Global Grand Challenges: Connect Our 4 Core Challenges to Your Business Strategy

Global Grand Challenges: Connect Our 4 Core Challenges to Your Business Strategy

Integrate Global Thinking in Your Organization

The global grand challenges (GGCs) underpin the conversations, missions, and technologies that Singularity University and SingularityU Canada Summit focus on. They are not your typical business obstacles. They are problems that are faced by all of humanity and need to be addressed now to ensure a secure and abundant future.

By pushing people to think beyond profits and immediate results, and uncovering strategies, frameworks, and thought processes that focus on outcomes and transformative solutions, we can change the course of history.

These challenges can be used as a launchpad to look beyond the results of your next fiscal quarter and expand the notion of what your organization can accomplish.

The scale is what makes the GGCs so impactful and important. The scale is also what can make them seem so daunting and difficult to tackle. When taken as a whole, the concepts may seem overwhelming or impossible to translate into your small business or long-standing, rigid organization.

Thankfully, there are small steps you can take toward making a big impact. Regardless of your particular passion, the size of your team, industry you work in, or level of expertise, there are ways that you can start making a difference today.

Four Global Grand Challenge Entry Points to Try with Your Team

Asking the right questions is a good place to start. Start broad and work to identify how you, your team, and your organization fit into the bigger picture. Discover which challenge your people connect with the most, whether or not is it an obvious fit for your organization. Not sure where to start? Consider the four global grand challenges we selected for our 2017 Summit focus to spark discussion and make change.


  • Consider new models for decision making within your organization. How can new voices can be considered? What equitable delivery methods can be implemented?
  • Explore how industry policies that impact your team and your customers could be improved for the benefit of all. Can you advocate for or lead the improvements?


  • Assess and reconsider distribution models. What forms of reinvestment can be used to prioritize equality, job creation, and innovation?
  • Contribute your unique skillset to bigger projects and establish cross-sector partnerships and unholy alliances. Leverage your team’s existing network and forge new relationships for true systems change.


  • What inefficiencies exist within your current power consumption, supply chain, processes, employee behaviours (i.e. commuting), and operations? Look local and incentivize or gamify collective improvement.
  • Take a long-term view. Can you alter or conceptualize practices that minimize consumption by employees or clients?


  • Dive into the data regarding employee benefits, habits, and overall health. What patterns exist and what areas are ready for improvement?
  • Recognize the implications of your product or service on the health of clients and users. Take steps to make processes and interactions more beneficial to everyone’s health.

Working toward change collectively will yield the best and fastest results.

As exponential technologies and rapid development converge, working on the global grand challenges together is more important than ever before.

SingularityU Canada is on a mission to break down the barriers to understanding and working on these and all global grand challenges. Every day, we are motivated to inspire Canadians with the real possibilities and connect a community of forward-thinkers, decision-makers, and pot-stirrers to drive, improve, and invent solutions in Canada.

How will your organization contribute to global change?

Share your wins and challenges with us at #SUCanada #ExponentialCanada.