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Fußball unser oder: die Kraft des beliebtesten Spiels der Welt

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Im Juni 2013 gingen in Brasilien Menschen auf der Straße, um gegen die hohen Kosten der Fußballweltmeisterschaft zu protestieren. In den Demonstrationen entlud sich die Wut der Bevölkerung, die sich der Aufmerksamkeit der Welt bewusst war: Sie nutzte das bevorstehende Fußballereignis als Bühne für ihren Protest gegen soziale Missstände.

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The World Cup Effect

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 1:26 PM

In June 2013, we saw Brazilians taking to the streets nationwide to protest the high cost of preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The demonstrations captured in real time the Brazilians' frustrations finally bubbling over. But it also showed more vividly than...

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Soccer With a Conscience

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 11:10 AM

This week, Gareth Bale became the world's most expensive soccer player when he transferred to Real Madrid for $130,000,000. This highlights the enormous amount of money in international soccer, which has largely resulted from TV broadcasting deals hitting an unprecedented high. Days later, a newspaper in Kenya pointed out that...

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Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 3:49 AM

As excitement builds within the global soccer community ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, so does the level of money changing hands for the hottest ticket in world soccer.

Ahead of every major sporting event there is a thriving black market in tickets...

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Football, The Beautiful Game For Social Good

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Looking back, I believe that the 2006 World Cup in Germany was a significant milestone in the history of the world's biggest sporting event. For the first time, the notion that football can have a social impact entered the public consciousness - in the form of a global festival in...

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Football for Social Change in Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 3:03 AM

While working in Colombia in 1994, I was shocked and saddened by the killing of Andrés Escobar over an own goal scored at the World Cup. This senseless act of violence led me to reflect upon football's capacity to unite rather than divide, and ultimately motivated me to develop Fútbol...

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Mega sporting events: In whose interest?

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 7:36 AM

Due to the global attention that mega sporting events can bring to a city or country, they are promoted as a huge opportunity for economic returns - through tourism revenues, creation of jobs, infrastructural development and so on. In fact, there is very little evidence of such benefits, and organisers...

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Resilient Dynamism, a Social Entrepreneur's View

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 2:28 AM

The theme of the 2013 Annual Meeting is 'resilient dynamism' - but what exactly does it mean? From a purely economic perspective, 'resilient' may be understood to signify the ability to withstand market shocks and pressures, and 'dynamism' could imply the tenacity and creativity required to rise above...

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Beyond Boundaries: Collaborative Approaches to Social Protection

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Where does social entrepreneurship fit into a discussion of social protection systems? This was my initial question when I was asked to join a panel on the subject at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia. By way of response, I would suggest...

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Caught Offside: Tackling The Youth Employment Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 8:42 AM

At the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia, I will be leading a discussion on the youth employment crisis and speaking on a panel focusing on social protection systems. It is encouraging to see that social entrepreneurs are increasingly being asked to share their...

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The Game Plan

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 7:07 AM

On my panel on street culture and the role of art and sport in rendering the invisible visible, it became clearer than ever to me that we suffer from a major disconnection. Street culture may make outsiders more aware of the issues faced by underserved communities, but that...

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Toward a Common Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 8:35 AM

There's a definite urgency here in the mass of Davos participants; faced with the uncertainty that stems from technological, political, economic and cultural revolutions all over the world, it is clear to us all that the time for bold, innovative action to get to the root of problems is...

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It Takes a Team to Win a Game

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 11:22 AM

The Annual Meeting 2012 predicts a need for new models to deal with a world that is evolving drastically and rapidly. The leaders who gather at Davos this year are tasked with understanding and adapting to these great transformations.

Professor Klaus Schwab describes this as a leadership challenge....

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