The world still faces plenty of challenges, from climate change and social issues to economic ones to name a few, but there are ways we can move the dial on all of them.


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Firstly, thank you to Delaine and the team at Management Events again for putting on a great episode in our second CXO Series together where it was my pleasure to give a keynote on “Creating the Sustainable Future” – a broad dive into all of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) and how organisations can use them to their advantage to create purposeful sustainable businesses and minimise their own impact on society and the planet.


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Today, everyone knows that the world faces extreme challenges that are getting more extreme by the day – whether it’s climate change which is fuelling extreme weather, the acidification and warming of the world’s oceans, and diminishing global bio-diversity, or whether it’s the global wealth gap that’s shows no sign of decreasing, or the global institutions which are being undermined.


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During my keynote I covered all 16 UN SDG, summarised the problems we face as a society, and presented solutions to all of them that organisations can use as a guide and a template to make their businesses, and the world a more equitable, fairer, and sustainable place.

People. Planet. Purpose.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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