What role do cross-sector partnerships such as the Bright Minds Challenge play in addressing the global issues?

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What role do cross-sector partnerships such as the Bright Minds Challenge play in addressing the global issues?

What role do cross-sector partnerships such as the Bright Minds Challenge play in addressing the global issues?

Who holds the key to achieving the world’s transition to 100% renewable energy? Our partners discuss the need for cross-border and cross-sector collaboration and the impact it can have on reaching the UN SDGs faster.

Rob van Leen, DSM's ‎Chief Innovation Officer

Rob van Leen, ‎Chief Innovation Officer of DSM

It helps to accelerate the 100% renewable energy and time is of the essence! Climate change is a real issue, as confirmed by the overwhelming majority of scientists. The scientific debate is over. Almost 200 Heads of State who signed the Paris Agreement and many large and small companies worldwide agree: action is needed. Climate change is impacting already today the lives of many. We need to address it by working together across the world. Governments, companies, scientists, and NGOs, all have a role to play. No one can do this in isolation. Where governments -rightly so- have the mandate to define the policy context via laws and regulations, businesses like DSM can help delivering on the Paris Agreement ambitions with innovations that will generate jobs while ensuring low-carbon prosperity.  I am convinced that 100% renewable energy can only be achieved through cross-border collaboration. With the Bright Minds Challenge DSM and partners are will help accelerate the 3 finalists with the scaling of solutions for 100% renewable energy – focusing on solar and energy storage.

Sander van der Heijden, Managing Director Chemicals and Natural Resources Practice, Accenture

Sander van der Heijden, Managing Director Chemicals and Natural Resources Practice, Accenture

Cross sector partnerships are crucial to solve global challenges. Brilliant ideas supported with experience from different sectors, will make the impact they deserve. Accenture

Danny Kennedy, Founder of Sungevity, MD of California Clean Energy Fund

Danny Kennedy, Founder of Sungevity, MD of California Clean Energy Fund

Partnerships are key both in the process and content of finding solutions to our biggest challenges. We have to work on working better together. There is a real failure amongst current leadership - especially here in the USA - on modelling how to partner well. So any exercise like Bright Minds that brings people together from diverse backgrounds in an effort to solve big questions is powerful. And the content of the Bright Minds Challenge and the partnership we bring to it is amongst the most valuable in our society today. There is nothing more important than addressing the threat of climate change and advancing the opportunity of power for all in this era. The nature of the collaboration with big, old companies and fresh, start-ups and ideas creates the kind of space in which hope can flourish. Sungevity

Andrea Warriner, Deputy Director of Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Andrea Warriner, Deputy Director of Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

It is evident that working in siloes has not created the social and environmental change that we hope for. In addition, resources are wasted when organisations and sectors fail to collaborate and end up replicating ineffective solutions, or missing out on opportunities to expand effective ones. Cross-sector collaboration is critical to unlocking social and environmental progress, and will require new sets of skills from private, public and social sector professionals who are committed to change. Initiatives like the Bright Minds Challenge encourage cross-sector partnerships by role-modelling how these collaborations can be used to drive innovation. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs

Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs

DSM’s Bright Minds Challenge demonstrates their eagerness to work with and support innovators and entrepreneurs in the clean technology space. This is a shining example of how large, established corporations can set the standard for how other major organizations can work with and partner with start-ups addressing global issues. Often the two parties aren’t sure how to engage with one another or how to uncover great collaborative ideas; the Bright Minds Challenge is an incredible showcase of how cross-sector partnerships can blossom and increase the potential for a technologies to have a global impact. Greentown Labs

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