IDEA 2030


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:

  • 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?



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?

Bhaskar Chakravorti is joined by technology entrepreneur and policy expert Steven Koltai to discuss recent IDEA 2030 research across the 50 U.S. states and perspectives from the ground-up from one pivotal state to inform solutions 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 first webinar associated with IDEA 2030 featured a discussion around the Social Distance Readiness Benchmark, focusing on how easily countries can enter and exit lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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