Soneva Fushi has sponsored the SLOW LIFE Symposium 2014 which looked at ‘Capitalism Within Planetary Boundaries’, and bringing together global representatives from travel, business, and education.
SLOW LIFE is an acronym for Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences, and explains the Soneva philosophy. Soneva Fushi aim is to illuminate lives whilst treading lightly on the earth.
This year’s Slow Life Symposium looked at how we can accelerate and scale initiatives like “Natural Capital” and “Social Capital” to shape the ground rules for tomorrow’s capitalism. The 2014 Symposium had a particular focus on food, farming, fishing and the health of the oceans.
The symposium line up saw attendees exploring such questions as how can financial and economic systems place our world on a more sustainable footing? How can innovation in governance and investment improve and cement our oceans’ long-term health? How can we promote sustainable fisheries and reef restoration in the Maldives? How can we increase the proportion of philanthropic funds dedicated to environmental causes?
All the participants at this year’s Symposium share a belief that it is possible to make a big impact on environmental problems and bring about transformational change.
Previous symposiums have seen the establishment of successful initiatives such as Whole World Water, which takes the Soneva model of filtering and bottling drinking water on site and extends it to the whole of the hospitality industry. With members contributing ten per cent of water revenues, this initiative has the potential to raise $1bn to provide safe drinking water and basic sanitation services globally.