How can one of the world’s best-known intergovernmental organizations stimulate wide ranging social, cultural and economic change in countries ‘washed by the Caribbean sea’?
Frayed at the edges
The Caribbean is at a crossroads. Growth has slowed, economic integration has reached its limits and the region is experiencing growing inequality and extreme vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.
Opinion formers across the region concluded that disruptive thinking and bold action were needed to create resilience and stability for the future of the Caribbean.
Simulating radical change
Working with the Resident Representative of The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the region, the Foreign Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, and the Deputy Secretary-General of The Commonwealth, Fortitude helped structure and position an event designed specifically to trigger the disruptive thought, research and action needed to build a transformed and sustainable future. The event, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, sought to bring together a forward-thinking group of progressive policy makers, thinkers and business and civic society leaders in an innovative and ambitious forum.
Disruptive thinking practical outcomes
The highly successful inaugural forum on the future of the Caribbean brought together around 500 regional and international leaders. Speakers included three sitting Prime Ministers, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) and the Secretary-General of The Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The forum achieved its objectives of delivering disruptive thinking, bold action and practical outcomes. The intent is to hold the forum on a regular basis to ensure that momentum for change in the region is maintained.