It is not an overstatement to say that our world is in crisis.
Every day we hear about the polarization, catastrophes and struggles facing humanity on a global scale. Every place we look we see big issues that need not only attention but also intention — the conscious intention to make change.
While we are certainly not the first generation to face peril, the increasing pace and scale of existing and emerging challenges make it easy to become discouraged. In this unprecedented time, it is important to remember that we can create transformation out of the turmoil.
To bring about this type of change, we need the efforts of people who have exceptional talent, vision and perseverance and think outside the box — people like our Azrieli Fellows. These brilliant scholars are a catalyst for change with their cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to solving the world’s most complex problems.
All of our Fellows, whatever their area of expertise, are engaged in critical research that focuses on improving the condition of humanity. And we, at the Azrieli Foundation, are here to support them at critical stages in their journeys as they rise to the challenges before us all.
I hope you enjoyed reading about how Azrieli Fellows are approaching some of humanity’s big questions in this issue of Aperio.
Naomi Azrieli, OC, D.Phil
Chair and CEO, The Azrieli Foundation