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A gathering of kindred spirits for the future of the region.

Background

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Latin America faces numerous problems that inhibit its prosperity and sustainable development. Poverty and inequalities, political challenges and risks, democratic rollbacks and citizenship deficits, corruption and poor public services, drug trafficking and associated violence, and ecological mismanagement are endemic throughout the region. These and other problems hold back the people, injure their quality of life, and damage their families, communities, and environments. Yet, Latin America also is a region rich in social, cultural, natural, and other resources. Its inherent potential has yet to be tapped, and the region is ripe for change.

Change is at the heart of the Blue Zone Investment and Sustainability Summit (BLISS). Specifically, BLISS will bring together world-class business leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, academics, and civic activists who seek to be changemakers in a changing world. With speakers, networking opportunities, and activities designed to connect kindred spirits to each other, to Nosara, Costa Rica, and to the greater Latin American region, BLISS will provide a platform where visions of change find expertise and experience and where innovation finds investment.

It will create a network of changemakers who use creativity, scholarship, and philanthropy to develop innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems and to enact projects that positively shape the future of the region. It will focus on the future of the people and the planet, with special attention to sustainability, civic engagement, and education in Latin America.

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Location

Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica 

Although only 137 square kilometers, Nosara (a blue zone district in the Nicoya canton in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica) perfectly reflects the most pressing challenges in Latin America. It is internationally recognized for its remarkable efforts to conserve its exuberant flora and fauna, including several endangered and threatened species. It is home to thousands of people from diverse socioeconomic, international, and cultural backgrounds. However, unequal development and unequal opportunity have created significant wealth disparities and generated conflict in the community. The district also struggles with a lack of good governance, poor infrastructure, and inequality in access to services, which is exacerbated by its vulnerability to climate change. Despite these challenges, Nosareños – like the people of Latin America – recognize the need for change. They understand that the future requires sustainability and prosperity for all. 

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Hosts

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Demo Lab is a think tank and laboratory studying the strengthening of democratic governance. It is built on experiments designed to fight against the two greatest enemies of a healthy and dynamic democracy: apathy and conformity. Through its work, Demo Lab shows the essential role of an active, participatory citizenry that both engages in the mechanisms of their own governance as well as keeps watch over the institutions designed to support a healthy, prosperous and equitable society.

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K Squared Capital is a financial advisory and asset management firm focused on delivering transparency and alignment of interests. It manages traditional investment portfolios and an options-based hedge fund and is in the process of developing products in the impact investing space.

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Charlene Hanania

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Speakers

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Alexandra Shülke

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Panelists

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Daniel Uribe

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Musical Acts

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Agenda

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will be filled with networking opportunities and activities designed to connect kindred spirits to each other, to the Nosara blue zone, and to the greater Latin American region. 

Sponsors

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Collaborators

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