The Philanthropy Summit represents an opportunity for many of the world’s most powerful names to meet and engage with some of the world’s most intractable problems, from extreme poverty across the continents to the ways technological advances could help to end it. With philanthropic pledges from the world’s wealthiest now on the rise, the prestigious event signals an opportunity for givers to decide on the wisest ways to distribute their donations.
The annual Sustainable Brands conference is the go-to event for sustainability, brand and innovation professionals whose ambition it is to utilise brands as a tool for transformative change. The underlying focus is on the importance of human ideas and innovation in arriving at a more responsible set of perspectives and disciplines for business. This year’s speakers are an impressive line-up of CEOs and presidents, from companies including Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Rainforest Alliance.
A conference for those that have failed, or think they might fail, FailCon offers a one-day opportunity for entrepreneurs, developers and designers to better understand the labyrinthine industry that is technology. Statistics vary, but it appears the chances of a start-up producing a successful business are around one in 10. However, the conference stresses that failure is not the end, but that mistakes should be embraced and built upon.
The World Business Forum brings together a diverse mix of speakers, each equipped to offer advice on tackling the challenges posed by business today, across a spectrum of sectors. Among those giving speeches this year is the former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, film industry icon Robert Redford, influential writer Malcolm Gladwell, Columbia Business School Professor Rita McGrath, and Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert.