Finland Inspires For A Sustainable Future Of Cities At The World Economic Forum In Davos
The first-ever Finnish delegation event was recently held during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. This event came hard on the heels of Finland’s decision to apply for a NATO membership last week, sparking immediate interest in all who attended. The delegation had an exciting combination of authentic keynote speakers, crucial topics, and fascinating guests that were brought together to uplift the community and inspire a sense of purpose and societal impact.
Together with Miami-based partner Future of Cities, Finnish Flow hosted a series of events for the Davos community to discuss the future of urban life in different verticals, including wellbeing, technology, and regenerative placemaking.
I attended the evening dinner reception at Hotel Schatzalp on “Zauberberg,” which means the “magic mountain” in German. The reception was indeed magical. Sadhguru, Helena Gualinga, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Bjarke Ingles, some of today’s inspiring personalities in the field of sustainability, engaged in an eye-opening discussion about the future of cities, the well-being of our planet and of humanity:
Sadhguru, a yogi and profound mystic of our times, is a visionary, humanitarian, and prominent spiritual leader. A contemporary guru. He spoke to Davos about his current global initiative, SAVE SOIL, which is a movement to address the soil crisis by bringing together people from around the world to stand up for Soil Health, and supporting leaders of all nations to institute national policies and actions toward increasing the organic content in cultivable soil.
Soil is the key to our survival on this planet. Sadhguru says that humanity has already passed the stage of “every human being doing good in their own gardens,” — which should have been done in the 70s. Now is the time for entire governments to take action and create laws that promote the preservation of soil on a global level before it’s too late, he adds.
Helena Gualinga is an Ecuadorian environmental and inspiring young human rights activist from the Kichwa Sarayuku community in Pastaza, Ecuador, acknowledged by the World Economic Forum. She has become a spokesperson for the Sarayuku indigenous community, exposing the conflict between oil companies, her community in local schools, and the international community. The documentary “Helena Sarayaku Manta” also highlights her life and activism.
Gualinga says, “We indigenous people only make up 5% of the world’s population, but we have 80% of the world’s biodiversity on our territory (those territories are mostly taken care of by women). Humanity has this idea that nature is something opposite of us, rather than seeing it as something we belong to and are part of. Many societies have been deprived of nature and lost their connection to the planet, making them spiritually sick. We should all realize that the rivers, the winds, and the seas are alive, just as we are. We see the plants, the lagoons, the trees, and the mountains as living. They’re equal to us. A shift in humans’ minds has to come in order for us to reach a healthy balance in the world. This is why it’s so important to us to protect the rainforest. We have this relationship with what we call the “living forest.” Indigenous knowledge is also a form of science. We know how to make nature part of your life. The future of cities is to bring back nature and make sure the nature we already have is preserved.“
Dr. Deepak Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global. He is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He spoke about how important it is for humanity to wake up to their true selves (become metahuman) and to re-connect with nature for the well-being of humanity and our planet. Find an in-depth interview with him here: Deepak Chopra Talks About Abundance, Inner Wealth And More At The World Economic Forum In Davos
During his talk, Chopra also spoke about modern technology’s importance, benefits, and greatest achievements. He took the opportunity to acknowledge the work of his fellow Future of Cities panelist, Biarke Ingels.
Ingles is a Danish architect leading the powerhouse firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group). BIG’s approach to new technologies allows buildings to regulate their own environments independent of the site’s naturally occurring climate. This is a unique and creative way to contribute to the environment with a socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable approach to architecture and urbanism under the philosophy of Hedonistic Sustainability.