Tomorrow is full of big questions. Questions on sustainability, health and energy. And the biggest is about human life on this planet. What sort of future are we heading towards, what can we do? Not to change it, but to shape it? It’s this question that has led University College Groningen to create a project for today’s young people. A challenge to use different perspectives to come up with innovative ideas for the biggest problems we will face as a society. And we call it, the Innovation Generation.
This year, the Innovation Generation is inviting 16-18 year old high school students in the Netherlands to come up with new and creative questions, and answers, for one of tomorrow’s biggest challenges: food sustainability.Read more
There are many challenges facing modern society. And they cover a wide range of topics, from poverty and hunger to finding a new balance between technological advancements and the need for human interaction. Fitting with the theme of University College Groningen, we first narrowed our scope to sustainability, making a shortlist of several topics that are relevant today. We then asked high-school students, like you, which topic they found most interesting and relevant. The answer, overwhelmingly, was food.
This is not surprising. Food is a basic human necessity, and the essence of life itself. Furthermore, by looking at the world through the lens of food sustainability, a multitude of topics can be tackled. These include poverty and hunger, protecting the environment, the impact of technology and science, and the financial disparity between the have and have-nots.
We hope that exploring this theme together will stimulate you to keep asking questions, both during this competition and beyond.