What can the private sector do to alleviate the refugee crisis?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michel Botzung, Manager, IFC, Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations Africa Imagine arriving in a city, only to find that most (if not all) of the adults can’t work, start a business, or buy goods and services? This is true for […]

This is how trees could help solve the climate crisis

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thomas Crowther, Assistant Professor of Global Ecosystem Ecology, Institute for Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich There are 300 additional gigatonnes of carbon in the atmosphere as a result of human activity since the start of the industrial revolution. As the […]

As Alan Turing makes the £50 note, how do countries design their currencies?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Six years after his posthumous royal pardon for being convicted of homosexual activity in the early 1950s, World War Two code breaker Alan Turing is due to appear on England’s £50 banknote. The decision by […]

Here are 10 of Nelson Mandela’s most inspirational quotes

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content Nelson Mandela would have been 101 today. South Africa’s first black president, anti-Apartheid hero and Nobel laureate – known affectionately as Madiba and Tata – was born on 18 July and died in 2013, […]

How fixing broken food systems can help us meet all the SDGs

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI Global leaders have set themselves a series of ambitious goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ending hunger by 2030 (SDG 2) or reducing premature mortality from […]

How can the EU hit net-zero emissions?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI The recent failure of EU leaders to commit to a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 exposes remaining political divisions. The bloc’s major economies are pledging to […]

Is blockchain overhyped? 5 challenges to getting projects off the ground

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sheila Warren, Project Head, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum & Sumedha Deshmukh, Project Specialist, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of excitement around […]

Fashion’s hot new trend: clothes you don’t need to wash (very often)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Stella McCartney doesn’t wash her suits. In fact, the UK fashion designer tries to avoid washing her clothes altogether, preferring the idea of brushing off dirt to throwing them in the machine after each wear. […]

An open letter to Europe’s leaders

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic & Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Professor of Economics, University of Mainz 2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic […]

‘Good enough’ global cooperation is key to our survival

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group The future feels more threatening and ominous than ever. The sense of doom and gloom is deepening, not least in the West. The daily news headlines do not help. We […]

10 expert predictions for the next decade in Chinese AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nina Xiang, Co-founder, China Money Network. Over the past several years, we have witnessed the blossoming of China’s artificial intelligence industry. Thanks to generous government policy support, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs and venture investors, China commandeered a position that […]

Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content An environmental vicious circle is taking hold in Russia and other parts of the Arctic as permafrost – the frozen ground beneath a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere and almost 20% of Earth’s landmass […]

How Islamic finance can build resilience to climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maram Ahmed, Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London In arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), extreme weather manifestations such as droughts caused by prolonged dry spells, among other climate stressors, put ASALs at risk and intensify […]

AI-driven companies need to be more diverse. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nahia Orduña, Senior Manager in Analytics and Digital Integration, Vodafone As a Spanish woman, I used to meet my friends for dinner at 10pm. I thought that was the perfect time to make the most out of a […]

Weather reports could soon be telling us about the role of climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content “It will be largely cloudy in the north-west today, with a medium risk of extreme flooding because of climate change…” Is this the weather forecast of the future? Forecasters may soon be adding information about […]

Can cybersecurity offer value for money?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI Cybersecurity looks like a waste of money. Companies set new global records with $37 billion invested in security in 2018, with spending expected to surpass $42 billion by 2020. Gartner research found […]

Should we be worried about third-hand smoke?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elaine ThelenWriter, Formative Content The dangers of smoking are well known – heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. And they impact both on smokers, through directly inhaling nicotine and other chemicals, and non-smokers, who are exposed to exhaled ‘secondhand’ […]

Would you want to live to 150? Top quotes on what it means to grow old

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jamie Fullerton, Official Writer at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2019 Last year, the World Health Organization defined ageing as a condition that could be treated. Scientific research suggests that a future in which humans live […]

Impact investment favours expats over African entrepreneurs. Here’s how to fix that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Christie Peacock, Founder and Executive Chairman, Sidai Africa Ltd & Fiona Mungai, Managing Director, Endeavor, Kenya Rows of white faces stare out from the social media meme showing tech start-up executives circulating among young Kenyans, who are angry that foreign entrepreneurs […]

Your next pair of sneakers could be made from coffee

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Coffee is a big deal. While just a handful of countries dominate production, it’s consumed in vast amounts almost everywhere on the planet: around 2 billion cups are drunk every day. All that […]

These clothes were designed by artificial intelligence

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content Getting an algorithm to create a cutting-edge fashion collection may seem like a big ask. But two design students have done just that by starting the world’s first AI-designed fashion brand. Glitch is […]

5 ways to bridge the global health worker shortage

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shobana Kamineni, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Chairperson, Apollo Munich Health Insurance A shortage of health workers is pervasive across most countries – and the most worrying aspect is that this gap is increasing. Aggravating the […]

‘Business as usual’ will not achieve global education goals

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics & Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring report, UNESCO The generation that should finish secondary school by 2030 is now entering classrooms. But based on current trends, one in six children will […]

Getting African Women into the Boardroom

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marcia Ashong, Founder and Executive Director, TheBoardroom Africa & Akinyi Ochieng, Esther Ocloo Fellow, Botho Emerging Markets Group By 2050, one-quarter of the world’s population will be African, which means that one in eight people will be an African […]

Brexit must not put UK university research at risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michael Arthur, President and provost, University College London UK universities are at the forefront of some of the greatest discoveries and innovations shaping our world today. They are home to extraordinary academics from around the world who are carrying […]

Our tourism system is broken – time to customize

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Govers, Author Are we unwillingly killing the geese that lay the golden eggs? The communities that tourists want to visit are increasingly under pressure from tourism. Essentially, no one person is liable. Human beings want to travel; […]

Get out, stay out: how financial resilience helps end poverty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Leora Klapper, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank Hundreds of millions of people around the world live in extreme poverty. Global development work mostly focuses on helping those poor people become prosperous. Policy-makers generally support financial inclusion because it […]

Why do US presidential elections last so long? And 4 other things you need to know

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content On Tuesday 3 November, 2020, the US will choose whether to give Donald Trump a second term as the world’s most powerful leader – or vote for a change at the top. It […]

Can self-charging batteries keep us connected for ever? A young scientist explains

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mahyar Shirvanimoghaddam, Academic Fellow, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney What is the big problem you’re trying to solve? With the rise of 5G and Internet of things (IoT) technologies, we will soon be surrounded […]

How China’s sponge cities are preparing for sea-level rise

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group All coastal cities are facing sea-level rise, but some will be hit harder than others. Asian cities are in for a particularly rough ride. Part of the reason for that is […]

How Sierra Leone is using 3D printing to become a model state

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Moinina Sengeh, Adviser to the President of Sierra Leone; Chief Innovation Officer, Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Sierra Leone & Venkataraman Sundareswaran, Fellow, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum The advent of 3D printing, like other […]

These tech start-ups are changing what it means to farm

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content Feeding a rapidly expanding population without depleting the Earth’s finite resources, is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. These four entrepreneurs – who have all been selected as the World […]

This Chinese megacity is building a giant waste-to-energy plant

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content The architects of what is set to be the world’s largest waste-to-energy plantdescribe their creation as simple, clean and iconic. It’s a mammoth structure which sits on the outskirts of the city of […]