A research initiative at The Fletcher School aimed at fostering inclusive growth around the world using the power of digital technologies.

IDEA 2030 is a research initiative that aims to focus the minds of decision-makers through data-driven insights on inclusive digital economies. Housed within Digital Planet at the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) at The Fletcher School, IDEA 2030 addresses two fundamental issues of our time: the need for inclusive growth and recovery, and the pervasiveness of digital technology.

This initiative brings together a global insight community of leading problem-solvers and researchers. Through these partnerships, the community serves as a “go-to-hub” for emerging markets and technologies by disseminating research and insights on how to make the digital economy work better for everyone, everywhere.

IDEA 2030 seeks to answer many questions, including:

THE IDEA 2030 COUNCIL

The IDEA 2030 Council is a global network of researchers comprising academics, social entrepreneurs,
AI analysts and global consultants focused on unraveling an inclusive digital future for all.

SUSAN ARIEL AARONSON

Professor and Director
of the Digital Trade
and Data Governance Hub,
George Washington University

RUKMINI BANERJI

CEO, Pratham

BHASKAR CHAKRAVORTI

Chair of IDEA 2030;
Dean of Global Business,
The Fletcher School
at Tufts University

RAVI SHANKAR CHATURVEDI

Research Director of IDEA 2030;
Director of Research,
The Fletcher School
at Tufts University

ROBIN MILLER

Partner, Digital Technology;
Practice Lead, Dalberg

DAVID PORTEOUS

Founder and Chair,
Digital Frontiers

AURET VAN HEERDEN

Labor Rights Activist;
Founder, Equiception

WILIMA WADHWA

Director, ASER Centre;
Professor, University
of California, Irwine

DARRELL WEST

Founding Director - Center
for Technology Innovation;
Vice President, Governance
Studies, Brookings Institution

IDEA 2030 Council Research

Recent global estimates suggest that school closures and unequal access to technology-based educational inputs used for remote learning will aggravate the existing equity gaps in education. ASER  Digital Check 2020 captures information on various dimensions such as children’s sex, their school type, and their parents’ education level to explore this widening equity gap in education in rural India.

In collaboration with ASER Centre, Pratham India 

Data governance has become an essential, albeit challenging task for policymakers. They must develop new visions, strategies, structures, policies, and processes. Governments that can accomodate a flexible approach to governing different types of data use and re-use in a responsive, accountable, ethical, and anticipatory manner are likely to build and maintain trust.

In collaboration with the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub at The George Washington University

How can real-time social analytics provide a tool for inclusive policymaking? This report uses a dataset of over 873 million online interactions drawn from more than one hundred social and mainstream media channels to analyze public sentiment and emotion in response to the pandemic management of eight governments between January and July 2020.

In collaboration with Equiception

Explore our perspectives and conversations with industry leaders on the impact of war on Ukraine’s digital economy.

Inclusive Business Case Compendiums

The needs of the global sustainable development agenda are both broad and urgent, and innovation models are central to addressing them in a timely, efficient, and scalable manner, from promoting inclusive growth and ensuring the longevity of natural resources to addressing issues across the state of the human condition. 

Research

Past events

The Internet's Turn? When the Pandemic Planet Became a Digital Planet

December 13, 2021

A network of researchers and doers, comprising academics, social entrepreneurs, AI analysts and global consultants, met and discussed the lessons learned from our digital lives around the world during the pandemic. Get a better picture of how we can get from there to a post-pandemic digital economy that works for everyone everywhere.

Turning America's Digital Divide into Digital Dividends

March 31, 2021

Why are we so divided about the true state of the digital divide in America? What steps might the Biden-Harris administration take to clarify the reality of this divide and move toward closing the gap? This webinar examines how these changes can be transformational for a recovering, yet socially distanced economy.

One Month to Election, Seven Months of a Pandemic: How Equal is the State of Digital Survival Across America?

October 8, 2020

Immunity to pre-election social media misinformation, remote schooling, telehealth access, productive working-from-home: Who has it, and who doesn’t? What can be done? How can we ensure the nation’s digital and democratic health? This webinar seeks to answer these critical questions in order to get us to a more inclusive post-COVID, post-election America.

An Uneven State of the Union: How the Pandemic Lays Bare America's Coastal-Heartland Gap and How to Act to Close It

June 10, 2020

This webinar examines the key findings from the Uneven State of the Union study and how they can give policymakers and business leaders a sense of the future path of COVID-19 in the US, its ultimate economic impact, and what needs to be done next.

A World Online: Which Countries are Ready for the Great Lockdown and Which are Ready to Ease Up

April 22, 2020

The inaugural IDEA 2030 webinar features insights from Digital Planet’s Social Distance Readiness Benchmark, focusing on how easily countries can enter and exit lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On the Record

Partner

The IDEA 2030 initiative was made possible with support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

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