About the Event
The United States Agency for International Development, the United States Department of State, the National Defense University, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted this one day Symposium on the future of development. The Symposium was based on the understanding that the future will be more complex, more interconnected, and more uncertain than the past or even the present day. The agenda was developed to take into account the expected and unexpected, as well as the myriad of interactions influencing development. The day was designed to tackle new trends and unknown challenges that are not wholly predicted by distant past events, linear developments, or incremental change.
The Symposium was anchored around three major themes—Evolution, Revolution, and the 2025 Vision. The first theme, Evolution, focused on gradual evolutionary changes more consistent with traditional trends and futures analysis. The second theme, Revolution, looked at unexpected, revolutionary events in international development. The third theme, 2025 Vision, built on the first two themes to examine a combined vision of what development will look like in 2025 and beyond, and how those involved in development will need to adapt to meet a changing and evolving world.
In addition to the three themes, there were four cross-cutting tracks to help focus and refine the discussion:
- Politics and Economies
- Science and Technology
The Symposium also posited “Thinking Ahead” questions, designed to challenge participants to tackle development issues in a new way, and allow participants to address new approaches to development.
For more information please contact:
Dr. Steve Gale, Senior Advisor for Strategic Opportunities, USAID Office of Science and Technology