The world has made spectacular progress in every measure of well-being. So why does almost no one know about it?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University This excerpt is from Steven Pinker’s new book “Enlightenment Now”. The book was chosen as May’s book for the World Economic Forum Book Club. Each month, a new book […]

Cape Town’s crisis shows us the real cost of water

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kalin Anev Janse, Secretary General, European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Sometime this summer, residents of Cape Town, South Africa, are expecting ‘Day Zero’ – the day when almost all the taps in the city will run dry. On that […]

The global liberal order is in trouble – can it be salvaged, or will it be replaced?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Robert Muggah, Research Director, Igarapé Institute The global liberal order is coming unstuck. After a 70-year run, the future of liberal democracy, open markets and common security agreements hang in the balance. There are red flags just about […]

Blockchain is facing a backlash. Can it survive?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jem Bendell, Founding Director, The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability Not so long ago, the internet was hailed as the solution to humanity’s ills. It would shine a light on all corners of the globe, bringing new knowledge […]

Robot inventors are on the rise. But are they welcomed by the patent system?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum LLC & Yoon Chae, Prior Fellow, World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; Intellectual Property Associate, Baker McKenzie. Artificial Intelligence is now capable of performing tasks that […]

Why CEOs need to become activists in sustainability

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Clarissa Watson, Head of Marketing, Alto Data Analytics As the world becomes increasingly politically polarized and some governments abandon sustainable initiatives, like US President Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, consumers are […]

Have central banks missed the exit train?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alberto Gallo, Portfolio Manager and Head of Macro Strategies, Algebris Investments After a decade of stimulus, central bankers have pledged to end loose monetary policy. Their attempts are failing. The Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates, pushing […]

These companies can recycle nearly anything, from cigarette butts to fax machines

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Beech, World Economic Forum writer Human beings are filling the world with waste. Every year, we dump 2.1 billion tons of rubbish into the ecosystem. Eight million tons of that slips quietly into our oceans. Despite the […]

How Europe beat the financial crisis – and the risks it still faces

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kalin Anev Janse, Secretary General, European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Ten years after the financial crisis, what is the most important news for me, coming from the other side of the channel? It is that Europe is booming – […]

How secure is blockchain?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lotte Schou-Zibell, Chief, Finance Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank & Nigel Phair, Director, Centre for Internet Safety , University of Canberra. Blockchain technology is transforming the way we do business by allowing […]

Technology is delivering better access to financial services. Here’s how

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Philippe Le Houérou, Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC) & Dan Schulman, President and Chief Executive Officer, PayPal. Digital technology is spurring financial inclusion around the world, enabling millions more people and businesses to join the global […]

The decline of our oceans is accelerating, but it’s not too late to stop it

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations The ocean has shaped my life, from my beginnings in the outer islands of Fiji to my appointment last year as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for […]

We have to learn to trust Artificial Intelligence. Here’s how

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist of Australia Humans and AI can learn to get along, says Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel. But it will take trust – and a Turing Certificate. Every day, I put my life in […]

How biotechnology is evolving in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Victor de Lorenzo, Head, Molecular Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). When modern biotechnology emerged in the late 1970s, it was first applied in the health sector, with the onset of recombinant DNA. One decade […]

Half the world’s population is still offline. Here’s why that matters

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Eric White,  Project Lead, Internet for All, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum & Oren Pinsky, Project Coordinator, Internet for All, Latin America, World Economic Forum Geneva Last month scientists at Tufts University announced that they had created […]

The great challenge of the 21st century is learning to consume less. This is how we can do it

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jason Hickel, Anthropologist, London School of Economics Ecological collapse is hard to miss in the headlines. From deforestation to soil depletion, species extinction to climate change, the past few years have brought countless troubling reports. We are living […]

Technological innovation can bolster trust and security at international borders. Here’s how

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Moavenzadeh, Head of Mobility Industries and System Initiative, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum LLC I landed at the Buenos Aires airport recently after 14 hours of travel. After making my way through the airport, […]

This is what you need to know about the Iran nuclear deal

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Jezard, Formative Content What just happened? President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a deal brokered in 2015 to curb Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons. After announcing the US withdrawal on May 8, Trump, […]

Artificial Intelligence has a gender problem. Here’s what to do about it

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Madhulika Srikumar, Junior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation. Three of the fastest-growing applications of artificial intelligence (AI) today are a manifestation of patriarchal stereotypes – the booming sexbots industry, the proliferation […]

Sweden has a plan to end all traffic accident deaths

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adam Jezard, Formative Content In 2015, over a million people lost their lives in road-related incidents around the world, according to a report by the World Health Organization. Road accidents remain the leading cause of death among young […]

We need a new Operating System for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Murat Sönmez, Head of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Society’s operating system needs an upgrade. The model we have been using is simply not up to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. […]

Nature is our strongest ally in ensuring global water security

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer and Global Managing Director for Water, The Nature Conservancy. Cape Town has many identities, including tourist mecca, economic hub and biodiversity hotspot. But its newest identity as poster child for the global water […]

What does the future of energy look like, how do we get there, and who will benefit?

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Katherine Hamilton, Director, Project for Clean Energy and Innovation Even with most of the world agreeing on the goals set forward in Paris, it is less clear what staying below 2°C looks like. On a very basic level, […]

How the gig economy can transform farms in the developing world

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sohail Hasnie, Principal Energy Specialist, Central and West Asia Department, ADB and Sungsup Ra, Director, Human and Social Development Division, South Asia Regional Department, ADB. Think of a modern farm. You might imagine neat rows of crops, shiny […]

How civil society must adapt to survive its greatest challenges

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvia Magnoni, Head of Civil Society Communities , World Economic Forum We live in a world of major geopolitical shifts and life-changing technological innovations. It’s fair to wonder, then, what our biggest hopes are for society in the […]

Time is running out to protect Africa’s forests

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Abraham Baffoe, Africa Regional Director, ProForest Africa’s tropical forests teem with biodiversity, support at least 100 million people and play a vital role in combating climate change. But they are under threat from agricultural commodity production. Urgent cooperation […]

Why embracing human rights will ensure Artificial Intelligence works for all

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Director, Global Issues, Amnesty International Dilbert: Wow! According to my computer simulation, it should be possible to create new life forms from common household chemicals Dogbert: This raises some thorny issues. Dilbert: You mean legal, ethical and […]

What cryptocurrencies will do to the integrity of politics

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Catalina Uribe Burcher, Senior Programme Officer, International IDEA Cryptocurrencies are one step closer to becoming a regular trading commodity. Recently, Coinbase (one of the largest platforms to trade digital currencies) launched the ‘Dow’ of cryptocurrencies, an index fund […]

How the United States can win back its manufacturing mojo

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sadasivan Shankar, Associate, Harvard, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Not all inventions end up being useful to humanity. Ideas need to be translated into reality before the world recognizes and benefits from innovation. The US, historically, […]

The challenges of Chinese investment in Latin America

This article is brought to you based on the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Lourdes Casanova, Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Emerging Markets Institute, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University. As São Paulo hosts the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2018, it is time to consider China’s important influence on economies and […]