So far, 2021 hasn’t been much better than annus horribilis 2020.
Covid is still here, climate change is only speeding up and fake news continues to disrupt society. So far, 2021 hasn’t been much better than annus horribilis 2020. However, bright and visionary minds all over the world are trying to look beyond the big issues of our times.
For these thinkers, creatives and entrepreneurs, the current global crises are opportunities. And innovation is their tool. They innovate for the better.
At and&, we are building an interdisciplinary space where those minds can meet, the experts as well as the curious. During a five day festival we invite both speakers and public to step outside their field of expertise, and enter the fertile ground of common sense, of new synergies.
The first and most pertinent one is: what does it mean to innovate for the better? And what is ‘better’, is it better for everyone?
The city of Leuven is our prime-time location. Expect 100+ talks and interviews; broadcasted from numerous locations around town. Expect a front line iCapital show, an entrepreneurial summit, an avant-garde arts festival. Expect the unexpected.
Because all good answers start with good questions, we’ve come up with 21 questions for the 21st century, in the domains of health, sustainability, finance, robotics, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, water pollution and architecture… just to name a few.
The first and most pertinent one is: what does it mean to innovate for the better? And what is ‘better’, is it better for everyone? We have to talk about ethics.
Like all of you, we are dealing with a pandemic. and& is a gathering of international speakers, thinkers and creators. It’s a major networking opportunity. We’ve decided to not cancel, but to turn and& into a hybrid event, happening both in the physical and in the online world. Influential scientists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, activists, artists and authors have rsvp’d.
Let’s never stop asking ourselves honestly: how can both the planet and the people continue to prosper?
In dark times like these, it’s not easy to stay hopeful about our future. But it certainly can’t be all doom and gloom in the 21th century. Young innovators stand up. The future is for them, and by them.
Let’s restore our childlike wonder. And seek that playfulness again, which is at the heart of any innovation. Let’s never stop asking ourselves honestly: how can both the planet and the people continue to prosper?
We’ll meet you in the arena.