Saudi’s Misk Forum highlights need to narrow generation gap to transform societies

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Attendees at the Misk Global Forum Wednesday underscored the need to narrow the generational gap to create a positive and transformative outcome to societies and communities.

The forum that kicked off in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh is being held under the slogan ‘Generation Transformation,’ and has gathered over 100 speakers.

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It aims to inspire intergenerational dialogue, which for CEO of Misk Foundation Dr. Badr al-Badr is the first step in bridging this gap.

Dialogue can lead to an impact within communities, Al-Badr said, drawing from the experience of putting the Vision 2030 to life, which he said required from everyone to come together.

“For us to achieve this vision and to transform the whole society and the whole country, all of us need to come together. Yet, let us not be naive…we have different backgrounds, different thoughts…different ages and different generations,” al-Badr said. “[Thus], ‘how can we work together?’ We start by communicating, by talking [and] by having a dialogue.”

This year’s global forum also comes as an occasion to celebrate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s foundation, Misk, on its 10-year-anniversary. Over the past decade, the foundation has provided support in up-skilling Saudi youth in an effort to empower them and further their potential.

The two-day event, which Misk Foundation said was its largest version yet, is taking place at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center (KAICC).

Participants at the forum include young achievers such as British-Belgian Zara Rutherford, who flew solo around the world, Tech Talent Enterprise Founder Femi Owolade-Coombes, best-selling author John Sanei, and award-winning storyteller and podcaster Jay Shetty.

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