One of the main underlying themes and driving factors of SILKROAD 4.0 is to encourage international and cross-cultural understanding between countries, and peaceful co-existence between peoples, regions and different parts of the world, using innovation, inspiration and technology as a language, a vehicle and a platform for causing positive change.
The more you travel, the more you understand that all humans and animals just want the same thing. To enjoy our time on the planet, have fun, live a good life, have positive interactions, and create a nice atmosphere for those around us. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, or even possible in different parts of the world, where various other realities and influences cause negative ripples and consequences. Overpopulation, hunger, diminishing resources, wars, the climate crisis, greed, inequality, economic disparity, biosphere depletion and even overtourism can cause problems, displacements and shifts that lead to friction, clashes and uprising.
But it doesn't have to be like this, and humanity already possesses the means, resources, capital, and desire for change, to solve most of the issues facing the planet, today. Corporate and political will has to catch up, to enable necessary change.
Thankfully, a lot of the issues the world faces on an ongoing basis are being addressed and tackled through implementation of new technologies, ideas, and a positive global shift in consciousness. The sharpest minds in the leading startups, companies, industries and philanthropic organisations in the world are dedicating their lives and resources to solving these issues, both now, and for future generations. We're very happy to be able to play a small part in this shift, by pushing and focusing on positive technologies and concepts, and making connections to the people that can elevate these world-improving initiatives to the levels where they can cause positive change - for all of us.