Inspiration to Action // Connection to Impact
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of the Sun Valley Institute, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the sixth annual Sun Valley Forum, The Power of We: Forging the Future Together!, on June 7-10, 2020 at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, Idaho to build the future we want by accelerating solutions for an equitable, secure, and thriving world.
We are at a critical moment for the planet: the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks report found the top 5 global risks in terms of likelihood in the next 10 years are all environment-related:
- Extreme weather events with major damage to property, infrastructure and loss of human life.
- Failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation by governments and businesses.
- Human-made environmental damage and disasters, including environmental crime, such as oil spills and
- Major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse with irreversible consequences for the environment,
resulting in severely depleted resources for humankind as well as industries.
- Major natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and geomagnetic storms.
At the same time, leaders and innovators are showing the way forward with strategies, technologies, business models and partnerships, not to mention the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and Project Drawdown, which are galvanizing action toward the greatest impact opportunities. We look forward to showcasing solutions, while delivering inspiration and direct results, with new projects and partnerships catalyzed at this action-driven gathering. From Fiji to Washington state, the Forum has a track record of results.
The agenda will showcase high-leverage strategies for scaled impact:
Reshaping Systems for the Future We Want: Beyond GDP to metrics that matter
Closing the Loop: Building systems that emulate nature and eliminate waste
Redefining Responsibility: Cooperation over competition for impact and value
Indigenous Leadership: Place-based knowledge to reset the human-nature relationship
Ecosystem Services: Valuing what nature provides
Restoration and Wellbeing: Building a stable climate by investing in nature
Accelerating Local Solutions: Traditional knowledge for global change
Power of Food: Transforming soil, community and capital
Decentralized Energy: Transforming power generation and use
Generation Now: Claiming our Future
Catalyzing Youth Engagement: Innovation, collaboration, impact
Listening to the Inheritors: Surfacing new strategies
Architects of the Future: Youth leadership for a changing world
We will accelerate solutions for an equitable, secure and thriving world at this special gathering in the beautiful Wood River Valley of Central Idaho. We hope you will join us to forge our future, together!
Co-Plaintiff, Juliana v. The United States of America & Action Fellow, Alliance for Climate Education
Senior Climate Policy Advisor Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington State Insurance Commission
The Host: Sun Valley Institute
The Forum is the signature event of the Sun Valley Institute, which was founding in 2015 with a bold mission: to be a catalyze for lasting quality of place: SVI builds economic, ecological and social resilience by pioneering transformative solutions, driving awareness, and convening leaders and innovators for impact. The Institute addresses risks and turns them into opportunities, while serving as a resource to others: a think- and do- tank for our changing world. For more information, please visit: www.sunvalleyinstitute.org and follow the Institute on Twitter @SunValleyInst #SunValleyForum, on Instagram @SunValleyInstitute and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sunvalleyinstitute/.
From government and business leaders to innovators and entrepreneurs, from adventurer-advocates and educators to photographers, authors and filmmakers, past speakers include U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, visionary Paul Hawken and Artic explorer Sir Robert Swan, as well as business leaders from BNP Paribas/Bank of the West, Generation Investment Management, HP, Microsoft and The Weather Company/ IBM and media including The Economist, The New York Times and Rolling Stone.
The Forum will be hosted at the Argyros Theater in Ketchum, Idaho home to the storied Sun Valley resort.