This Sustainable Societies Lab seminar will explore Israel’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for sustaining human and planetary health as pathways to regional peace. Despite its small size, Israel is a leader in health, environmental, and ecological innovation and is home to a disproportionate number of successful startups. Water, food, energy, and medical care have been central to Israeli-Arab peace negotiations and have served as a foundation for regional cooperation. Today, as the Middle East experiences a fraught security environment, increased drought, severe environmental degradation, continued population growth, and poor governance, exploring Israeli-Arab initiatives on human and planetary health presents a unique opportunity to understand how such cooperation could provide a pathway toward sustainable development, conflict deterrence, regional integration, and future peace agreements. Through videos, readings, guest lectures and discussions, we will examine efforts of the private and public sector, civil society institutions, and organizations such as EcoPeace, Arava Institute, Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, Comet Middle East, Startup Nation Central, Tech2Peace, and Seeds of Peace. In this course, students will learn how socio-cultural factors, such as political, military, geographical, historical, environmental, and technological conditions have influenced the innovation ecosystem in human and planetary health in Israel. You will also gain insights into the challenges and opportunities for impact entrepreneurs and changemakers in Israel, understand their evolution, and explore strategies for deeper engagement with these themes in Israel and the broader Middle East, aiming to propose sustainable solutions for enhancing regional cooperation and peace. To apply please fill out this Google Form by March 13th: Registration is limited to 20 by instructor’s permission. There are no prerequisites.

Instructors: Bloom, G. (PI) ; Singer, S. (PI)

Instructors: Bloom, G. (PI) ; Singer, S. (PI)
Faculty Principal Investigator (PI) Required?: N/A

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