How ducks are helping Bangladeshi farmers cope with cyclones

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Each year tropical cyclones bring floods and high winds that wreak havoc on coastal communities in Bangladesh. Crops are ruined, homes are destroyed and farm animals swept out to sea, wiping out the […]

Amsterdam is developing a fleet of autonomous boats to reduce city traffic

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Would you ride on a driverless boat? Perhaps it could take you to work? Or collect your garbage? Or deliver your Friday night takeaway? In Amsterdam, where 25% of the city surface is water, autonomous floating […]

How sustainable infrastructure can help us fight climate change

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amal-Lee Amin, Chief of the Climate Change Division, Inter-American Development Bank & Graham Watkins, Principal Environmental Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank In October, a climate change report struck like a bolt of lightning. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]

How a new approach to meat can help end hunger

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Laudicina, Chairman, A.T. Kearney Global Business Policy Council Today, one in nine people are hungry. And there will be nearly 20% more mouths to feed in 2030 than there are today. But there is a reason to […]

These countries have some of the highest voter turnout in the world

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 The US midterm elections typically have a much lower voter turnout than presidential elections. But this year, early voting exceeded that of many previous midterms, breaking records in multiple states. An estimated 40 million […]

The eight types of AI you should know about

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jen Hyatt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, troo.ai Artificial intelligence (AI) is a broadly-used term, akin to the word manufacturing, which can cover the production of cars, cupcakes or computers. Its use as a blanket term disguises how […]

As human genome editing moves from the lab to the clinic, the ethical debate is no longer hypothetical

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Karen Yeung, Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party & Pete Mills, Assistant Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics ‘Designer babies’ have featured in media headlines following the publication in July of a landmark report, Genome editing and human […]

Nordic noir: The unhappiness epidemic affecting young people in the world’s happiest countries

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Scandinavia. The Nordics. Home to pine trees, fjords, and the most contented people in the world. From hygge to Janteloven, the people seem to instinctively know how to strike the perfect balance. […]

Your smartphone may know more about your mental health than you

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amit Etkin, Professor, Stanford University “How have you been feeling since we last met?” As a psychiatrist, this is how I often open a session with a patient. But as a Silicon Valley-based neuroscientist, I am struck by […]

100 years after Polish independence, 5 reasons to be cheerful for the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kornel Koronowski, COO @Boryszew Energy & Vijay Raju, Head of Strategy, Forum Members, World Economic Forum Poland is one of the world’s most impressive growth stories. In September 2018, Poland was officially declared the first country from the […]

The fat from your next takeaway meal could help clean up global shipping

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content Your next takeaway meal could hold the key to helping the global shipping sector hit ambitious new emissions targets due to come into effect in 2020. Most of us are aware of […]

How to stop plastic pollution at source

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author:  Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation The problem with plastic starts long before it reaches our oceans, rivers and beaches. Plastic waste and pollution are symptoms of a broken system in which we design products without considering what […]

Open-plan offices make workers less collaborative, Harvard study finds

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Open-plan offices allow employees to see and hear their colleagues all day long, so you might think all this transparency would encourage them to work more collaboratively. But according to new Harvard research, […]

To be fair or to be sustainable? That is the (retirement) question

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amish Gandhi, Principal, Mercer Hundreds of thousands of people march on the capital. They are protesting against a government-mandated retirement system that is perceived as favouring the investment firms which manage the people’s retirement accounts, rather than the […]

The most unlikely innovators are changing ICT for development – it’s time we took notice

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Janet Longmore, Founder and CEO, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) & Heather Gilberds, Director of Research and Learning, DOT The long and storied history of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) field is like the dead letters of […]

What are the real debates surrounding immigration in an increasingly globalized world?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yuval Harari, Professor, Department of History , Hebrew University of Jerusalem This excerpt is from Yuval Harari’s new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”. The book was chosen as November’s book for the World Economic Forum Book […]

Bangladesh, South Africa and Bolivia all beat the US for women’s representation in politics

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Madeleine Hillyer, US Media Relations Intern, World Economic Forum With a record number of women running for office in the US midterm elections, many people are wondering: is a ‘pink wave’ about to hit America? If it does, […]

This billion-dollar campaign wants to protect 30% of the planet by 2030

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content When the world gathers in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh later this month for the biennial conference of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, how well we’re protecting the planet will be in the […]

Brexit: Ensuring a smooth transition for car producers and safety on the roads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Manufacturers who obtained a UK type-approval for their cars will be able to apply for new EU-27 approvals to retain access to the European Union’s market. The draft law voted on in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on Monday addresses the legal […]

Is the energy industry meeting its sustainability goals?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Francois Austin, Partner, Oliver Wyman The energy industry was vastly different 20 years ago, when two colleagues and I founded a consultancy which advised global oil and gas companies. Our work was primarily focused on reducing operational risks […]

How cities, not states, can solve the world’s biggest problems

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 & Reuben Abraham, CEO, IDFC Institute Cities, not nation states, are the dominant form of human civilization in the 21st century. Humanity transitioned from a rural to a primarily urban […]

What we can learn from Asia’s courts of the future

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Viva Dadwal, Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa Centre on Governance & Mark BeerPresident, International Association for Court Administration Technology has already transformed the way in which commerce and trade flow around the world. Will our courts be able […]

Finland has just published everyone’s taxes on ‘National Jealousy Day’

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Ever been curious about a colleague’s earnings? Every year on November 1st, people in Finland get the chance to find out when the government publishes the taxable income of all its citizens. Dubbed […]

Is the English language too powerful?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content In 2016 I published the “Power Language Index”, a research note on the efficacy of languages. It was a systematic data-driven analysis using 20 indicators to compare the clout of the world’s languages. […]

Global ageing is a challenge – and an opportunity

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Daniel Houston, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Principal Financial Group Global projections for 2050 are mind-boggling: 1.6 billion people aged 65 and over and a $400 trillion retirement savings gap. That means a $250,000 shortfall for the […]

How energy infrastructure is shaping geopolitics in East Asia

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Miyeon Oh, Director and Senior Fellow of the Asia Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council Large-scale, cross-border energy infrastructure connects states in long-term relationships. A choice of a pipeline route or a decision about […]

Immigrants make good entrepreneurs. This study proves it

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content Immigrants are good for business, according to research analyzing entrepreneur trends in the US. Not only do immigrants to the US establish proportionally more businesses than native-born entrepreneurs, their companies are also more […]

People, not technology, shape the future of manufacturing

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Torbjørn Netland, Chair of production and operations management, ETH Zurich & Lino Guzzella, President, ETH Zurich These are exciting times for manufacturing. A plethora of recent technological developments creates radically new opportunities for how we develop, manufacture, and […]

Shenzhen just made all its buses electric, and taxis are next

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Senior Writer, Formative Content Shenzhen in China is the world’s first major city to run an entirely electric bus fleet. Some 16,000 buses in the city are electric. And its taxi fleet isn’t far behind. Over […]

Understanding the gender gap in the Global South

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa and the University of Cape Town Despite there being no accurate data available at the global level to support claims currently being made in various gender and information and communication technology (ICT) indices, […]

Intervene, don’t overthink – the new mantra of systems design

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Brown, Chief Executive Officer, IDEO Architects and urban planners of the mid-20th century believed they had the skill and the right to redesign how cities worked. Enamored with the automobile and challenged by increased urban migration, planners […]

How to keep our cities cool as temperatures rise

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 Sustainable, smart cities are at the heart of all conversations about the rising demand for cooling and rapid urbanization. This is not surprising: if you scrambled for ways to keep cool in the […]

A skills gap is jeopardizing efforts to end energy poverty

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kristina Skierka, CEO, Power for All New technologies and business models create a constant churn of labour market disruption. Robots, driverless cars and other forms of automation will mean millions fewer jobs worldwide. On the other hand, fast-growing […]