During his Prize Day speech to the Upper School boys, Geoff Cape, the co-founder and executive director of Evergreen, pointed out that:
“In the next 50 years, we will see a massive increase in population and a
dramatic shift to an urbanized culture. Tokyo, to give you just one
example, will have 68 million people by 2062.”
An increasingly urbanized population will present a variety of opportunities, and Cape challenged his audience to think about the kinds of infrastructural changes that will need to be made in order to accommodate the populations of our future mega-cities. He also stressed that our students will need to be creative and collaborative in meeting these challenges.
On creativity: “Creativity needs to be baked into everything we do, and you’ll have to learn to be creative or you will work with your head down on
someone else’s idea.”
On collaboration: “It’s how we work and play together that counts.
Remember: the group is always smarter than any one individual.
Crowdsourcing is how we will operate.”
Cape concluded by encouraging the boys. “Start to think about nurturing your creativity and your sense of collaboration. Today’s patterns will set the story for the rest of your life. Remember to ask yourself: ‘If not now, when?'”