do you see the world today?
How do you see the world today?

More than ever, at this moment of global transformation, we need to learn from each other so we can quickly evolve our thinking, deepen our understanding, and accelerate our impact.

December 15, 2017

Today, things are changing faster than ever. We’re clearly at a moment of great global transition and transformation. It is also a moment of great opportunity. We now have many of the tools to solve previously intractable challenges and vastly improve people’s lives. At Omidyar Network, we are constantly trying to understand where the big opportunities are, how we can accelerate solutions, and what the pitfalls may be as we attempt to help solve massive emerging issues. And we know from our own experience that the best way to learn is from each other — sharing knowledge, experience, and points of view so we can all make progress faster.

That’s why we are launching ON Perspectives, a new series of talks, interviews, and articles from the people in our network. These short talks and articles from Omidyar Network team members, investees, and friends are a glimpse into how we see many of these emerging issues at this crucial moment. They are not meant to comprehensively cover each subject, but simply to share an emerging thought, spark new thinking, or inspire others to get involved. They are the start of a conversation and a snapshot in time of our thinking.

We begin with a series of talks from our recent Omidyar Network Summit, a meeting of our global team held this fall in Silicon Valley. Omidyar Network leaders gave talks on the power of civic technology, the potential and pitfalls for digital identity, the future of work, the role of tech in education, and U.S. financial health, among others. Our hope is that these team members can shed more light on our thinking, our work, and where we are headed as an organization. In the most recent episode, Subhashish Bhadra from the Digital ID initiative answers the question: “Why does Identity Matter?”    

We were also joined at the Summit by a visionary leader, Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who enlightened us all with his inspirational journey, and challenged us in multiple ways. Over the next few months we will publish all of these talks, so check back to make sure you see them all.

The world is evolving quickly, and our thinking will inevitably need to evolve and grow as well. As it does, we will continue to offer our perspective on how we see the world today and where it might be headed. Please share these talks with others and contribute your thoughts so we can all benefit and accelerate our collective impact.

I hope you’re as inspired as we all were when we first heard these ON Perspectives. Enjoy!


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