Global Futures in Focus: Uncovering today’s challenges and tomorrow’s solutions

Dominic Barton headshot on a background of neon geometric shapes
Dominic Barton headshot on a background of neon geometric shapes
In the midst of a rapidly changing world, how can we ensure a prosperous future for humanity and our planet? A new podcast hosted by University of Waterloo chancellor Dominic Barton, called Global Futures in Focus , explores this question and more.

Each episode examines one of the Global Futures, five interconnected futures the Waterloo community imagines for humanity and our planet: societal, health, technological, economic and sustainable. These five futures intersect and provide a roadmap for what’s possible, while highlighting how Waterloo is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the world.

Listeners will hear perspectives from students, faculty members and alumni - each sharing insights on the transformational forces that are fundamentally changing the way we live and work, including geopolitical strife, climate change and technological advances. They’ll also share potential solutions that could help guide us to positive outcomes - many of which come from the Waterloo community.

For Barton, who serves as the University’s 11th chancellor, this community provides hope in a sea of change: "As Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, I have been inspired by its collective and insatiable appetite for searching out what’s next."
Megan Vander Woude