This week we’re launching a new initiative of Minkowski called ‘1000 moonshots‘. We believe that we need some more unconventional thinking to solve some of the world’s most urgent problems. Moonshot thinking is a widely known approach to aim high and develop bold ideas that can impact the world. There are many examples out there of great moonshots and Google has even set up its own Moonshot Factory. But we wanted to develop something that allows everyone to develop bold ideas in a very fundamental way. A thousand moonshots is just that: a toolkit, a workshop, an event session to massively collaborate on the toughest problems. We believe that creating and sharing thousands of ideas, increases the chance of some ideas actually making a difference.
SingularityU Summit in Brussels
One of the launching partners of SingularityU invited us to host the first ever 1000 Moonshots session. During the Summit of SUBenelux in Brussels we hosted a 90 minutes session that led to 50 bold ideas that are aiming to solve world problems. With a special guest participant from ESA, Aidan Cowley we had a nice example of what moonshot thinking can create. ESA is working on traveling far beyond the moon to other planets. For this they are trying to build a base on the moon in the most sustainable way possible. Aidan’s example of bold thinking set off the participants to generate ideas for energy, learning, climate, All of these ideas will be published shortly on the 1000 Moonshots website.
SingularityU Summit in Milan
Up next is the 1000 Moonshots session during the SingularityU Summit in Italy where we will host it for a thousand participants all at the same time. If you would like to participate in this session let us know (or you can sign up for the Summit tickets here).
We greatly appreciate any feedback or questions on the project. If you have ideas for hosting a session, want to work on your companies’s challenges or if you want to run a 1000 Moonshots session yourself, let us know.
Written by Jörgen van der Sloot
Founder & Head of Futures at Minkowski