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 […]

This company recycles gold from electronic waste

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 Your old laptop could be reborn as a piece of jewellery or a new device. New Zealand startup Mint Innovation uses microbes and low cost chemicals to recover precious metals from e-waste. […]

Closing the global gender gap – whose job is it anyway?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Zara Nanu, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gapsquare This year’s World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap says jobs in increasing demand (data science, AI, cyber, internet of things) are strongly male dominated and have higher annual salaries. Within […]

These are the top 10 countries for women’s rights and opportunities

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 Iceland is the world’s best country for gender equality, a World Economic Forum index shows. Finland, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, Namibia, Rwanda, Lithuania, Ireland and Switzerland follow behind in the top 10. […]

7 of the most surprising facts about global gender gaps

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 The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2021 finds COVID-19 has slowed progress towards gender parity. Political Empowerment is the area with the widest gender gap. More women than men have lost […]

What is the Internet of Things?

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 From fitness trackers to smart heating systems, the Internet of Things (IoT) describes the growing network of internet-enabled devices. It’s also enabling smart cities and, in future, driverless cars. Along with other emerging […]

How platform know-how can drive social inclusion and empower billions

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sanjay Purohit, Chief Curator, Societal Platforms, EkStep Foundation & François Bonnici, Director Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Head Social Innovation, World Economic Forum E-commerce giants have revolutionised the way we buy goods and services by allowing third parties […]

Three experts on why eradicating plastic pollution will help achieve gender equality

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristin Hughes, Director, Global Plastic Action Partnership, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva Women fight on the frontlines against plastic pollution. The transition to a circular economy for plastics – and the shift to a […]

3 ways to make technologies more inclusive for people with disabilities

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ching-Shiuan Jiang, Community Specialist , International Organisations and Humanitarian Agenda AI can help describe surroundings for people who are visually impaired. From colour contrast, to screen reader facilities, inclusive user interfaces are key to mobile-enabled services. The market […]

Smart toys: Your child’s best friend or a creepy surveillance tool?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Seth Bergeson, Project Fellow, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum & Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum The market for smart toys is rapidly […]

Digital democracy: a Swiss view on digital trust

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cristian Duda, Project Lead, Digital Identity, World Economic Forum & Markus Naef, CEO, SwissSign Group AG Economies are increasingly becoming digital-first as individuals interact with services and products online. In March 2021, voters in Switzerland rejected a proposed […]

4 ‘big bets’ to close the post-pandemic gender gap

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 COVID-19 has caused the gender gap to widen dramatically. But if countries take four ‘big bets’ there is a way to start closing the gap again. We need all nations to take […]

Innovative investment could help solve the world’s water crisis – here’s how

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Henk H.W.J. Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Netherlands Government & Katherine Lampen, Sustainability and Climate Change Leader, Deloitte Greater public-private collaboration is needed to improve access to clean water and mitigate climate change risks. Investment, such […]

This is how the EU is using cloud to manage its data without losing control of it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gilles Thiebaut, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Northern Western Europe, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Connected devices and sensors in infrastructure, vehicles, and manufacturing plants are all generating data. A decentralized cloud system could unlock the value of this data. […]

What is the biggest benefit technology will have on ageing and longevity?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sofiat Akinola, Project Lead, World Economic Forum The global population is ageing. Life expectancy has increased to 70 years or more in many countries. In 2020, for the first time in history, individuals aged 60 or older outnumbered […]

Why artificial intelligence is key to renewable energy grid resilience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Executive Vice-President, Chief Innovation Officer, Schneider Electric The global transition to renewable energy will need artificial intelligence (AI) technology to manage decentralized grids. AI can balance electricity supply and demand needs in real-time, optimize energy use […]

Indonesia wants to reach net-zero plastic pollution by 2040. Do you have a big idea to help them do it?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Nour Chaabane, Operations Lead, Global Plastic Action Partnership, World Economic Forum & Hidayah Hamzah, Manager, Indonesia National Plastic Action Partnership, World Resources Institute Indonesia Indonesia generates around 6.8 million tonnes of plastic waste per year, but much of […]

5 ways collaborative action can transform primary care

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madhav Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, India Health Fund & Shruti Deora, Senior Engagement Manager, Sattva Consulting Disruptions to healthcare systems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need for continued global cooperation. We must harness this moment […]

Images from space could bolster the global economy – here’s how

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 Data collected from space can help countries tackle issues like water scarcity and food security. Free and openly accessible earth observation data is already being used to predict crop yields and measure […]

5 ESG concerns for corporate boards with a social conscience

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jo Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have pushed environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues to the top of the corporate agenda. New research conducted by Willis Towers Watson […]

Why digital inclusion must be at the centre of resetting education in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sampson Kofi Adotey, Impact Officer, Accra Hub, Next Einstein Forum COVID-19 school closures in Africa have widened existing educational, socio-economic and gender inequalities. Along with poor access to distance learning resources, the continent’s children have been hard hit. […]

An expert explains: How to talk to boys about mental health, girls and growing up

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 COVID-19 has had an impact on young people’s mental health. Half of all mental health disorders in adulthood start by age 14, and boys are particularly at risk. Paediatrician Dr Ranj Singh […]

Yes, ESG is complicated. Together, we can simplify it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maha Eltobgy, Head of Shaping the Future of Investing; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Janine Guillot, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) A coherent, comprehensive system of corporate disclosure is needed to […]

4 ways the private sector can push for gender equality post-pandemic

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kathleen Sherwin, Interim President/CEO, Women Deliver & Divya Mathew, Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Women Deliver • The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women’s economic participation. • Gender equality cannot be achieved without support from the […]

COVID-19 vaccine development is more global than you might think

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 Dozens of COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in clinical development in a wide range of countries. They could help address a glaring global gap between vaccine haves and have-nots. Cuba […]

How neuroethics can advance innovations for positive social impact

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ankita Moss, Researcher, Neuroethics and Neurotech Innovation Collaboratory, Emory University & Karen Rommelfanger, Associate Professor and Director, Neuroethics and Neurotech Innovation Collaboratory, Emory University Neurotech innovators often conflate neuroethics with legal compliance and risk mitigation. But new research […]