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WHAT IS HUMANITY? Humanity bears two distinct yet complementary meanings: the adjectives “human” and “humane” reveal the complexity of a notion that is both scientific and spiritual.

PUBLISHED BY FII Institute

November 7, 2021
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The success of FII to date is a testament to the eagerness of the private and public sectors to play an active role in addressing the issues we face as a global community. By leveraging the enormous economic opportunities that will lie ahead in the post-Covid era, we will also catalyze the changes needed to achieve an equitable, prosperous future for all.

H.E. YASIR AL-RUMAYYAN
Chairman of the FII Institute Board of Trustees and Governor of the Public Investment Fund

As the world acknowledges the need for sustainable change, investors and leaders are looking for the right avenues to contribute in a way that creates both value and impact. The Neo-Renaissance of the global economy, which we explored in January during the fourth edition of FII, is now emerging, and the FII fifth anniversary edition is a unique call to action.

RICHARD ATTIAS
CEO of FII Institute

 

WHAT DOES HUMANITY NEED TO OVERCOME THE MAJOR CHALLENGES WE FACE?

The last two years have been extraordinary, and humanity has been tested. We collectively realized that our lives are interconnected as globalization quickly transported the Covid-19 disease around the world. The scale of the pandemic is a direct consequence of international trade, with the virus spreading along established routes. Over the past decades, we neglected the dramatic impacts our commercial activities were causing on the environment. The human pressure on the biosphere explains the substantial increase in epidemic outbreaks since the 20th century. Most emerging infectious diseases are true "zoonoses," diseases transmitted by animals to humans due to the over-penetration of humans into preserved natural spaces. When the Covid-19 crisis began, we did not have the proper means to address it in terms of prevention and treatment. Major pandemic crises that would affect the whole planet had been predicted decades before, and experts around the globe warned of their potential consequences. However, not enough was done to prepare for such threats. The pandemic provided some perspective on the past, and we realized that while we were focused on maximizing profits, we overlooked the apparent need to protect society. Therefore, we must now steer knowledge and technology toward good, especially environmental protection, to ultimately secure our well-being and that of future generations.

OUR VISION FOR HUMANITY: EMPOWERING THE WORLD’S BRIGHTEST MINDS TO SHAPE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL AND WITH ALL

FII Institute is a new global nonprofit foundation with an investment arm and one agenda: Impact on Humanity.

Global, inclusive, and committed to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, we foster great minds from around the world and turn ideas into real-world solutions in our five critical areas: AI and Robotics, Education, Healthcare, and Sustainability. Concretely, we accompany each promising idea from ideation to realization by providing the necessary support to overcome significant inhibitors that would have otherwise limited the ideas' chances of becoming a reality. We are in the right place at the right time: when decision-makers, investors, and an engaged generation of youth come together in aspiration, energized, and ready for change.

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