A Better World in the Making
Imagine a world in which profit and human prosperity are inextricably linked. In which economically viable healthcare is a given, technology enhances human work, and sustainability is at the center of every corporate agenda. In a world like this, tough problems wouldn’t be considered intractable, but solvable.
A Healthy Humankind
Building a better global system of health care—with the goal of delivering longer, healthier, more fulfilled human lives—has proven to be one of the most pervasive challenges of our time.
As the third decade of the 21st century approaches, it is increasingly evident that the fields of economic theory, data analytics, and management science are every bit as crucial to create the health system of the future as is biomedicine. No wonder, then, that in environments built upon cross-disciplinary collaboration such as MIT Sloan, those mind-and-hand–melding partnerships are unlocking new approaches to long-standing quandaries.
Today, the faculty, researchers, and students of MIT Sloan are dedicating profound resources, energy, and ingenuity to hacking some of the most complex issues presented by the quest for a healthy humankind. The work conducted here each day is expanding the frontiers of how we can heal, keep people healthy, and deliver better, more affordable therapies faster to those who truly need them. It is solidifying a future where health care data and analytics drive discovery and improve delivery, operational and organizational improvements enable service advances, and economic incentives support high-quality and affordable health care.
We’re pleased to share some examples of this groundbreaking work that has been made possible in part by the MIT Campaign for a Better World. Because the campaign is dedicated to supporting work to improve the world, it means that every gift to the campaign has a profound impact. Each gift is not only a gift to MIT Sloan, but also a gift to the world.
The Evolution of Work
In the massive leaps technology has taken over the last few decades, we see opportunities to accomplish the work of the world in new ways through AI, automation, and robotics. We can free human and financial capital, empower and augment the abilities of workers across industries, and—perhaps most tantalizingly—provide powerful new ways to take on the epoch-defining threats we face today: issues like inequality, education, health, and global climate change.
A More Sustainable Future
Here at MIT Sloan, much of our wide-ranging work continues to be focused on the critical goal of a sustainable business future: one where the truly epochal benefits of trade itself are balanced with the needs of the planet and its people. While the expansion of trade has driven the kind of technological innovation and poverty reduction our ancestors could only dream of, we also witness a world in which unchecked growth—and reckless business practice—endangers the fundamental well-being of populations and biospheres alike.