Human Security for All: How Tech Can Get It Done

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The key to securing the health, wealth, freedoms and future of the planet’s populations is committed collaboration on a global scale. But how? That’s where technology comes in. Two thought leaders share insights on the topic in a rare discussion that teams great minds on the topic. This episode features former New Zealand ambassador to the United Nations Amanda Ellis with former CEO of AOL and News Corp, and current Advisory Council Member at Force for Good, Jon Miller. Their real-world experience in affecting change is central to the Human Security for All (HS4A) campaign.
From investments that yield significant returns to securing top talent, the world’s technology companies can realize bottom-line benefits as they contribute to more stable and sustainable communities. It’s all explained in season 7, episode 9, Tech for Humanity: Advancing Lives Through Innovation, of the CES Tech Talk podcast series.    

Top Four Takeaways

  • HS4A will be front and center again at CES 2024 through exhibits, the Great Minds speaker series and elsewhere during the event.
  • As Jon Miller says, the companies that help solve humanity’s challenges will be the ones that “own the future.” He speaks at length on how and why this is today’s reality.
  • Two considerations directly impact a brand’s status in the marketplace. First, consumers worldwide favor brands that stand for something meaningful, and they’ll buy on that basis. Second, a company’s commitment to important causes directly impacts recruiting success. Increasingly, the most in-demand hires care about causes such as the environment and diversity.
  • As AI evolves, a robust set of guardrails are needed, as Ambassador Ellis points out. It’s technology’s role, she says, to “shine a spotlight on the potential for misuse.”

They Said It

“[T]echnology empowers the individual to take action with their parliamentarians and be able to say, ‘Hey, this is going on. We know, and you guys need to be really living up to the commitments you made under the Paris Agreement.’ So for me, the huge opportunity, particularly in climate for tech as a force for good, is to empower the individual human to know what's going on, hold business to account and vote with our wallets.”
Former Ambassador Amanda Ellis (21:16)
“[T]he ability to really affect outcomes is very much present now with existing technology, developing technology and with, hopefully, the inspiration…The opportunity to capture those in new and emerging markets, as well as by rebuilding and remaking the existing large economies. Because if we do both those things together, the [cost-outcome] gap will actually shrink by 30% to 40%...”
Jon Miller (22:42)

Amanda Ellis
Former New Zealand Ambassador to the UN and
Global Partnerships Dir., Arizona State University

Former UN Ambassador Amanda Ellis currently serves as Executive Director, Asia-Pacific, for the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, and Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Networks, for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. She is co-chair of the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, launched by the UN Secretary General, the President of the World Bank and the Council of Women World Leaders in 2018 to promote inclusive entrepreneurship. Previous roles include New Zealand’s Head of Mission and Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and inaugural Ambassador for Women and Girls. Ms. Ellis holds a BA First Class Honors degree in French and Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and an MA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jonathan (Jon) Miller
Advisory Council, Force for Good and
Former Chairman and CEO, AOL and News Corp Digital Media

Jon Miller is a senior executive and investor at the intersection of technology and media. Positions held include Chairman and CEO of AOL, INC, Chairman and CEO of News Corp Digital Media Group, and President and CEO of USA Interactive (now IAC). Earlier, he was Executive Producer of Live 8, the largest charity event ever produced, and an Advisor on a related follow up initiative, Live Earth.  He has been a partner in venture capital firm Advancit Capital for eight years where he has invested in more than 100 companies. Mr. Miller has served as a director of a number of public and private companies including the boards of BBC News Worldwide, RTL Broadcasting, NY Public Radio, Akamai, Nielsen and others. Honors include UJA Media Man of the Year as well as awards from the International Emmy Association, Hollywood Reporter and more.

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