Pathway works towards the development of an inclusive, ethical and resilient economy and society by designing and establishing the necessary institutions, instruments and frameworks to facilitate change and by incubating public-private partnerships.
The first Pathway project is the establishment of a China-based international gathering called ‘The Hanwang Forum’ in partnership with Chinese organizations. The Hanwang Forum endeavours to bring relevant stakeholders from China to meet with their counterparts from the rest of the world and to deliver projects that advance sustainable development globally.
Under the umbrella of a society-wide sustainable development approach, the inaugural Forum focused on eight (7+1) areas that together impact the environment, the economy and social coherence as a whole.
Participants explored these areas in small groups and, in so doing, defined the principles and metrics that will subsequently guide integrated action.
Each conversation was animated by an internationally recognised figure who combined depth of expertise as well as breadth through retaining a global perspective. The eight areas and animators of each, who in turn form Pathway’s Executive Committee, are:
1. Food & Agriculture
Ziad Tassabehji from Lebanon and based in London is the CEO of Grenea. He is the initiator and founder of the Masdar initiative, a US$22bn Abu Dhabi government project to diversify its economy into renewable energy and sustainability technologies.
Michael Depledge, from the United Kingdom, is the Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), and Professor of Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School.
Adam Arvidsson, from Sweden and based in Italy, is a sociology professor at the University of Milan and the author of Brands: Meaning and Value in Media Culture. He has published widely on social production, the creative industries and the political economy of information.
Michel Bauwens, from Belgium and based in Thailand, is the founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives. He works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property.
Steven Beckers, from Belgium, is the co-founder of Lateral Thinking Factory and a Cradle to Cradle accredited architect and consultant who has developed a global approach to sustainability in architecture, urban planning and construction.
6. Civil Society
Scilla Elworthy, from the United Kingdom, is the founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct, a three-time Nobel Peace prize nominee, and an advisor to the founders of the Elders.
7. Governance & Policy
Henrik Skovby, from Denmark, is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Dalberg, a strategic advisory firm that works to raise living standards in developing countries and address global challenges.
+1. Arts & Culture
Alwin van der Linde is a Dutch artist currently living in Spain. He has exhibited in Europe, the US and China and his paintings can be found in major institutional and private collections all over the world. He is a Cultural Representative to the Extremadura Government.