A conference to address the crises of today

The world seems awash with conflict and crisis. Russia’s continued war against Ukraine has, to a certain extent, destabilised Europe. It has damaged, displaced, and destroyed countless lives.

A lack of water security and the global refugee crisis also count among the chronic issues plaguing our planet today.

What do we do when we read about these stories above? How should we respond?

From my point of view, after the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine, it is impossible to remain silent. Immediately after the beginning of Russia’s aggression on February 28, I publicly protested against the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine.

Yet, our response to the world’s problems can be raised a level higher still. In addition to speaking about the problems, we also need to discuss the solutions.

Seven years ago I founded and began the work of the Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges (BMI) at Tel Aviv University. The BMI is an authoritative academic research centre, which brings together outstanding academics and researchers from across many disciplines and several different universities. It has six labs dedicated to several areas of research.

Yet, effectively, it has only one aim: to improve the world.

Through research and ideas, and through technology and innovation, global problems can indeed be solved, and the World can be made a far better and brighter place.

In May, the BMI will stage its seventh annual conference, in person and streamed online, broadcasting to a global audience of listeners.

Lectures and presentations from politicians, diplomats, leading experts and notable academics will delve into such pressing issues as the war and crisis in Ukraine, sanctions against Russia, water purification and environmental sustainability.

BMI Fellows from the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Conflict Resolution, and Public Policy will present their groundbreaking research on refugees and water treatment.

This Mays conference will be our response to these distressing headlines of our times. The challenges facing our world can indeed be protested, delved into, discussed and, as BMI strives to achieve, solved.

You can read more about the conference and speakers here.

All are welcome. Please join us via this link.

About the Author
Dr. Boris Mints is a businessman, philanthropist and committed supporter of cultural and social projects. He is currently the Chairman of the Council of Patrons of The Conference of European Rabbis (CER), which is the primary Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe. He is also a President and Founder of The Boris Mints Institute, which is based at The Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences in Tel Aviv University, and honorary Professor of Tel Aviv University. In 2016, Dr Boris Mints expanded his family philanthropic contribution by creation of The Mints Family Charitable Foundation. He also established the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow in 2014.