Corporations must help shape a better world – or risk being left behind

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elisabeth Andvig, Project Specialist, Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, World Economic Forum Corporations are powerful actors in society. They have the opportunity to shape the world around them and to influence global agendas. They have a responsibility not just […]

European Elections: “Web giants” are urging users to vote

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Social media platforms and web services, used by millions of Europeans, have joined the effort to remind citizens to cast their votes in European elections. Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Twitter are among the platforms offering extra services to make sure Europeans cast their vote, […]

Smoking VS Vaping: is it a battle?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Styliani Triantafyllidou, a 2nd year student of the International Medical School of the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, but originally comes from Greece. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece […]

What’s happening to Greenland will affect the whole world – and our leaders need to understand why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Dutton, Head of Forum Foundations, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum & Silje Ditlefsen, Program Design and Impact Specialist, World Economic Forum “The stability of nature can no longer be taken for granted,” David Attenborough said […]

Precision medicine should be accessible to all

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Elissa Prichep, Project Lead Precision Medicine, World Economic Forum What will health ministers and thought leaders gathering for the 72nd Annual World Health Assembly (WHA) imagine for the future of global healthcare in 2030? I envision a future where […]

Pollution could be harming every part of your body. Here’s how

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 It’s not just the environment that pollution is harming, it’s also our bodies. In addition to the well-known victim – our lungs – air pollutants can harm “most other organs of the body”, […]

An economist explains how to value the internet

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Erik Brynjolfsson, Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT – Sloan School of Management & Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum It is one the most commonly used measures of economic activity: gross domestic product (GDP), […]

Peru is building a new international airport near Machu Picchu – and archaeologists are worried

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 The bulldozers arrived in January to clear the site of Peru’s newest and most controversial airport. Chinchero International, which is expected to shuttle five million passengers a year, is being built in […]

How fintech is making investment accessible

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Herman Widjaja, Vice-President, Engineering, Tokopedia & Ramil Bansal, Investment Product Head, Tokopedia Mutual funds are considered one of the safest investment options available. They work by allowing an individual to pool their money with other investors, creating a fund […]

Factory workers are facing a mental health crisis. Here’s how to respond

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: James Dacosta, Director, Hult Prize Foundation & Alana Strassfield, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Operations, AQM Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues facing us today. By 2030, the cost to the global economy of all mental health […]

Humane leadership must be the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s real innovation

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paolo Gallo, Author and Executive Coach & Vlatka Hlupic, CEO, The Management Shift Consulting Do we need a new type of leadership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)? We have heard it many times: the 4IR is not only […]

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is today presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The European Commission today tabled a proposal that will […]

India is investing more money in solar power than coal for first time

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content In India coal is king. It powers huge swathes of the country and its use is still rising. But there are signs that coal’s dominance might one day be challenged. India’s investments in renewable sources […]

The world invested almost $2 trillion in energy last year. These 3 charts show where it went

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content The world invested $1.8 trillion in energy last year, with spending on renewables stalling, while oil, gas and coal projects increased. The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment 2019 report shows overall global investment in […]

Forty-two countries adopt new OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. OECD and partner countries formally adopted the first set of intergovernmental policy guidelines on Artificial Intelligence (AI) today, agreeing to uphold international standards that aim to ensure AI systems are designed to be robust, safe, fair and trustworthy. The OECD’s 36 member countries, along with Argentina, […]

Millennials aren’t voting – but these young leaders have a plan to change that

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Media Relations Specialist, World Economic Forum Young people by definition have the most at stake in the future. But in Europe as elsewhere, Millennials are all too often failing to vote. As crunch European Parliament elections approach on May […]

Would you let an AI vote for you?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jonathan Roberts, Professor in Robotics, Queensland University of Technology & Gary Mortimer, Associate Professor in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Queensland University of Technology & Frank Mols, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, The University of Queensland If trust in our […]

2019 European Elections gets backing from professional footballers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Dozens of professional footballers from across Europe have joined a campaign by the European Parliament and FIFPro to promote this week’s 2019 European Elections. German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, Sweden midfielder Nilla Fischer and Finland captain Tim Sparv are among those to send out the […]

Scientists in Iceland are turning carbon dioxide into rock

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Rosamond Hutt, Senior Writer, Formative Content The climate change clock is ticking. In 2018, global carbon emissions reached a record high and the United Nations warned we could have just 12 years left to prevent the catastrophic effects of […]

How to get young people in Europe to swipe right on voting

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kirsten Salyer, Media Relations Specialist, World Economic Forum Young people by definition have the most at stake in the future. But in Europe as elsewhere, Millennials are all too often failing to vote. As crunch European Parliament elections approach […]

OECD warns global economy remains weak as subdued trade drags down growth

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Global growth slowed sharply in late 2018 and is now stabilising at a moderate level. Escalating trade conflicts and dangerous financial vulnerabilities threaten a new weakening of activity by undermining investment and confidence worldwide, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. The global economy is expected to […]

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of […]

5 things you probably didn’t know about global health

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Charlotte Edmond, Formative Content “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.” If only the answer to the world’s health concerns […]

How we can embrace the electrical vehicle transition by adopting smart charging

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Wolfgang Ketter, Professor of Information Systems for Sustainable Society, University of Cologne The age of the electric vehicle (EV) is dawning, with two million of them sold in 2018. Whether EV purchases are motivated by environmental concerns, lower operating […]

SMEs are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and tech to boost wages and productivity

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been a significant driver of employment growth in recent years, mainly through the creation of new firms, including in high-growth sectors such as information and communication technologies (ICT). But the new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook highlights that most SME […]

Electronic Cigarettes: Are they really as safe as we think?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Nour Nassour, a 2nd year of medical school student from LeMSIC, one of the NMO associated with IFMSA. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

Here’s how blockchain could stop corrupt officials from stealing school lunches

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Cathy Barrera, Founding Economist, Prysm Group & Stephanie Hurder, Partner, Founding Economist, Prysm Group & Ashley Lannquist, Project Lead, Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum Around the world, the potential for corruption is often exploited where there […]

How to make primary healthcare a favourable career choice for medical students: strategies and reflections

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Alaa Abusufian E. Dafallah, a 6th year medical student from University of Khartoum, Sudan with 5 years of experience in the field of student advocacy and medical education development in Sudan and Africa. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The […]

Now’s the time to take up cycling – here are 6 reasons why

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 It’s good for you and great for the environment. So, as millions of cyclists around the world mark Bike to Work Day, here’s why life on two wheels makes sense. 1. Cycle […]

Electronic or conventional cigarettes – which is safer?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariana Marçal, a 23-year-old medical student from Lisbon, currently attending the 4th year at NOVA Medical School. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily […]

We need to deep clean the oceans. Here’s how to pay for it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Ingrid van Wees, Vice-President for Finance and Risk Management, Asian Development Bank The world’s oceans are running out of breath. In the past 50 years, we have lost nearly half our coral reefs and mangrove forests and the […]

E-cigars: Improbable ally or enemy in disguise?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Eleni Bouziani, a 1 st year medical student of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily […]

Where labour costs the most (and least) in the European Union

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: David Knowles, Digital Media Specialist, World Economic Forum The difference between the European Union’s most costly labour and its cheapest might surprise you. At more than 38 euros, or $42, the spread is fairly wide, bookmarked at one end […]