Early healthcare investment is our best chance at healthy ageing

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Ataguba, Associate Professor and Director, University of Cape Town & David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard School of Public Health & Andrew J Scott, Professor of Economics, London Business School The […]

Africa is creating its own Great Wall – and it’s green

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Andrea Willige, Senior Writer, Formative Content The Great Green Wall initiative aims to restore an 8,000km strip of savanna along the southern edge of the Sahara desert. 100 million hectares of land are to be restored, 10 million […]

A fairer world requires fairer tech. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jeremy Jurgens, Managing Director, World Economic Forum The first Global Technology Governance Summit will be held on April 6-7, 2021. Leaders have an opportunity to scale more than just technological solutions. Leaders have a responsibility to question how […]

Futurism is a means to see beyond COVID-19. Here’s how to time travel

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mike Bechtel, Managing Director and Chief Futurist, US Consulting, Deloitte & Ruth Hickin, Strategy & Impact Lead, World Economic Forum The COVID-19 crisis is shining a Klieg light on the immense challenges of planning for the future amid […]

6 ways data sharing can shape a better future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cathy Mulligan, Co-Director, Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research & Nadia Hewett, Project Lead, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum & Kimberly Bella, Project Fellow, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum LLC The […]

How technology helped Serbia save 180 million sheets of paper in less than 4 years

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Joe Myers, Writer, Formative Content Serbia’s government has made digitalization a focus. It began rolling out electronic e-government services in June 2017. Since then, it estimates it has saved around 180 million sheets of A4 paper. Digitalization and […]

How affordable clean energy solutions can tackle energy poverty

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Wells, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Wires Transition to clean energy must also tackle energy poverty around the world. Infrastructure investment needed to support this transition is beyond the reach of many countries. Low-income countries, like Colombia, are […]

Overcoming COVID-19 will require tackling inequality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winnie Byanyima, Undersecretary-General of the United Nations; Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Given the need to fund treatment and vaccines, there is pressure to scale back funding for social provisions, but leaders must boldly […]

Why democratizing skills is the key to the post-pandemic economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nahia Orduña, Manager, Solutions Architecture, Amazon Germany • The pandemic has widened the skills gap because of accelerating digitalizations. • Upskilling must happen inclusively and globally to ensure an equitable recovery. • Private organizations with a global footprint […]

Zoom chief: Digital tax policy should be a ‘set of carrots’ not sticks

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 Global tax policy on digital services has to be multilateral – and should be more carrot than stick, Josh Kallmer, Zoom’s Head of Global Public Policy and Government Relations has said. He […]

COVID-19 has been a setback for women. Gender-responsive policies can stem the losses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruma Bhargava, Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health, India, World Economic Forum, C4IR India & Dr Megha Bhargava, Deputy Commissioner Income Tax, Ministry of Finance, Government of India COVID-19 pandemic has exposed socio-economic inequalities in health, income, […]

These 5 global cities are leading the charge to a renewable future

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Senior Writer, Formative Content A billion people live in a city with renewable energy targets or policies. Cities contribute three-quarters of CO2 emissions from final energy use. New report highlights some ways cities around the world […]

These 3 start-ups are bringing cutting-edge tech to forest restoration

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content The world loses about 15 billion trees a year. The UpLink Trillion Trees Challenge called for solutions to the loss of forests, which are critical to the health of the planet. Artificial […]

COVID-19 has been a setback for women. Gender-responsive policies can stem the losses

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ruma Bhargava, Project Lead, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health, India, World Economic Forum, C4IR India & Dr Megha Bhargava, Deputy Commissioner Income Tax, Ministry of Finance, Government of India COVID-19 pandemic has exposed socio-economic inequalities in health, income, […]

Do we need a Paris Agreement for tech? Here’s what world leaders and tech chiefs say

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gayle Markovitz, Editor, World Economic Forum The potential for emerging tech to solve the world’s most pressing issues is equal to the challenge of mitigating the risks. These range from ethical issues to privacy and cybersecurity to freedom […]

What can the military teach us about keeping the lights on?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miranda A. Ballentine, CEO, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Our planet’s increasingly severe weather is causing power systems to fail across the world. We need to change the way we think about ‘grey rhinos’ – high impact, low-frequency events, […]

This simple addition to a city can dramatically improve people’s mental health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark McCord, Writer, Formative Content Street trees can help reduce the need for antidepressants among city dwellers, according to new research. Its findings back up studies that indicate time spent among foliage and in nature can help relieve […]

Panama’s fight for a delayed right: women’s economic independence

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content • Panamanian women, like women around the world, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. • Panama was one of the first countries to partner with the Equal Pay International Coalition. […]

Quantum technologies can transform innovation and mitigate climate change – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lene Oddershede, Senior Vice-President, Natural and Technical Sciences, Novo Nordisk Foundation Current energy-hungry technologies are struggling to deal with our increasing appetite and need for web-based information. Exciting innovations using quantum technology, in the exploration of vaccines and […]

4 ways leaders are driving innovation in the public sector and revolutionising governance

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Stefanie M. Falconi, WEF Fellow to Global Future Council, Co-founder of Instituto LimiteCo-Founder & Lisa Witter, Chief Executive Officer, Apolitical Foundation; Co-Founder and Member of the Board, Apolitical While emerging technologies provide tools that enhance our capacity to […]

What more than 32,000 people think about the future of work

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victoria Masterson, Senior Writer, Formative Content Almost 40% of workers think their job will be obsolete within five years, according to PwC’s Hopes and fears 2021 report. Six in 10 are concerned about machines taking over their jobs. […]

This start-up is recycling abandoned wooden homes in Baltimore

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Natalie Marchant, Writer, Formative Content Wood accounts for 10% of yearly waste material in the US. The Baltimore Wood Project salvages wood from buildings to repurpose and resell locally to create a circular economy. The initiative also has […]

Mobile creches are transforming the lives of women and children in Africa

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 Lack of childcare is one of the biggest obstacles to women’s participation in employment. Now an innovative scheme in Burkina Faso is offering mobile creches, so that mothers can work while their […]

Digital technology can help the world prosper. Here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Hiroshi Kajiyama, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Innovative technologies will be key to overcoming common human challenges. Free data flow and agile governance will be key to realizing the […]

What is blockchain and what can it do?

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 Blockchain is a distributed ledger that allows for more transparent and verifiable record keeping. Although associated mostly with money and finance, it can be used widely. There are still many barriers to […]

Realizing the potential of synthetic biology to help people and the planet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Claudia Vickers, Director, CSIRO, Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform & Megan Palmer, Adjunct Professor; Executive Director, Bio Policy and Leadership Initiatives, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University & Jennifer Molloy, Shuttleworth Research Fellow, University of Cambridge & Elissa Prichep, […]

How data is transforming the way we care for the ocean

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bjorn Tore Markussen, Chief Executive Officer, C4IR Ocean, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Ocean & Kristian Teleki, Director of the Friends of Ocean Action, World Economic Forum, and Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute Turning commitments […]

17 innovations accelerating the transition to a circular economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emanuela Orsini, Digital Content Specialist, World Economic Forum Geneva The Circulars Accelerator Cohort 2021 is supporting innovators to scale their ideas for a more circular economy. The circular economy, which aims at reducing and eliminating waste and continuing […]

How to tell reality from a deepfake?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum The number of deepfake videos online has been increasing at an estimated annual rate of about 900%. Technology advances have made it increasingly easy to produce them, which has […]

Flying cars and driverless buses – the future of urban mobility has landed

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 Electric flying cars could offer a more sustainable way of getting around cities. More and more models are being approved to fly in the US and Europe. Driverless buses are already being […]

6 ways social innovators are harnessing 4IR technologies for social change

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Pavitra Raja, Community Specialist, Social Entrepreneurs – Europe and the Americas, World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies present us with myriad of opportunities for social and human services – reaching more people, especially those who are […]

4 steps to using AI in an environmentally responsible way

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mansour AlAnsari, Saudi Aramco Fellow, AI/ML Team, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) & Tristan Mallet, Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Artificial Intelligence can sustain the environment by helping to reduce GHG emissions and optimize the use […]

How superfast internet will democratise computing and help close the digital divide

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cristiano Amon, President and CEO-Elect, Qualcomm 5G will reliably connect everyone and everything to unlimited storage and processing power of the cloud, generating extraordinary efficiencies and unlocking innovation. Superfast internet will generate trillions in economic sales and support […]