FARA participated at the International Conference Responsibility to the Future: Business, Peace, Sustainability at Mumbai, India, 26-28 June 2008 organized by the Strategic Foresight Group (SFG). The Strategic Foresight Group is a think tank launched in 2002 by the Mumbai, India-based International Centre for Peace Initiatives (ICPI).
The conference focused on three streams of future economy for innovative problem-solving initiatives: (1) Innovation in knowledge economy - education, media, ICT technologies for peace (2) Environmental challenges for peace (3) Responsible Investments.
With a view to respond to emerging challenges in the context of these three streams, the conference (1) launched practical collaborative initiatives where India plays an important partnership role and (2) identified an agenda for further research and multi-stakeholder dialogues at the global level.
During the Leaders Dialogue on Responsibility to the Future a strategic conversation was conducted by Ms Maria Cattaui, Co-chair and former Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce with:
• Prof Lou Marinoff, Founding President, American Philosophical Practitioners Association
• Dr Michael Nobel, Chairman, Nobel Charitable Trusts
• Dr Monty Jones, World Food Prize Laureate and inventor of new rice for Africa
• Dr Poul Engberg-Pedersen, Director-General, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation