He embodies this year’s Slush theme of how entrepreneurs can solve the most pressing global challenges. He is the former Vice President of the United States, Co-founder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management, Senior partner at KPCB, and a member of Apple’s board of directors. He is Al Gore – a solver who will open Slush 2017.
With great admiration, we have followed Mr. Gore’s career and have been inspired by his major impact of raising awareness about the threats of climate change. In 2006, his Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth inspired people around the world to start discussions of the imminent threat of global warming. The following year, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Gore was the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”
As this year’s Slush stage program focuses on how entrepreneurs can solve the most pressing challenges on Earth with the help of technology, we cannot express enough how grateful we are to have Mr. Gore joining the event.
“Who could be better to set the tone for Slush 2017. Al Gore is the embodiment of raising the awareness for climate change and most importantly, for taking action,” says Katja Toropainen, Chief Program Curator.
Indeed. Mr. Gore strongly believes that the battle to halt climate change can be won, as the green revolution delivering clean energy is larger than the industrial revolution and happening faster than the digital revolution. Premiered in July 2017, Gore’s new film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power shows how close we are to that – to a real energy revolution.
“There is now in our world a sustainability revolution and it is best understood, in my view, by placing it in the context of other great global transformations – the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, the digital revolution,” Guardian writes. “This sustainability revolution has the breadth and magnitude of the industrial revolution but it has the speed of the digital revolution.”
At Slush 2017, the green and digital revolution go hand in hand in perfect harmony. It’s an honor to have Mr. Gore who last time visited Finland in 2011, to join the 10-year-old Slush, celebrate our 100-year-old country, and above all, to take the stage in front of the 17,500 other solvers.