In a world struggling with both prosperity and security we persist in defining ourselves by borders and distrust of “the other”. The results of this current strategy are on the news every hour, it is not working. A paradigm shift is called for and immediate ongoing systemic innovation is demanded; with collaboration across borders, sectors, disciplines and cultures.
Therefore the only way forward is working in collaboration to insure that no person remains forced to identify as displaced and harnessing the power of BigData technologies to do so systematically and pragmatically.
The single figure for which the HumanTech Innovation Lab demands action, that drives our work and frames our innovation is:
65+ million displaced globally are 65+ million potentially productive individuals in limbo. 65+ million minds and wills fighting daily to retain hope against all the odds, driven by aspirations to build a better life and trusting that their sacrifices bear testimony to their right to respect.
The HTiL calls for constructive collaboration including :
- Governments’ systematic implementation of sustainable win-win policies for host communities as well as refugees
- Pragmatic support acknowledging that being ‘displaced’ is a circumstance and not an identity. This demands action for meaningful integration in recognition of every individuals’ historical and aspirational context
- Acknowledgement of our shared responsibility to deliver pragmatic, constructive action for secure and productive integration and/or reintegration
- Finally, recognition that both sustainable prosperity and security can never be realised in isolation. They must be shared and inclusive by design or they are doomed to be undermined
“I am what I am because of who we all are.”
Zulu, Nguni Bantu definition of “humanity”