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Is sustainable global prosperity possible?

By Pankaj Sharma at 1:44 PM on | Comments (1)

International science and engineering partnerships in developed and developing countries will enormously help in improving relations among countries and raise the quality of life and sustainable development in developing countries for global prosperity.

In 2004, I met the late Nobel Laureate, Richard E. Smalley (1943-2005). He named the following top ten problems of humanity over the next 50 years: 

(1) energy,

(2) water,

(3) food,

(4) environment,

(5) poverty,

(6) terrorism & war,

(7) disease,

(8) education,

(9) democracy, and (10) population.

Addressing these requires collaborative worldwide efforts.

My mission is to bring physical/social scientists, engineers, and business leaders together to address the global grand challenges. I would like to promote global quality of life and economic well-being by facilitating exchanges among the best and brightest scientists and engineers. The worldwide exchange of ideas already fuels economic growth in advanced economies and will increasingly enable less developed nations to participate in the global economy.


This is an interesting post as it stands out of the general, predictable topics which are usually in IT and business models.
It doesnt take a Nobel Laureate to list out these problems. We just know it. And pankaj, you have put a very good point regarding exchanges between scientists and engineers. But its too impractical and will work in only an ideal world, where pacifism is at the centre of things. Not possible. Absolutely not possible. So we need to put across this problem in an environment that is fueled by patriotism and sometimes fanaticism. Its about making people understand the subtleites of life that they miss in their quest of achieving their ambition. Like the joy of educating a poor child. Lets take an example of Teach India. It is, according to me, a very practical approach to face the problem of illiteracy head on. They may on be able to make engineers out of all poor kids in india. But till those children of lesser god are in the classrooms, they have availed an opportunity of seeing something beautiful in life, knowing what is out there, before they die. That is greatest thing we can do. Eventually you cannot wipe out the poverty, disease, wars and other miseries. It is unlikely that money will solve these problems. It can be achieved by an inspiring governance that can transfer the vision of improvement across the masses.

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