We live in an era marked by existential challenges. Forces like climate change, political turmoil, tensions between nuclear powers, and disruptive new technologies are shaping individual lives and entire societies in increasingly profound and unpredictable ways.
Since it was founded by President Bill Clinton in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has served as a forum for advancing the types of bold, balanced solutions that we will need to adeptly navigate this precarious stretch of history and come out of it stronger and more united than ever. Late last year I was fortunate enough to join more than 1,000 other problem solvers from across sectors to attend a CGI gathering in New York. The themes threaded throughout the event—particularly the emphasis on data and orientation toward action—were familiar to me from my role at Booz Allen, where I lead efforts that provide federal agencies with the technology and expertise they need to take on some of today’s most pressing challenges.
Here are three insights—and three big questions—that have remained on my mind since this meeting of minds between philanthropic, private, and public sector leaders from all over the world.