“Even the notion of a ‘private’ car will be obsolete very soon,” says Elhadj As Sy. Despite all the unanswered questions of how this shapes into reality, we also want this to turn out to be true.

So, as part of our first interview series in September 2018 concerning the work of the Sustainability Council and the Open Source Lab, Mr. As Sy further explains what he means with cars becoming obsolete and also shares his perspective on our ‘open’ approach:

“The key is to be open, which means to be more multifaceted in terms of knowledge gathering and then sharing. In terms of contributing to other ideas, co-creating, and co-shaping. I think that is where you will have the richness of the diversity and the creativity that is required to come together and then contribute to the common good. That is a great opportunity to give equal access and equal rights for people who otherwise would not have the possibility.”

Elhadj As Sy is Secretary-General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Mr. Sy is also a member of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Program.