Globally, we live in an era of unprecedented technological progress where innovative ideas take the lead. While the benefits are widely known, technological change could also lead to sluggish low and unsustainable economic growth, in some cases it has led to widening inequality especially in developing as well as emerging economies. This emergence of disruptive innovation has compelled us to seek a new economic paradigm in achieving the 2030 Agenda of sustainable development. Simply because the old way of doing things is increasingly becoming irrelevant.
The future we want, however, is not going to be the outcome of technological causes alone, but instead will result from the interplay of diverse political, economic, social, and institutional factors.
Malaysia’s is melting pot for this diversity and its economic achievements are yet to be fully realized and understood because the situation is further complicated with rapid technological changes. On one hand, elements of inclusivity and sustainable development have been integral to the practice of economic development at the sub-national level. On the other hand, the impacts of these innovations on human development need to be measured so it can be steered in a direction where it is both inclusive and sustainable.
Thus, new ideas and strategies, especially the resourcefulness of the millennials, and the experience of influencers need to be shared. Their creative and innovative ideas although disruptive and a threat to the status quo, can chart and pave the way for an inclusive future for all.
The Pangkor Dialogue is an opportunity not only to tell the story for others on similar paths of development but also to learn transferable lessons, particularly on how to cope with not only with innovations and new technology, but also the transition process – defined herewith as the uptake of new solutions to meet societal needs and the phasing out of old ones. It will discuss and seek to combine the experience of sustainability innovations at niche, technological and landscape levels.
This year’s Pangkor Dialogue aims to explore possible innovations and solutions to achieve the sustainable development goals in Agenda 2030, with specific focus on optimizing the SDGs at the sub-national level, and focusing on finding an optimal pathway between innovation and sustainable development.
The following questions were addressed at Pangkor Dialogue 2017:
- What are the disruptors and the barriers to the vision of sustainable and inclusive development?
- How can we create an environment for inclusive and sustainable development that is equipped with the coping strategies in dealing with complexity and uncertainties?
- What are the innovative pathways towards achieving sustainable development practices at the sub-national level, and how did they unfold over time?
- How do we ensure that disruptive innovations benefit human development?
- How to mainstream innovation-led sustainability solutions in public policy and what transition management strategies should be put in place?
Nine focus areas/sub-theme have been identified and will be discussed in groups during the parallel sessions:
- Nation Building
- Technology & Innovation
- Built Enivironment