Conference keynotes highlight Cornell's partnerships in Asia



"The most urgent problem we face today is the problem of what I call discernment," Einaudi Center director Hiro Miyazaki told an international audience of scholars, scientists, practitioners, and policy influencers at an April 2017 conference in Hong Kong on Cornell's sustainability efforts in Asia.

"That is the problem of how to make decisions – thoughtful and timely decisions – under conditions of uncertainty."

His solution? "We need to create a collaborative environment in which technical experts and a broader range of social scientists, humanists, and most importantly citizens... can work together."  

To that end, Miyazaki proposed the development of multilingual online forums to facilitate communication across borders of nation, language, and discipline. He cited the Meridian 180 program as an example.

Provost Mike Kotlikoff at podium
Cornell provost Michael Kotlikoff addresses the sustainability conference in Hong Kong. 

His talk, titled "Developing New Forms of Communication and Collaboration," was part of the conference "Sustainability in Asia: Partnerships for Research and Implementation." It was cosponsored by the Einaudi Center and the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and introduced by Cornell's Provost, Michael Kotlikoff.

Miyazaki is a professor of anthropology and the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies. He has published extensively on theories of exchange, futurity, and hope. His latest book, co-edited with Cornell sociologist Richard Swedberg, is The Economy of Hope, a systematic investigation of hope across time, space, and socioeconomic circumstances.

In addition to serving as the director of the Einaudi Center, Miyazaki coordinates the center's Global Finance Initiative.

His was one of three keynote addresses at the Hong Kong conference. The others were given by Atkinson Center director David M. Lodge and Ronnie Coffman, director of International Programs at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS).

Videos of other keynotes

Keynote address by David M. Lodge, the Francis J. DiSalvo Director of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. 

Keynote address by Ronnie Coffman, International Professor of Plant Breeding and director of IP-CALS.

Related links

Asia conference highlights Cornell's sustainability efforts (Cornell Chronicle)

Collaboration evident during Asia-Pacific alumni conference (Cornell Chronicle)