Expo Milano & Global Action Platform Collaborations To Feed The Planet

Written by Dr. Scott T. Massey, Guest Contributor
Diplomatic Courier
May 11, 2015

In 2012, Global Action Platform conducted the first global summit to frame issues for the agenda of ExpoMilano2015. Opening with an assessment of food issues from the World Bank, the inaugural program examined food production, climate, logistics, nutrition/diet, the culture of food, and ended with a keynote from Thomas Friedman of the New York Times. The global dialogue on food launched at the Summit in 2012 has continued annually since then and has now become an ongoing collaboration to build scalable, sustainable solutions for abundant food, health, and prosperity.

This year, in 2015, Global Action Platform expands its work related to feeding the planet through support of the new Sustainable Development Goals and the launch of an urban development campus to serve as a center of innovation and best practices.

Global Action Platform is a university-business alliance working on global food, health, and economic issues. From its headquarters as the global think tank and trusted convener for oneC1TY, a twenty-acre innovation park in Nashville, Tennessee, Global Action Platform is working to find solutions for abundance. With over a million square feet of space, encompassing two hotels, a conference center, business accelerator, offices, two residential towers, a farmers’ market, restaurants, retail, and entertainment, oneC1TY is a living laboratory for nutritious food, mindful healthy living, and shared value economic development.

Urbanization and food are increasingly interconnected challenges. oneC1TY addresses the primary need of today’s global cities—to create a new infrastructure to support the human capital essential to sustainable communities and economies. The World Bank projects that 75% of the world’s population will live in urban areas in the next three decades. Cities that design to empower their people will thrive; those that do not will struggle and decay. oneC1TY is designed to respond to this urban challenge and opportunity. At oneC1TY—Nashville, and its future locations around the world, the resources needed by today’s creative class are hyper-connected in a community dedicated to innovation.

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