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Paul G. Allen: Tackling the World’s Hardest Problems with Technology and Better, Faster Data
Art Min Vice President, Impact Vulcan Inc., A Paul G. Allen Company
Translating his vision for positive change into impact.
Engines for impact from across Paul’s network:
What are the world’s hardest problems?
How can we use technology and science to help solve those problems?
Our approach to creating impact:
New kinds of conservation technology
Better, faster data
Policy and partnerships
CLIMATE Our climate is on an unsustainable path. We must change its trajectory.
Deep Ocean Profiling To better understand the threats facing our oceans, Paul Allen and NOAA are deploying deep Argo floats down to 6,000 meters off coast of Brazil.
Polar Ice Sheet Robotic Exploration Partnering with the University of Washington on under-water gliders to collect oceanic observations on ice-shelf conditions and potential sea level rise.
Catalyzing Cities: The Smart City Challenge Partnering with U.S. Department of Transportation to attack the #1 CO2 emitter – transportation – by electrifying a city’s transportation fleet and paving the way for scalable adoption.
Our oceans produce half the oxygen we breath, 80 percent of life on earth, 16 percent of our planet’s animal protein, and $2.5 trillion in annual commerce. But threats like climate change and the crisis of overfishing have put our oceans on an unsustainable path.
Global FinPrint Collaborating with Florida International University, supported the first-ever survey of sharks and rays in coral reef ecosystems to provide critical baseline and trend data in more than 400 locations.
Sea Around Us With the University of British Columbia, we’re bringing the most respected reconstructed estimates of unreported fishing to decision makers across the globe.
Better, Faster Data to Fight Illegal Fishing: Skylight We’re building a platform to better understand what’s happening on our oceans and produce more actionable intelligence. The goal: Healthier oceans.
Human-Assisted Evolution of Coral Research Led by researchers at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, we are using human assisted evolution to develop stocks of reef corals bred to be resilient to changing ocean conditions
“50 Reefs” Global Coral Reef Action Agenda Partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tiffany & Co. Foundation to identify the top 50 key reef system and conservation strategies to protect them before reefs become extinct.
Much of our wildlife and biodiversity is threatened with extinction. By marrying technology development, storytelling, and policy change, we are working to protect keystone species and entire ecosystems.
Great Elephant Census
The first continent-wide aerial survey of African savanna elephants. Results showed a 30 percent decline in elephant populations over seven years due in most part to poaching. This data was key in new policies being implemented to protect this iconic species.
Domain Awareness System Responding to the elephant poaching crisis, we created a new technology platform to protect this iconic species. With potential applications for additional species protection, this real-time snapshot of protected area management has been called a “game changer.”
- Paul G. Allen
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to find my own challenges, see them through to fruition – change the
world for the better."
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Slide Number 1 Slide Number 2 Slide Number 3 Slide Number 4 What are the world’s hardest problems?���How can we use technology and science to help solve those problems? Slide Number 6 CLIMATE�Our climate is on an unsustainable path. We must change its trajectory.�� Slide Number 8 Slide Number 9 Slide Number 10 OCEANS��Our oceans produce half the oxygen we breath, 80 percent of life on earth, 16 percent of our planet’s animal protein, and $2.5 trillion in annual commerce. But threats like climate change and the crisis of overfishing have put our oceans on an unsustainable path. Slide Number 12 Slide Number 13 Slide Number 14 Slide Number 15 Slide Number 16 WILDLIFE��Much of our wildlife and biodiversity is threatened with extinction. By marrying technology development, storytelling, and policy change, we are working to protect keystone species and entire ecosystems. Slide Number 18 Slide Number 19 Slide Number 20 Slide Number 21