are the scope and scalability of such devices? In focus are also water conservation models, as we talk to Professor Pradeep of the IIT, Chennai, who is steeped in developing safe and affordable technologies for drinking water purification. His pesticide-removal technology is estimated to have reached about 10 million people and his arsenic removal technology, approved for national implementation, is delivering arsenic free water to about one million people every day.  

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04 Aug 2021

The Future of Medicine

Tech, AI & molecular research

Jahnavi Phalkey in conversation with Ashish Tripathi, Dr. Tavpritesh Sethi and Toby Walsh

In many ways, the future of diagnostics lies in technology, machine learning,... molecular biology and cutting-edge R&D. According to  the Future Healthcare Journal, AI will be increasingly applied within healthcare , especially for the tasks of diagnosis and treatment recommendations, patient engagement and adherence, and administrative activities of the healthcare workforce. What does this mean for the treatment and prediction of future pandemics and for cutting edge research across medicine? Our diverse panel of experts seeks answers for you.

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21 Jul 2021

Future of mental health

From individual suffering to collective action

Shelja Sen in Conversation with Prof. Shekhar Seshadri and Dr David Denborough

The pandemic has wreaked havoc with our mental health – the impasse... of isolation, anxiety fear, overwhelming grief at the loss of people close to us, and grieving families unable to get a sense of closure has made all us live on edge clutching at straws and craving mental equilibrium. It does appear that we will be living in relative isolation long after the current waves are over as no one knows when the coronavirus will weaken its sting. This conversation will look at concrete ways for us to get out of a deepening mental morass in the medium and longer term and shed light on how crippling anxiety is affecting the overall health of populations across continents.

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07 Jul 2021

The New Leaders

Facilitating the 'firefly-up' model for systemic change of economies

Arun Maira in Conversation with Adam Kahane

The Covid pandemic has been an enforced stress test of the health... of economies, global supply chains, and the resilience of societies. It has highlighted deep structural weaknesses in them. To move from immediate recovery to a building of more resilient economies, multifaceted change for the future is essential. Many systems will have to be rebuilt simultaneously—economic systems, trade systems, and public health and education systems. The top-down leadership approach, with solutions by experts often disconnected from ground truths and people —which seems to be the default option whenever complex, large-scale problems have to be solved - is the wrong way to create resilient societies. Complex global problems require local systems solutions implemented collaboratively by communities, who act locally while keeping the big picture in mind. Therefore a new model of change and leadership is required-- a ‘firefly-up' model in which leaders facilitate better collaboration amongst stakeholders rather than direct them against their will. Adam Kahane has used this approach to help people in many countries around the world. He is a leading architect and facilitator of collaboration processes and an author of several books on the subject. Presently, he is Director of Reos Partners, a global social enterprise that helps businesses, governments, and civil society organisations work together to address complex challenges. Adam Kahane discusses a systems transformation model of governance with Arun Maira, former Member of India’s Planning Commission, a leading practitioner himself of participative systems transformation and author of several books on the subject as they both look into the time ahead. 

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