The world frontiers forum
The World Frontiers Forum unites leaders in industry, culture, and government with pioneering creators across frontiers from contemporary art and music to machine learning and biology. Established around an annual gathering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the WFF aims to catalyze audacious pioneering dreams into works that touch the lives of millions and improve the human condition. The future exists in our collective belief in such efforts.
At the heart of the WFF is the Convergence Project. This unique international collaboration addresses United Nations sustainable development goals and is led by young pioneers—artists, scientists, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs—who work with WFF members to realize their vision. The 2018 Convergence Project, which targets the problem of under-nutrition, is called Foods That Matter.
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The second annual World Frontiers Forum took place on October 14 and 15, 2018 and was attended by some 150 leaders from around the world, including seven U.N. ambassadors and Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination Fabrizio Hochschild. Following an opening address on future challenges and opportunities for frontier change, artists, humanists, engineers, chefs, and other pioneers gathered for talks, performances, networking, meals, and other memorable experiences that included brainstorming sessions with the young pioneers around the Foods That Matter effort.
Tavares Strachan, 2018 Frontier Art Prize recipient, joined SpaceX to launch sculpture honoring fallen astronaut
Strachan’s Enoch sculpture, a canopic jar structure, launched on Monday, December 3, to honor astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.. Lawrence should have been the first African American in space, but died at the age of 32 in a jet crash. By creating this unusual satellite in the form of a 24-karat gold urn, Strachan symbolically sent Lawrence into space. Strachan was one of the first artists selected to participate in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)’s Art + Technology lab, in 2014. At the same time, he began a collaboration with SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell. Shotwell spoke live from her office about SpaceX’s partnership with Strachan during this year’s World Frontiers Forum. To read more about this fascinating project, see this New York Times article as well as the LACMA’s press release.
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Nations have made great strides toward ending hunger, but there’s a long way to go when it comes to providing healthy nutrition.
In Africa, the average person takes in more than 2600 kilocalories per day, up from about 2000 kcal per day in the early 1960s.1 That’s enough for almost any moderately active human. 2 In fact, some African countries now face the opposite of hunger: an epidemic of obesity. But even as incomes and food supplies have grown, 20 to 40 percent of children in sub-Saharan Africa still have severe Vitamin A deficiency. More than 40 percent of pregnant women have anemia due to severe iron deficiency. And similar percentages of people have diets short on folic acid, Vitamin B12, zinc, and iodine.3
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