These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John McKenna, Formative Content Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it […]

France is bringing back national service

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content During his election campaign, the French President Emmanuel Macron promised to reintroduce national service – and he has just taken a major step to deliver on that vow. The President has outlined a two-part […]

It’s time for the world to stand up behind South Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elsie S. Kanza, Head of Regional Agenda – Africa, Member of the Executive Committe, World Economic Forum Geneva At the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, leaders from the world of business, government and academia were […]

Why the World Cup is a bit like international trade

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alberto Posso, Associate Professor (Economics), International Development and Trade Research Group The FIFA World Cup is currently being held in Russia. The occurrence of an international event of this nature at a time when there is a backlash […]

Hot air behind your cold fridge? Why the future of cooling must be sustainable

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jürgen Fischer, President, Danfoss Cooling Picture this: you live in a hot and humid climate, and you get access to energy. What’s the first thing you buy to stay cool? An air conditioner (AC). As incomes and standards […]

How storytelling can be a force for social change

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Garth Japhet, CEO, Heartlines & Warren Feek, CEO, Communication Initiative Did Harriet Beecher Stowe imagine in 1852 when she wrote her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin that her story would be a spark that contributed to the abolition of […]

How to rebuild trust and integrity in South Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Martin Kingston, Vice President , Business Unity South Africa As South Africa emerges from one of its darkest chapters, how can we take steps to dismantle corrupt systems and ensure fair and equal standards for all? How can […]

It’s not kids’ screen time you should worry about – it’s yours

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content Much has been written about the dangers of screen time for children. It’s well known that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs limited their offspring’s use of technology, well placed as they were to see […]

Women in video games: ‘Accept it, or don’t buy the game’

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Formative Content Battlefield V hasn’t been released yet, but the trailer for the hotly anticipated World War II first-person shooter game stirred up anger recently among a minority of fans, who vented online using the hashtag […]

African cities will double in population by 2050. Here are 4 ways to make sure they thrive

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group & Katie Hill, Advisor, Omidyar Network Africans are moving to the city. Already home to the world’s youngest and fastest-growing population, the continent is urbanizing more rapidly than any other […]

Trade barriers: EU removes record number in response to surge in protectionism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The annual report on Trade and Investment Barriers, released today, shows that the European Commission has eliminated the highest number ever of trade barriers faced by EU companies doing business abroad. European exporters reported a major increase in protectionism in 2017. Commenting on the […]

IQ scores have been falling for decades, new study finds

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content It’s official, we are getting dumber. IQ levels are falling, and have been for decades, according to a new study. The paper, co-authored by Bernt Bratsberg and Ole Rogeberg of the Ragnar Frisch Centre […]

Big data is coming to agriculture. Farmers must set its course

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Achim Walter, Professor of Crop Science , ETH Zurich The industrialization of agriculture began some 100 years ago. We are now witnessing its digitalization. But a wave of big data may sweep farmers off their land, unless they […]

Drone regulation is necessary to democratize the sky for humanity

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harrison Wolf, Project Lead, Civil Drones for Tomorrow’s Commerce, World Economic Forum LLC The future of the skies is being defined this week in Zurich, Switzerland, as the most progressive government and industry leaders dedicate themselves to advancing […]

Move over G7. The future belongs to a more inclusive G20

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, Founder and Principal, Botho Emerging Markets Group & Akinyi Ochieng, Esther Ocloo Fellow, Botho Emerging Markets Group June’s G7 meeting in Canada was not exactly a harmonious meeting of minds. While this year’s event was […]

Here are three ways blockchain can change refugees’ lives

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ahmad Sufian Bayram, Middle East and Africa Regional Manager, Techstars Blockchain has the potential to disrupt a large number of industries and change the lives of many. Its technology could help millions of refugees, by solving some of […]

5 amazing people fighting to save the oceans

  Author: Emma Charlton, Writer The ocean supplies more than half of the oxygen we breathe, at least one-ninth of global livelihoods and a carbon absorption system that has thus far regulated climate change. While only 5% of the ocean has been explored, evidence suggests its entire ecosystem is seriously under threat. The number of fish […]

Chart of the day: This is what violence does to a nation’s GDP

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John McKenna, Formative Content War and violence doesn’t just cost lives. It has an economic impact too. According to the latest edition of the Global Peace Index, the economic impact of violence on the global economy in 2017 […]

5 charts that explain big challenges facing Italy’s new government

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Earlier this month, Giuseppe Conte – a law professor with little political experience – was sworn in as Italy’s prime minister. During the hard-fought election and political turmoil that preceded his appointment, the economy became […]

Cyber attacks are shutting down countries, cities and companies. Here’s how to stop them

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Noam Erez, Co-Founder and CEO, XM Ltd. What if a cyber attack took over a government’s IT network, bringing an entire nation to its feet? Does this seem like a far-flung scenario? It isn’t. In April 2018, the […]

Rural Bangladesh has already embraced renewable energy. Here’s what the rest of the world can learn

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shirley Chen, Founder and CEO, Narrativ A transition technology bridges the gap between the old and the new. Once legacy technologies and incumbent business models stop producing the desired results, a transition mode starts. However, energy technology is […]

The future of science could be in your gut. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jessica Richman, Chief Executive Officer, uBiome The human microbiome has been the topic of thousands of research studies in the past two decades. Rapid developments in laboratory techniques and bioinformatics have brought down the cost of DNA sequencing […]

The end of the 404? Why we need to repair the internet’s crumbling infrastructure

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Shirley Chen, Founder and CEO, Narrativ The internet is nearly 30, and it’s starting to show signs of age. Links, the foundation of the internet, are in crisis. The pages plagued by dead links are not obscure Wikipedia […]

From diamonds to recycling: how blockchain can drive responsible and ethical businesses

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Candice Teo, Head of PR & Communications, Everledger As business ecosystems become more complex and global, the intricacies of supply chains are increasing, with a rapidly changing network of regulators, suppliers and customers. Trust amongst these stakeholders has […]

Who will win the AI race? If countries work together, then the answer could be all of us

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Dinglong Huang, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Malong Technologies & Matt Scott, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Malong Technologies “Who do you think will win?” As an artificial intelligence company with co-founders from China and the United States, […]

How to have a good Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Michele Wucker, Chief Executive Officer, Gray Rhino & Company To encourage people to examine the impact of technology on our lives, the artist Lauren McCarthy decided to try to become a human version of amazon.com’s smart home intelligence […]

Three scenarios for the future of geopolitics

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Law, Senior Fellow, Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces To understand events in the international arena, it helps to distinguish whether our current period is essentially stable or in significant flux. In an article written […]

This is how AI can help you make sense of the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean GourleyFounder and CEO, Primer Our world seems to be increasingly volatile. Geopolitical events occur that we can’t believe, global protest movements seemingly emerge from nothing, and new technology comes online every week that seeks to upend the […]

This is why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John McKenna, Formative Content Exam pressures, the quest for more independence, strained relationships with parents and a body full of raging hormones all add to teenage angst. Of course not all teenagers have the same experience of these […]

This robot has soft hands. It could be the future of sustainable production

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Carl Vause, CEO, Soft Robotics In 2011, Professor George Whitesides of Harvard University helped rewrite the rules of what a machine could be. He developed biologically inspired ‘soft robots’, in collaboration with Harvard and the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced […]

1.1 billion people still lack electricity. This could be the solution

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hannah Daly, Energy Modeller, International Energy Agency Achieving universal access to electricity is essential for solving many global development challenges. Decentralized renewable energy technologies have emerged as a viable solution. Small, clean energy utilities called mini-grids are a […]

4 things President Trump could learn from Jimmy Carter

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stuart E. Eizenstat As President Donald Trump completes a turbulent period, in which he ruffled the feathers of America’s G7 allies and attended a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, it is worth comparing his approach […]