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This community wants to transform the world

February 16, 2020

OpenExO is a community of more than 2,000 innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and technology specialists that help transform organizations from a traditional-linear model to an exponential-innovative model.

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This community wants to transform the worldThis community wants to transform the world

Steve Jobs said that those crazy enough to believe they can change the world are the ones who usually do it. And I want to tell about a community in which I have been involved with the mission of transforming the world for a better future, helping to solve the 17 challenges of the UN Sustainable Development with an innovation model based on an exponential thought, the entrepreneurial spirit and the technologies that are changing the world.

It is a community of more than 2,000 innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and technology specialists that help transform organizations from a traditional-linear model to an exponential-innovative model.

This community was formed by Salim Ismail, the first Executive Director of Singularity University, (within NASA in Silicon Valley) and lead author of the book Exponential Organizations , along with Francisco Palao, a former student of Singularity University, co-author (together with Salim ) from the book Exponential Transformation and serial entrepreneur.

OpenExo has helped transform more than 1,000 organizations such as Procter and Gamble, Visa, HP, Unilever and governments in cities like Medellín, Bogotá and Miami into the digital era. Recently this community has been the protagonist of a series of events worldwide, which I would love to tell you how I lived through my personal experience.

In July of this year we had an event in Dubai where government leaders and companies met to understand the main exponential technological trends and practically applied agility tools that allowed them to transform their organizations, it was surprising to hear Salim Ismail tell people that comments as disruptive as the oil industry depended as much as, “from 2025 onwards it will not be economically viable to have a gasoline car and by 2030 100% of the world's energy needs can be met only with solar energy as this technology grows exponentially ”and the most surprising thing was to see an audience that accepted this data despite its enormous impact and thought about how to adapt.

This event was followed by one in Barcelona, ​​led by ACCIÓ (the Catalan government area that fosters innovation in companies in the region) and who attracted more than 400 leaders from the business, academic and government spheres. It was very special to see how this community learned with great interest about thinking and the tools to act exponentially in an event they called Exponential Day with the mission of an Exponential Catalonia, perhaps the independence interest makes them look for ways to act in business in a disruptive way.

Then we went to New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the human being on the Moon in Google offices with the help of some space industry authorities such as astronauts Anousheh Ansari and Yvonne Cagle.

The next day, we went to the headquarters in the United Nations to participate in an event called SDG Moonshots , to think about how to solve the great challenges of the world and how to apply the most innovative technologies to its solution with the thought of making the impossible possible , how to put humans on the Moon or Mars and bring them back.

With the amount of technological changes we are experiencing in the 21st century, institutions such as democracies, capitalism, the education system, religions, marriage, etc. They are becoming obsolete and must be rethought.

We have to make Moonshots of each Sustainable Development goal, with the technologies we currently have as humanity we can solve these challenges and move towards an era of abundance but it will only be possible if we collaborate, through concrete goals.

The institutions that have brought us here will not be the ones that will lead us to solve the great challenges of the world, so we need to transform ourselves for the 21st century and the Fourth Industrial Revolution that we are living with technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, solar energy, 3D printers , biotechnology, among several others.

Given the great challenges we have, such as global warming, the “Moonshot” approach is the right way to solve them. We need a change in the system, not climate change, and waiting for governments to solve these issues alone is difficult, because they are very slow to innovate and companies do not have the incentives to change the world in the right direction, ”said Salim Ismail.

This was followed by an event in Mexico City, where 400 business leaders learned how to grow their businesses exponentially with the help of Vern Harnish “growth expert” and the exponential community helping these leaders prepare their business for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Yes, in the world there are many important challenges and some that may involve human extinction if we do not solve them, such as global warming and the 6th extinction of species, by current human life; But in the face of these challenges it belongs to people who dream of a better world and who works to make it so.

When you are surrounded by such people, you feel inspired and you see that it is worth dreaming big and continuing despite the strong falls and challenges, realizing that everything is possible and that in the end you have to consider the following: What footprint positive do you want to leave in the world? And be persevering, being on the shoulders of giants of a community in which they collaborate with each other to make this a better planet.

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