Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO)

The world in our hands

Hear from Dean Peter Tufano

About GOTO

An action-oriented problem-solving community geared towards addressing some of the most complex issues that the world faces today.

Students, alumni and faculty can connect via skills sessions and tutorials to discuss, debate, and drive new business ideas that address global issues. The community addresses problems across generations, across nations and across business sectors. This provides our students with the skills to solve complex challenges and to help them become innovative leaders.

Designed to stimulate thinking, GOTO convenes and inspires a wide range of people with a variety of viewpoints to come together to identify business opportunities and generate solutions to challenges arising from high impact global trends.

An issue of high global impact is identified by experts and considered each year. 

GOTO gives you two critical things: 

  1. Access to Oxford’s most famous pedagogic institution: the tutorial. Oxford tutorials have sharpened students’ thinking, analysis, critique of evidence and powers of persuasion for centuries. 
  2. It allows a critical analysis of the global opportunities and threats that will be, or already are, part of the business landscape for the coming few years.

The project introduces the critical skills of linking large-scale, system-level trends to your own career and to the opportunities available in your chosen sector and region. It cultivates a broad perspective and deep insights and links the most pressing threats faced by the world with the corresponding opportunities for innovative organisations and individuals. As future leaders, you will be required to negotiate those links; we are uniquely able to provide this breadth and depth.

This year's theme

Al Gore

Climate action

'This is the defining challenge of not just our generation but I think this century', Peter Drobac, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and co-academic lead for the GOTO programme.

This year, students worked in small groups in one of four tracks under the broader theme of Climate Action; Cities, Rethinking Growth, Energy Systems, or Food & Agriculture Systems.

The programme culminated in the GOTO Summit, held on 1 May 2020, featuring a keynote address from Former US Vice President Al Gore. Here, finalist teams presented their solutions and competed to win the prestigious GOTO trophy. 

Follow two MBA groups in action via our mini-series, and re-live the action of the 2020 GOTO Climate Action Summit (and find out who won!) via the button below.

Last year's theme

Aoife and Peter

The future of energy

2019 saw MBA and EMBA candidates tackle the future of energy. 

‘Energy is interconnected with so many of the grand challenges we face as a society,’ replied Departmental Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise Aoife Brophy Haney, co-convenor of the programme this year alongside Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Peter Drobac. ‘Regardless of the industry they go into, the students will be impacted by it.’

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