The World Frontiers Forum Berlin 2019 gathered thought leaders from different disciplines and nations to meet and discuss the future of human digital identity. Located on the former border of the East and West, it was the ideal location for cultural convergence and a holistic dialogue to promote creative problem-solving. Passionate discussion between young pioneers and speakers initiated a narrative that will travel throughout the world’s most visited museums in 2020. Their goal was to highlight the intersections of our various identities and develop a global consensus on how we approach the digital future.
Here are some of the key ideas we gathered at the event:
On Digital Identity
Identity is how we perceive others or create an image of somebody based on the ideas or information that they convey on the internet. Whether it’s anonymous or non-anonymous online, you still are creating an identity of sorts…We tend to be more aware of how we are perceived online than walking around every day.
On Inequality and Inclusion
Depending on where you're from cultural stigmas are associated with medicine and healthcare. There are geographic differences in your microbiota too, so certain medicines work and others won’t. It's really important to figure out ways to build better drugs and improve healthcare — it needs to come from a place of humility. We need to listen. We're probably losing out on cool solutions.
Human connection is the key factor that exists between the digital and physical. Social media is evolving to superficially and the individual rather than a connected circle. My generation wants to bring back the essence of internet: to share content that’s empathetic and connects users.
The next step for this year’s Young Convergence Pioneers is to cooperate with partners in their respective industries and governments to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This group represents the leaders who will bridge the digital divide between countries, disciplines, and inequality to empower and provide opportunities that affect our digital future. By coming together at the World Frontiers Forum conference, they explored intersections and celebrated the convergence of global ideas. It was one massive step towards fortifying a plurality of digital identities into a more decentralized, yet balanced ecosystem that propels inclusive innovation and rational integration.