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The myriad of Grand Challenges facing the world are growing, and many are growing at an exponential rate. Despite significant emphasis and investment, advances in meeting the Millennium Development Goals are not enough to reach them by the 2015 deadline. In global health, disease and pandemics such as malaria, avian flu, and cholera affect more than a billion people. Lack of access to energy limits the economic development of billions while at the same time energy production is one of the principle causes of global warming – accelerating global climate change and putting places and people throughout the world at risk. These exponentially growing Grand Challenges will take political will, large investments, and the development of equally accelerating technologies to affect large enough numbers of people to make a real difference. Without immediate large-scale responses, the continuing effects of these challenges in the next ten years will range from unacceptable to disastrous.
The Katerva Solutions Center represents a coordinated effort through Katerva’s networks to identify and eliminate the world’s Grand Challenges. Taking on one Grand Challenge at a time, the Katerva Solutions Center will focus its expert, media, investment, political and social networks around developing business models, products or services that can positively impact a billion people within a decade. The approach we will use combines new elements of crowdsourcing, appreciative inquiry techniques, social technology with traditional innovation and business tactics to create a global engine to solve these challenges.
At its core, the Solutions Center is a platform for action. It is a virtual space where everyone – regardless of colour, creed or culture – can gather together to make a difference.