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Strategic Intelligence provides “Transformation Maps” developed by the World Economic Forum that deliver insights, analysis, and data on more than 250 topic areas.
EarthTime enables users to interact with visualizations of the Earth's transformation over time. It combines huge data sets with decades of images captured by NASA and European Space Agency satellites.
Global Issues Survey 2023 reveals that today's youth recognize the profound impact of global challenges on their future work and daily lives.
Villars Framework for a Sustainable Trading System designed to revitalize the trade system to make it more sustainable, people-centered, effective, inclusive, transparent, and digital.

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Learning to Become a Systems Leader in a Complex World

Published:

28th Feb 2024
Minerva Project and Villars Institute pioneer an innovative approach to teaching youth and adult learners about tackling systemic challenges. read more

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2023 Milestones

Published:

21st Feb 2024
We want to thank the Villars community and our partners for their great support and active engagement as the Villars Institute celebrates its 2nd anniversary this year and begins its 3rd year of programming. Below is a review of our... read more

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Improving Learning Outcomes in the era of Generative AI

Published:

30th Jan 2024
The Global Learning Council examines why access to digital content alone will not lead to effective learning for all. read more

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Global Issues Survey 2023

Published:

11th Jan 2024

Author:

Jade Hameister OAM
How do today’s youth perceive the impact of global issues on their future? Although their lives will be shaped by climate change and biodiversity loss, young people are seldom heard when it comes to such global challenges. The first Villars... read more

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Organic Reforestation at Scale: The Tropical ReGen Initiative

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9th Jan 2024
How to restore the world’s oldest rainforest organically and at scale - and how you can help.

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Reshaping Global Governance to Protect Our Planet

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13th Dec 2023
The Climate Governance Commission addresses governance gaps to reinforce the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP).

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Accelerating Science-Based Solutions for a Greener Future: The Power of the Frontiers Planet Prize

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28th Nov 2023
Learn how the prize seeks to ‘accelerate scientific solutions for healthy lives on a healthy planet’ by engaging with scientists working on projects with the greatest potential to heal and stabilize the global ecosystem.

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How Systems Thinking Can Turn Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Ambition

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6th Nov 2023
Have you ever felt anxious or overwhelmed about the state of our planet? If so, you’re not alone. So what can we do? Systems leadership uses systems thinking to create a framework to channel those feelings into agency.

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Putting the Planet at the Center of Global Trade: The Villars Framework

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4th Oct 2023
Global trade is an integral part of our interconnected world, allowing the smooth flow of goods and services which many of us take for granted. Now, as we face the existential threat of climate change, how can our current trade... read more

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Five traits to look for in a Systems Leader

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25th Sep 2023
Our planet is facing complex, systemic challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change, and renewable energy. Why is systems leadership the solution? read more

Fellowship

2023-2024 Villars Institute Fellowship Program

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25th Sep 2023
The 2023-2024 Fellowship Program has four dimensions, and each aims to develop Villars Fellows into system leaders through intergenerational collaboration and interdisciplinary knowledge: read more

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The Power of Film: FIFAD Spotlight

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22nd Sep 2023
The collaboration between the Diablerets International Alpine Film Festival (FIFAD) and the Villars Institute aims to amplify the transformative role that film can play as a conduit for action on climate change, by helping promote discussion and build bridges between... read more

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Rethinking Excellence: The Villars Music Academy

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8th Sep 2023
Music has the power to bring people together across borders, barriers and generations. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the Villars Music Academy (VMA). Swiss violinist Aline Champion aims to transform musical training for talented young performers. Along with... read more

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Villars Institute - 2022 Milestones and 2023 Goals

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16th Aug 2023
The Villars Institute was founded on the 15th of January 2022. We want to thank the Villars community and our partners for an amazing first year. Here is a look at the milestones from 2022 and our exciting plans for... read more

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EAT-Lancet 2.0 Commission: Rethinking Planetary Health

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8th Jun 2023
The EAT-Lancet 2.0 Commission is updating the ‘Planetary Health Diet’ to address severe environmental degradation, and to prevent approximately 11 million premature adult deaths annually. read more

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Villars Institute x Minerva Project: Systems Leadership Program

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9th May 2023
The Minerva Project and the Villars Institute are creating a unique, intergenerational course to introduce systems thinking skills to young and adult learners.

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Bridging Generations: Montreux Jazz Festival Spotlight

Published:

8th Feb 2023
The Villars Institute is collaborating with Montreux Jazz Festival to promote young musical talent. Here’s all you need to know

Article

Breakthroughs We Need Now for the Next Generation

Published:

22nd Nov 2022

Author:

Olivia Avalos Villar, Eloise Westfeldt, Sofiia Martianova
Scientific and technological breakthroughs are happening at an unprecedented pace, and tomorrow’s discoveries are already shaping today’s outcomes. Created in 2019, the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Foundation champions anticipation as a key to building a sustainable, inclusive future... read more

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How Carbon Forestry Can Preserve Biodiversity

Published:

16th Aug 2022

Author:

Suzan Craig
Global warming and biodiversity loss are two of the biggest crises facing our planet. The two are interlinked, though treated as separate issues by the international community: global warming is the focus of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference... read more

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Nature Based Solutions: Why they matter for our future

Published:

15th Jun 2022
The planet's natural cycles produce most of the carbon in the atmosphere. But human activities have disturbed the natural balance. Fortunately, nature also has the capability to reduce the harmful emissions produced by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels,... read more

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The energy transition is here

Published:

2nd Jun 2022
We are undergoing an energy revolution, and it has the potential to reduce – even reverse – the impacts of climate change, provide a raft of new opportunities for employment and education across the globe, and improve the quality of... read more

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Systems Leadership: Why it matters for our future

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27th May 2022
It’s easy to be cynical about the idea of "changing the system". When you see how the structures of democratic societies are failing to take seriously the pressing global problems of our time, giving up in despair is an understandable... read more

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Alpine Inspiration: Villars-sur-Ollon

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11th May 2022
The challenges facing our shared planet are large and complex. But a small village in the mountains of Switzerland is set to become a platform for empowering future global change-makers, by bridging generational divides and nurturing collaboration across disciplines. Their... read more

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Empowering future systems leaders

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13th Apr 2022
The Villars Institute was established to accelerate the transition to net zero emissions and to improve the health of the planet. It is an ambitious goal, but it can be achieved by bringing together exceptional people from all generations to... read more

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Systems leadership for all generations

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12th Apr 2022
Born in a village in the Swiss Alps, The Villars Institute aims to accelerate the transition to a net zero economy and to improve the health of the planet for all its inhabitants.

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4 Questions to Lee Howell, Executive Director of the Villars Institute

Published:

12th Apr 2022

Author:

Catherine Allen
After more than a decade producing the World Economic Forum's influential Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Lee Howell is embarking on an exciting adventure as Executive Director of the Villars Institute. Lee is an American, born and raised in Japan,... read more