Preparing civil society for the fourth industrial revolution

Preparing civil society for the fourth industrial revolution

Civil society organisations—including humanitarian, development, advocacy, children’s rights and community organisations—face significant challenges in responding to the emerging fourth industrial revolution.

These include understanding the implications of technological change for vulnerable populations, developing robust and responsible digital and technology strategies, and building related organisational capacities: digital security, talent and skills.

The nature of fast-paced technological change means that civil society organisations cannot change on their own, or in silos.  Companies, donors, academia and civil society organisations themselves have significant roles to play in driving organisational and systems change towards thriving civil societies in the fourth industrial revolution.

This Big Room session looks at how knowledge sharing, cross-sector collaboration and multi-stakeholder investment will be needed both to accelerate civil society’s readiness for the fourth industrial revolution and ensure that organisations across the sector can continue to effectively play much needed roles in the fourth industrial revolution, including:

  • protecting vulnerable populations
  • championing human rights
  • emphasising participatory and inclusive approaches and providing critical services
  • meaningfully participating in addressing technology governance challenges with other stakeholders.

Aimed at:

This Big Room session is for you if you’re interested in:

  • Providing a broader multi-stakeholder platform for discussion and cross-sector learning across ongoing expert civil society networks on innovation and technology
  • Connecting academia, philanthropy and the private sector with a network of 200 regional and global expert civil society leaders in innovation, digital and emerging technologies
  • Helping to create, contextualise and disseminate critical strategic intelligence on digital and emerging technology for broader understanding and guidance for civil society organisations
  • Building evidence for change through both accelerating existing initiatives and co-creating multi-stakeholder “prototypes” for collective action and evidence aimed to scale civil society learning and innovation

Learning outcomes:

The project this Big Room session is based on covers numerous areas and will touch on the following:

  • Responsible digital transformation for social impact
  • Minimising tradeoffs for technology for good projects
  • Group data and human rights
  • Mobilising and inspiring action with technology
  • Practical digital security support for civil society
  • Future of nonprofit work and talent
  • Future of civil society: New organisations, models and dynamics in the fourth industrial revolution

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Nicholas Davis (Switzerland)
Head of Society and Innovation, World Economic Forum