February 10-11, 2022

CMU to host the fourth INTERSECT@CMU Conference

February 10-11, 2022

INTERSECT@CMU 2022: Innovating A Sustainable Future for All

Each year, INTERSECT@CMU brings together CMU thought leaders, industry partners and experts from around the world to discuss some of society’s most pressing problems and present potential solutions. 

At this year’s conference, we will focus on sustainability, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the actions we must take to ensure that the next generation will live on a more sustainable planet.

During the conference, speakers and panelists will discuss urgent issues facing our planet as they relate to cities and infrastructure; peaceful, just and inclusive societies; climate; and resilient and inclusive economies. Keith Block, former Co-CEO of Salesforce, will deliver one of the keynote addresses, sharing his experiences and insights on our move toward fulfilling the the Sustainable Development Goals

Additional details about the conference, including the full list of speakers and panelists, conference schedule, and information about how to register, will be shared in the coming weeks. Check back soon for more information.

This conference is free and open to all.

2022 Conference Topics

The 2022 INTERSECT@CMU Conference, Innovating a Sustainable Future for All, will be hosted over two days, February 10-11, 2022. Each day, keynote speakers and panelists will focus on two of the following four topics.

More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and the United Nations projects that this number will increase to two thirds by 2050. While the Sustainable Development Goals were agreed at the national level, cities are at the frontline of taking action. How will cities and infrastructure adapt to these new and growing needs? How will we ensure that everyone has access to green spaces, clean air and safe transportation? Who should have a say in how these decisions are made?

We will be hosting a conversation among planners, practitioners, academics and community leaders to explore how we should be thinking and planning for sustainable societies in the future.

The Sustainable Development Goals explicitly recognize that development happens everywhere and must be just and inclusive. Yet development has often not been just or inclusive. What do these goals offer us to address historical grievances and plan for a more equitable future? How can we incorporate best practices into our built environment? What does all this mean for local communities, for countries, and globally? How should we promote access to justice and access to information in the context of sustainable development?

We will bring together leaders, academics, and community members to explore how we can integrate sustainability, social justice and equity, locally and globally.     

Possibly the most visible threat of unsustainable development today centers around climate – as evidenced by dramatic weather events, rising sea levels, temperature extremes, and water scarcity. This leads to food insecurity, mass migration, social instability and ultimately conflict. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals recognize that all of these challenges must be addressed in order to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. What changes will we need to make to accomplish this? What tradeoffs will society need to make? How can we incentivize some to make sacrifices, so all are better off?

Join us as we convene academics, scientists, policy makers, and community leaders to discuss strategies to solve this key problem we must overcome if we hope to facilitate sustainable development.

Decent work and economic growth are core principles of the Sustainable Development Goals. How will we have to reimagine what it means to work and conduct commerce? As technology advances, what will work look like? What can workers expect? What responsibility do companies have to their workers? What about governments? How do we rethink our reliance on consumption as a driver of economic growth and innovation? What does this mean for international trade and globalism?

We will bring together business leaders, academics, policy makers and community leaders to envision how to construct a resilient and inclusive economy, searching for ways to ensure a robust and equitable society that is also more resilient to shocks in the future.