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A Few Words On The Changes Our World Needs, From The People Who Can Actually Make Them Happen

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INDRA NOOYI
Indra Nooyi, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Inc., speaks during a session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the five day event runs from Jan. 22-25. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images

Global changemakers are in Davos this week to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world today -- poverty and humanitarian crises, business and the global economy, science and technology, and health and well-being.

Many of these international leaders of business and politics have called for seismic change -- from the way businesses view their role in society to the way individuals and institutions define success.

Here are some of the most poignant and inspiring quotes from global leaders at Davos.

"Each and every part of society not only has a role to play in encouraging healthy living, but also a vested interest in getting it right... Business has to be part of the solution, but no sector can enact meaningful change alone. It is only by working together on holistic approaches that we can achieve positive, lasting health outcomes." - Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

"Money is not success. Today the entire idea of success is translated into the volume of money you make. That's the wrong way... We have to write new textbooks, because the conceptual framework has to be redesigned." - Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and social entrepreneur

"If you want to solve the problems of the world, you go through women." - Matt Damon

"The temptation all over the place... is to do more. The brutal reality of trade-offs is you can not. The only question is, who gets to decide the things you say no to?" - Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

“The role of business in society has been changed. The boundaries between what is public interest and what is private interest have been blurred. Companies have a public responsibility... taking care of the environment, taking care of the social issues in the world.” - Feike Sijbesma, CEO of DSM

“You cannot separate body and mind and what we call the spirit. Health is a combination." - Nerio Alessandri, CEO of Technogym

"[Meditation] is about bringing the human back into humanity." - Goldie Hawn

"Forget about personal profit making. Once you get out of the personal profit idea, business is a very powerful tool. You can use it to solve human problems." - Muhammed Yunus

"I have a fundamental belief that business actually can be a force for good in the world -- that actually if you want to do well in the future you have to do good. And you'll no longer be able to do well without doing good." - David Jones, Founder of Young One World and CEO of Havas Worldwide

"Happiness is best regarded as a skill." - Dr. Richard Davidson, psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

 
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