Meet the Kind City Changemakers
To bring our vision of the Kind City to life and empower community-led innovation, Lenovo partnered with Ashoka, the global network of social entrepreneurs.
Puerto Princesa, Philippines
Johannesburg, South Africa
In this podcast, you decide where to go and who to listen to. Hear incredible stories of kindness from around the world. Start with multigenerational living in the USA. Travel to China to hear about climate change. Tech hubs in Brazilian favelas. Dreams in the UK. A kindness currency in Japan. You choose.
People from all walks of life have shared their vision for a Kind City. From these worldwide submissions, we used artificial intelligence to create a set of principles. Ten big ideas, rooted in kindness, to propel us towards a more human, happy future.
The Kind City of the future will…
1. Expand and enhance public green spaces
2. Create a deep sense of belonging for all
3. Support businesses to prioritize community and sustainability
4. Restore and create connections across generations
5. Build structures and systems that treat diversity as an asset and create opportunities for all
6. Offer wisdom, empathy, and support to create trust across communities
7. Build fully accessible infrastructure and services
8. Transform and accelerate travel within and around cities
9. Create affordable housing
10. Nuture and help manifest innovative, kind visions for the future
As a gay, Asian man, Tan France knows about needing hope in our future cities. You may know him from Queer Eye, but today he will be your tour guide through the Kind City podcast. Bon voyage.
Emicida uses his voice to rap about Brazil’s black heritage: academics, artists, and activists. The São Paulo-born musician knows that to create a better future we need to learn from the past.
A scientist, inventor, and TIME Magazine’s Kid of the Year in 2020. At only 15 Gitanjali has already used tech to tackle contaminated drinking water, opioid addiction, and cyberbullying. She wants to solve global challenges by creating a community of young innovators.
Ibun is leading the way when it comes to inclusion in education. As founder of the company ‘World Road’ , her goal is to ‘build the world in to a single school’. A kinder place for the many, not the few.
Oona has an Irish passport. She has worked in England. Lives in Vienna. Travelled Europe. Hitched across Africa. An expert on the history of futurology, the architecture of the future, and countless other topics. The perfect person to talk about humanity in our future cites.
Peter, called the first ‘human cyborg,’ is an English-American scientist. In 2017 he was diagnosed with motor-neurone disease but has not slowed down one bit. Peter and his husband lead a charitable foundation, which uses innovative tech to transform the lives of people with extreme disabilities.