Panel 1: Shifting Global Power
With European influence seemingly in decline, and the economic growth of China and Middle Eastern nations over the last decade, followed closely by India, there appears to be an era of shifting global power and influence. This has been exacerbated by the EU being more divided than ever following Brexit, and confidence in the economy is lower in EU nations than in the Far-East. However, although political concerns both in Europe and America have reduced the confidence of its citizens in their own influence, the growth of China and India present new opportunities for trade, technological development, and a global era of collaboration to solve some of our greatest challenges. Furthermore, economic might may be necessary for global influence, however it is not sufficient, with other aspects such as standard of living and respect for democracy and human rights also important.
Michael Cox – Emeritus Professor of IR at LSE who focuses on the rise of Asia
Benedict Rogers – Human Rights Activist who founded Hong Kong Watch
Kerry Brown – Director of the Lau China Institute at KCL
Panel 2: Making Minds Matter
Despite increasing awareness of mental health issues, they are still not treated equally to physical health concerns, with mental health trusts receiving smaller percentage increases in funding than physical health services for over five years, starting from a smaller base. Furthermore, despite the fact that nearly 50% of adults believe that, in their lifetime, they have had a diagnosable mental health problem, only a third have received a diagnosis. Despite increasing awareness and destigmatisation, around a third of all people with a mental health problem have sought no professional help at all. Mental health is particularly an issue here at Cambridge, where academic pressures, a highly competitive environment, and the underlying nature of individuals who choose this means there is a higher mental health prevalence.
Paul Farmer – CEO of Mental Health Charity Mind
Keith Leslie – Chair of Trustees at the Mental Health Foundation
Dr Abdul Raoof – Representative of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Panel 3: Digital Disruption
It is hard to deny that the rate of technological change has reached a sensational level, with the rise of Artificial Intelligence, driverless cars and increasing cybersecurity. However, there are growing fears of the security risks associated with this, both cybersecurity and physical security, and also fears surrounding the impact of workforce displacement and possible inequality. Stephen Hawking stated that AI may “be the best or worst thing to ever happen to humanity” and it is clear that whilst there is clear potential, there are also risks which must be considered and minimised, by governments, businesses and individuals.
Sue Daley – Head of TechUK’s AI and Data Analytics Work
Calum Chace – Author on Artificial Intelligence
Julliette Powell – Founder of TuringAI
Panel 4: Poverty & Progress
Although the number of individuals living in absolute poverty has declined in recent decades, absolute and relative poverty remain huge issues, with billions of individuals unable to fulfill their potential due to discrimination, lack of opportunity and other societal issues. On a local level, Cambridge has been ranked as the most unequal city in the UK, and the disparity between the wealth of colleges and homelessness that persists around the city is clear to everyone.
Danny Dorling – Oxford geography professor focusing on inequality
Lord John Bird – the founder of the Big Issue
Barry Griffiths – community manager at Cambridge’s leading homelessness charity “Jimmy’s Cambridge”
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