COVID-19 and Democracy: Can parliaments come to the rescue?


COVID-19 and Democracy: Can parliaments come to the rescue?

The Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University are co-hosting an informal panel debate for International Day of Democracy. Can parliaments learn from the past six months to become stronger and more effective institutions that impose checks and balances on executive powers to better serve the people? Registrants can attend live and will also receive a recording after the event.

Binational discussion on urban mobility of the future

What has the pandemic taught us about the inequities cemented into our city streets and transit systems, and where do we go from here? On Sept. 22, join ASU and Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad for a discussion of the future of urban mobility.

Farming in the rainy season in North Dafur. Using horse to pull plow turning over the soil.

The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index and the future of development

Sept. 15: Join the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory for a panel discussion with members of the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative team working on advancement and implementation of the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index. Learn about the MPI and gain insights into the personal perspective of key figures working around the world to address the missing dimensions of poverty in global development policy and practice.

FABRIC personnel creating PPE gowns.

From fashion incubator to PPE manufacturer

When FABRIC, Tempe’s fashion incubator, learned of the urgent PPE shortage, they stepped up and to date have sewn over 200,000 reusable isolation gowns that meet FDA regulations. Join us Sept. 15 (1-2 p.m.) for a virtual talk with 2 business & fashion innovators from FABRIC.

This week: UN75 Global Governance Forum

ASU faculty, staff and students are invited to register for the livestream of the 2020 Global Governance Forum, Sept 16-18. The event features a session moderated by GFL’s Amanda Ellis at 9am AZ time on Sept 18.


Sign up now for free: Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory has signed on as a host institution for this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. As a host institution, we have unlimited registration passes for the ASU community. Sign up to gain free access to this great event.

Roseland, Boone on healing segregated cities

American cities represent part of the nation’s long and grim history of discrimination and oppression against Black people. According to sustainability scientists Mark Roseland and Christopher Boone, cities can also be part of the recovery from all that harm.

Artist rendering of new ASU building ISTB7

ASU launches Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory to transform the world for a better future

At a time of increasing challenges around the globe, successful responses and solutions depend on recognizing the complexity and interconnectedness of the Earth’s systems, both natural and societal. In response to current crises and driven by the belief in making positive, substantive advances, ASU announced this week the launch of a laboratory dedicated to keeping our planet habitable and enhancing the options for future generations to thrive.

Graphic showing Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory focus areas

Global Futures Research Accelerator launches with 28 participants

The Global Futures Research Accelerator launched on September 4, 2020. The inaugural cohort includes 28 faculty participants representing 13 college-level units across all four metropolitan ASU campuses. The faculty have diverse expertise across the sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

Submissions due Oct. 1: Reimagining Energy for the DoD

The time has come for the DoD to reimagine its usage, generation, transportation, and storage of energy. Submit your ideas: big, small, ambitious, conservative, terrestrial and space-based – all are welcomed and encouraged.

Ariane Middel

Cool pavement pilot study

A joint study between Arizona State University researchers — led by Ariane Middel and Jenni Vanos — and the City of Phoenix, and sponsored by the Healthy Urban Environments Initiative, will quantify and evaluate the effectiveness of the CoolSeal product in mitigating urban heat considering various heat metrics (air temperature, surface temperature and radiant temperature). This one-year project will also assess the product performance and life cycle.

Solving the affordable house crisis with community land trusts

In this Sept. 29 event, Stephanie Brewer explains how a community land trust uses public and private funding to build or rehabilitate houses, and then sells them under an agreement that allows first-time homeowners to build equity while ensuring that the homes will remain affordable for future buyers.