With Expo 2020 Dubai drawing to a close at the end of the month, we can’t help but feel a tremendous sense of excitement for the future. Six months spent in the company of world-changing ideas, people and technologies isn’t just thrilling, it’s inspiring and, importantly, incredibly motivating. So, how do we take this forward? What can we do at an individual level to take the spirit of Expo 2020 Dubai with us every day? Where can we be changemakers every day?
The incredible city created by Expo 2020 Dubai contains three districts, each filled with eye-opening solutions to the challenges of the modern world. The Sustainability District speaks for itself, with visitors to the incredible ‘Terra’ Pavilion exploring everything from planet-friendly eating to alternative energies, the future of biodiversity and even extraordinary future-centric ways of conserving water. The Mobility District offers a glimpse of a connected future in a global society, where information, ideas and goods are exchanged. And the Opportunity District opens up a world of empowerment, social innovation and human connection in a technology-driven world. However, the sheer scale of Expo – in terms of physical size and conceptually – may cause us to ask what these themes mean for our lives today. So, we have translated the planet-sized ideas of Expo into life-sized ways to change your world, little by little, every single day.
Mobility: Think big, but never underestimate the power of one person
It’s important to free our minds and be open to ideas and opportunities. It’s how we grow as people and as societies. But it’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and not give ourselves the time to explore – whether that’s new experiences, places or even people. But while it’s great to know the bigger picture, how can you use a wider awareness of the world to make a difference? In my daily life, I’ll be:
Sustainability: Be a custodian of our planet
It’s been said so many times before, but everyone has a part to play in creating a positive future for our planet. In the Sustainability District we were encouraged to think carefully about how we consume the planet’s resources through the energy we use, the things we buy and even the food we eat. With this in mind, there are plenty of small everyday changes that can contribute to a big difference:
Opportunity: Learn new things, empower others
As Socrates may or may not have said, “I know that I know nothing”. So, receive every new piece of knowledge with joy and curiosity, whether it comes from an unexpected source in random conversations, an article from Bloomberg or an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? However, the idea of creating learning opportunities for yourself and the people around you can feel like a herculean task. For me, the trick is to not think of it as a project.
Expo 2020 Dubai has showcased the pinnacles of human endeavour through art, technology, sustainable design and architecture. It has shown millions of people what can be achieved if we look at the world together and see no limits to the change we can effect. But every change begins with one person, and a single action can be more powerful than you could ever imagine. Especially when we all take them.