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Club de Madrid, P80 Group Met in Little Rock to Address World Problems
Little Rock, AR December 19, 2016 – The Global Solutions Institute (GSI) was formed in Little Rock during the Club de Madrid and P80 Group joint proceeding on December 12-14, 2016. GSI will serve as a catalyst for technology companies that have the potential to address the world’s problems, such as water and food scarcity. The institute will match them with sovereign wealth funds whose mission is to include social investing into their portfolios. Fulbright scholars were mobilized to assist with this initiative and help the GSI connect with prospective companies and investors from their respective countries. Interest and an initiative to get involved is welcome from the Embassies and consular offices in the U.S.
Global government, finance and technology leaders descended on Little Rock the week of December 12 for a series of comprehensive meetings to address growing global problems, with plans to deploy innovative technologies to alleviate these challenges. The proceedings built on the Little Rock Accord which was signed in Little Rock in 2012 by a group of more than 100 former presidents and prime ministers of the Club de Madrid and the P80 Group. P80 was founded by HRH Prince Charles to work with large pension and sovereign wealth funds to encourage increased investment in technology deployment to help alleviate pressing global problems.
The exploding growth in the world’s population has made it clear that the key resources that impact human existence and economic development – access to adequate food, clean water, reliable energy, a clean environment and comprehensive medical care – will be in short supply. Fortunately, in many instances, there are already existing solutions to these problems. Many proven technologies can do the following: More efficiently produce, store and conserve energy; clean and conserve water resources; produce and distribute food more efficiently; help clean the environment and improve the delivery of quality medical services.
The challenge has been to accelerate the deployment of these proven technologies into the global market, providing effective solutions to growing problems while stimulating the economy and creating jobs.
The Global Solutions Institute brings together the Club de Madrid, the P80 Group and other participants to accelerate deployment of these problem-solving technologies and making financing available to the companies that develop these technologies. The full mission of this Little Rock-based organization is “to accelerate the deployment of proven, problem-solving technologies, especially to developing countries, to address key resource shortages in the areas of energy, water, food, environment and health care.”
December Proceedings in Little Rock
The December proceedings in Little Rock were opened by Arkanasas’ Governor Asa Hutchinson who sees technology as one solution to the problems the world is facing. A panel comprised of Fulbright Scholar Alumni followed with a call to action for the Fulbright Scholar Alumni Network to become more involved in global sustainability and technology deployment in their respective countries. The Fulbright Program was founded by Senator J. William Fulbright in Arkansas in 1946. Its goal is to promote global understanding through student exchanges. The program has 370,000 alumni out of which 33 have served as head of governments, such as Prime Minister of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zlatko Lagumdzija who also spoke at the Little Rock proceedings.
Two of the prominent conference themes were “connect globally to develop locally” and “grow scale”. Carol Atwood of Spartacus Capital and Ambassador John Simon of Total Impact Capital discussed the development of new financial conduits. The Mission Investors Panel included seven mission investment foundations, including Heifer International, Winrock and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and Root Capital. They highlighted their programs to end poverty worldwide through programs focused on education, empowerment and financial assistance in economically and environmentally vulnerable places around the globe.
More than twenty innovative and problem solving technologies were presented as examples of programs which can be deployed immediately. Business models to deploy the technologies were also discussed and are available to be utilized in cooperation with GSI partner organizations. The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) 2016 Awards Program recognized several companies at this year’s ceremony in Little Rock. Solar energy equipment supplier Azuri Technologies from the United Kingdom won first prize. Azuri’s solar technology allows households in Africa, that are outside the power grid, to connect to TV and radio and to receive other benefits associated with electricity. Second place went to Enervates from Belgium, followed by GreenSync from Australia.
The Global Solutions Institute was formed during the proceedings in Little Rock with plans to establish an Expo Center to showcase the latest technologies that have potential to address the world’s problems. A detailed fund raising strategy has been outlined and will be implemented in the first quarter of 2017. Furthermore, it was announced that the Mission Investors Exchange (250 foundations) will work with GSI, Cambridge Associates and others to develop new financing vehicles to fund technology deployment. The MIE will also work with GSI to improve coordination between foundations and NGOs. Fulbright scholars were mobilized to assist with this initiative and help the GSI to connect with prospective companies and investors from their respective countries.
The next GSI joint meeting with Club de Madrid – P80 Group will take place in China.
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