How the ‘California effect’ could shape a global approach to ethical AI

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab, University of California, Berkeley & Jessica Cussins Newman, Research fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley Amid growing concern over the threat of AI-enabled systems to perpetuate discrimination and bias and infringe upon […]

This Hungarian man quit his job to clean up his favourite river

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content Bence Pardy used to clear tables for a living. Now he picks up plastic waste from his local river. Pardy quit his job as a waiter in Budapest to wage a battle against the trash […]

It’s time we harnessed Big Data for good

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bob Grove, Chief Operating Officer, Edelman APAC & Anjuli Bedi, Associate Director, Analytics and Psychometrics, Edelman Predictive Intelligence Centre Technology and data have transformed the way we live, work and play. So far, the outcomes have been mixed. While […]

What paleoecology can teach us about fires in the Amazon

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Amazon rainforest has been ravaged by fire in 2019 – much of it believed to be fuelled by deforestation.   You might think setting fires to clear forests for agricultural land is […]

5 creative alternatives to plastic packaging

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content Around 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into our oceans every year, causing untold damage to marine life, biodiversity and human health. Most plastics do not biodegrade. And yet, because the material is […]

Is this really it for the gig economy? Read on

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Not so long ago, our fates as future TaskRabbit handymen and Uber drivers seemed to be sealed. We were being told that freelance work in the “gig economy” would reshape careers, and even entire workforces in a way that […]

How private equity can fund the fight against climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jennifer Wong, Research Analyst, Private Investments – Impact, Glenmede Trust Company Technological advances in wind and solar now make renewable energy cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy generation. However, despite decreasing costs, renewables have not reached grid parity in […]

These countries spend the most on education

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 Luxembourg leads the way on education spending on a per-student basis, followed by the US and Sweden, according to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Stripping out […]

How to harness data to tackle rare diseases

Every year, millions of patients and families experience the emotional and financial burden of the seemingly unending “diagnostic odyssey” of a rare disease. In high-resource healthcare settings, an increasing percentage of these families will receive an accurate diagnosis thanks to genomic sequencing, but for many it will still be years of confusion, frustration and, at […]

Altruism can be good for business, as these companies show

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isaac Getz, Author and professor, ESCP Europe Business School & Laurent Marbacher, Author and consultant Despite all the benefits that capitalism has brought to society, we have reached the moment when its downsides – social and environmental – have begun […]

Switzerland has the most highly skilled workers in the world. This is why

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 For a country that fits into the state of California 10 times, Switzerland punches above its weight when it comes to global competitiveness. In the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Competitiveness Report, it […]

The 5 lessons from New York Climate Week to help us combat deforestation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Justin Adams, Director, Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, World Economic Forum Post-New York Climate Week and the Sustainable Development Impact Summit running alongside the UN General Assembly, it’s an opportune moment to reflect on the climate crisis and deforestation’s role […]

We need to talk about mental health at work, say employees

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Half of Millennials and 75% of Generation Z workers have left a job voluntarily for mental health reasons, compared to 20% of older generations. That’s according to a recent study from Mind Share […]

Wages are flatlining around the world – is automation to blame?

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 Fast-paced technological developments like automation are becoming an everyday reality, transforming the workplace. And a new report from recruitment firm Hays highlights how automation is not just putting jobs at risk, but also […]

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. The global population is on pace to expand by about 2 billion in the next 30 years, and a lot more of us are now eating far wider variety of things than our parents or grandparents ever did. For […]

These are the United States’ most exported products

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content Silicon Valley may be the tech capital of the world but physical goods still account for around two-thirds of US exports, new figures show. Machinery and electrical equipment brought in $363 billion – […]

One in three children do not get the nutrition they need

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victor M Aguayo, Associate director and global chief of nutrition, programme division, UNICEF When you read the words child malnutrition, you will most likely see a child with a hollow face and a swollen stomach in one of the […]

This is Amsterdam’s ambitious plan to turn its transport electric

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Formative Content Amsterdam has nearly 900,000 bicycles and almost 60% of its teenagers and adults cycle daily. But as green as it is, the Dutch capital still has some way to go. Nine of its main streets […]

These countries have the most doctoral graduates

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content Do you hold a doctorate? If the answer is yes, you’re among a small but increasing proportion of adults to have earned the highest degree awarded in academia. Just 1.1% of 25- to […]

Climate change is threatening Switzerland’s stunning scenery

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 A massive glacier near Mont Blanc is on the verge of collapse, leaving local people in danger from vast chunks of falling ice. The Planpincieux glacier sits in Europe’s western Alps, straddling the […]

How India’s government can build better contracts with blockchain

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Punit Shukla, Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum, C4IR India According to Milton Friedman, the 1976 Nobel Laureate for economics, the three primary functions of a government are law and order, defence, and contract enforcement. […]

‘Eden bonds’: how rewilding could save the climate and your pension

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henry Boucher, Partner and Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Sarasin & Partners Just under a quarter of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions come from our use of the land for things such as farming and forestry. Policymakers have a historic […]

The world is facing more disasters. This is how data can help us reduce that risk

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alexandra Bilak, Director, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Risk is an everyday feature of our lives. How we react to it, who pays and who benefits, reveals much about our societies and their values. The risk of disaster can never […]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. He’s Africa’s youngest leader who ended a conflict that had seemed intractable for decades. And on Friday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Abiy, now 43, took office in April 2018 after the resignation […]

What India’s route to universal health coverage can teach the world

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 The goal of universal health coverage (UHC) as stated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the most significant commitments to equitable […]

These are India’s cleanest cities

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 Indore is officially India’s cleanest city, topping a national survey for the third consecutive year. It’s a remarkable achievement – just a few years ago, it ranked a lowly 25th. The Swachh Survekshan […]

This is why retail is such a sore point in India-US trade relations

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content The relationship between India and the United States has been described as one of the most important of the 21st century. India is predicted to be the world’s second-largest economy by 2030, with […]

World Mental Health Day is a chance to listen to those with the condition – the biggest experts of all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katherine L. Switz, Founder and Executive Director, The Stability Network & Peter Varnum, Project Lead, Global Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum In 2019, mental health is increasingly taking centre stage as governments, foundations, companies and entertainers step up […]

Burnout is a pandemic. Why don’t we talk more about it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gill Cassar, Programme Lead, Environment and Sustainability, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum and Dominik Breitinger, Project Lead, Climate Governance and Finance, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum Stress – from the Latin “stringere”, to squeeze tight, touch or injure […]

These are the world’s 10 most competitive economies in 2019

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Thierry Geiger, Head, Benchmarking Practice, World Economic Forum & Roberto Crotti, Economist, World Economic Forum Since 1979, the World Economic Forum has been taking the temperature of long-term economic growth and productivity in its Global Competitiveness Report. The 2019 […]

5 trends in the global economy – and their implications for economic policymakers

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum & Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director; Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum The Global Competitiveness Report 2019 is a much-needed economic compass, building on […]

Water inequality used to be a developing world problem only. Not any more

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Will Sarni, Founder and CEO, Water Foundry It is far too easy to view scarcity and poor quality of water as issues solely affecting emerging economies. While the images of women and children fetching water in Africa and a […]

In this ‘wildland’ farm in Britain, species thrive and yields are high

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 Just 25 km from the constant buzz of planes taking off at London’s second busiest airport, Gatwick, there’s a very different cacophony of sound. “When you go out at dawn, you can feel […]