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IDEA 2030 aims to focus the minds of decision-makers through rigorous data driven research and insights on fostering inclusive digital economies, as a tool to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A multi-year research initiative, housed within Digital Planet at the Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), IDEA 2030 brings together two fundamental issues of our time: the need for inclusive growth and recovery, and the pervasiveness of digital technology.

Under the IDEA 2030 umbrella, the Institute is bringing together a global insight community of leading problem-solvers and researchers, including academics, technologists, business leaders, policymakers, social enterprise organizations, independent research centers, and think tanks. Through these partnerships, the community serves as a “go-to-hub” for the digital economy, disseminating research and insights on how to make the digital economy work better for everyone, everywhere.

IDEA 2030 seeks to answer many questions, such as:

  • How do we learn from the experiences during and beyond the lockdowns around the world and ensure that the digital technology in each of the countries studied promotes inclusive growth and build systems to prevent it from deepening divides?
  • What actions must be taken by policymakers, businesses, social sector actors, and ordinary citizens to power digital inclusion and mitigate the risks – and which areas present the biggest opportunities?
  • What are the business and innovation implications of solving for digital inclusion?
  • How do the answers to these questions help rebuild more widely shared trust in the digital economy as a force for socio-economic progress and development?

IDEA 2030 was launched on a webinar hosted by Digital Planet and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth in April 2020. The webinar, titled “A World Online: Which Countries are Ready for the Great Lockdown and Which are Ready to Ease Up?”, explored initial findings of the Social Distance Readiness Index, the first of many research outputs of this initiative. The index explores the digital preparedness and resilience of countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

April 22, 2020

The first webinar apart of the IDEA 2030 initiative explored the key findings of the Social Distance Readiness Benchmark. The benchmark explores how easily countries around the world can enter and exit lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 features the results of The Uneven State of the Union study and how it can give policymakers, business leaders, and innovators a sense of the future path of COVID-19 in the US, its ultimate economic impact, and what needs to be done next.

On the Record

Remote Working Can’t Last Forever | Barron’s Magazine, July 27, 2020

Does Working from Home Actually Work? | Bhaskar Chakravorti in The Fletcher School’s “Lessons from a Pandemic”, July 9, 2020

Digital contact tracing is doomed in the United States | Fast Company, July 7, 2020 

Researchers track spread of virus through social distancing | Bhaskar Chakravorti interviewed in ABC News Tampa Bay, June 26, 2020

Who is Practicing Social Distancing Best? | Bhaskar Chakravorti interviewed for NBC 10 Boston, 

Are Countries Ready to Exit COVID-19 Lockdowns? | Bhaskar Chakravorti interviewed for Tufts Now, May 11, 2020

Which Countries Were (And Weren’t) Ready for Remote Work? | Harvard Business Review, April 29, 2020

To restore the economy, we must fix America’s technology gaps | The Hill, April 23, 2020

Trump’s new guidelines for states are aimed at reopening parts of US, lifting coronavirus restrictions | USA Today, April 16, 2020

Lessons from 6 countries on how to end coronavirus lockdowns | Business Insider, March 10, 2020

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