Series of Global Innovation Webinar
New Normal and Rethinking: Global Innovation in Post COVID-19 Era
Global Trends, Opportunities and Challenges
in Post Covid-19 Era for International Collaboration in the Global Higher Education, Global Economy and Science & Technology Innovation
Peace, Dignity and Equality on a Healthy Planet
Theme of the Month:
Fulfilling the UN Charter : The Role of Innovation and Technology
It was on June 26th, 1945 that founding members of the United Nations gathered to sign the Charter of the Organization with its pledge to further the "dignity and worth of the human person." Among the specific objectives it cited was "to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” In the 77 years since then, human capacities have enlarged the freedom in which such progress is possible.
Embracing innovation is a strategic model and a new paradigm of the wise who are seeking common development, sharing resources and a win-win solution. It is a social innovation. It refers to a novel and innovative solution to a complicated social problem. The solution is more distinctive, effective and efficient, better, equitable and sustainable than the existing approach. At the same time, it creates value for the benefit of society as a whole. The essential elements, also regarded as the four pillars of the embracing innovation theory, are as follows: a. embracing contradictions, b. heading with the times, c. seeking common ground while maintaining differences, and d. creating harmony and tolerance. These four pillars support and complement each other.
Since ancient times, mankind has been longing for peace. However, the real world is full of conflicts, disasters, plagues, wars and contradictions. How can mankind achieve peace? First of all, people generally tend to regard contradiction as problem or difficult issue and try to avoid it, if so, there is no innovation, there is no development. This paradigm urges people to deal with problem or difficult issues in the positive way, then innovation happens and development follows. Secondly, there are plenty cases and literatures to illustrate how innovation contributes to the success of firms or institutions or countries. There are few literatures on how innovation contributing to peace. The United Nations’ mission is to maintain peace, dignity and equality in a healthy planet. There is in fact an organic linkage between innovation and peace. Innovation, in particular, social innovation, which delivers social and political sustainability, is a strategic instrument in creating peace. However, such an important issue has been less attended for a long time.
Embracing innovation has been the key, including through accepting and reconciling contradictions where they exist between nations and peoples in an affirmed global cause. Throughout development history of mankind, Politian and leaders have used peace-making and diplomacy to establish a certain type of events, activities and behavioural restraint through the signing of various agreements or peace treaties. Such activities have helped the establishment of regional peace, national social and political stability and then the achievement of economic development growth.
A number of areas which were not remotely visualized when the United Nations began are now integrally a part of the lives of our peoples and their planet. These include digital technologies, artificial intelligence, the internationalization and globalization of higher education, youth leadership and cross- cultural leadership, global leadership, and so on. This symposium looks forward to reflecting on these.
You will hear fresh perspectives from our distinguished speakers, education leaders on peace, governance, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership with resilience in the global higher education in the post COVID-19 era.
The main goal of this series of innovation forums is to explore the new normal and rethinking of the global innovation trends, opportunities and challenges in the post COVID-19 era, inspire current and strategic thinking, provide a platform for exploring linkages and mechanisms, and explore appropriate and effective modes of maintaining peace, embracing innovation and sustainability, strategic alliances between governments, universities and global firms, international trade, knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing, culture creativity and technology innovation and collaboration globally. Our intent is to provoke creative and innovative ideas, by bringing together various stakeholders, including academics, researchers, university presidents, deans of business schools, corporate leaders, policy makers, venture capitalists, managers, and senior students for exchange of ideas, research findings, current experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. The intellectual lens will rotate around addressing various questions of new normal and rethinking of global trends, opportunities and challenges in the post covid-19 era with a focus on maintaining world peace, dignity and equality in a healthy planet.
For more information, please visit the website of the forum at https://www.eiucambridge.com/university-president-forum.
United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)
Research Centre for Technological Innovation (RCTI), Tsinghua University, China
China Association for Management of Technology (CAMOT)
ELITE Innovation College Cambridge (EICC), United Kingdom
Trinity Western University (TWU), Canada
GEELY Talent Development Group (DTDG), China
UN New Media Peaceever TV
New Normal, Internationalization, Globalization, Post COVID-19, Global Academic Impact, Global Economic Environment, Peace, Embracing Innovation, Global Responsible Leadership, Collaboration and Development for Education, Science and Technology Innovation