At Singularity University we believe that leveraging the convergence of exponential technologies will set us on the path to solve our Global Grand Challenges and shift from an era of scarcity to abundance. There are twelve global grand challenges (GGCs).
Each GGC includes three perspectives: ensuring basic needs are met for all people, sustaining and improving quality of life, and mitigating future risks. The GGCs are inter-related and inter-dependent. As an example, solving for the water challenge, the health challenge becomes much more doable.
The twelve GGCs are listed below. Each has an objective that is framed to describe the overarching end-state we feel is achievable.
Access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people at all stages of their lives for personal fulfillment and benefit to society.
Ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.
Safe and equitable use, and stewardship of, space resources and technologies for the benefit of humanity and our future as a multi-planetary species.
Optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy for individuals and communities.
Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfillment where all people are free from poverty.
Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth's ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.
Consumption of sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.
Ample, accessible and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.
Safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including in virtual worlds; and protection of physical, financial, digital systems.
Effective and efficient disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and rehabilitation that saves lives and livelihoods, minimizes economic loss, and builds resilience both globally and locally.
Equitable participation of all people in formal and societal governance in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights; free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices; and able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.
Secure, safe and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation, and industry for all people at all times.