A new trend in international development has paired some unlikely business partners: development finance institutions and impact investors are working with large multinational corporations to fund projects that advance both development and business agendas.
I was lucky to be one of that 80; Africa 80, as we're officially referred to, and in the next few paragraphs, Fellow Global Shapers and I will share our experience and takeaways from this historic meeting--the 25th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum on Africa.
I've just accepted an important role as a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum. I'm helping the Forum in the development of its Global Agenda Platform, which is seeking to build communities of NGOs, academics, governments and business leaders around critical issues facing humanity.
There are few that don't have an opinion when it comes to judging the value of design in today's companies. Silicon Valley powerhouse Apple undoubtedly cashed in on design and many newcomers are doing so too. Imagine Uber and Airbnb for instance without design thinking.
Jordanians are not known to be the most cheerful among Arabs; in fact, their reputation is that they constantly frown and rarely smile.
Clearly, honesty is the foundation of being good. Honesty is the baseline. Pay your taxes, return the wallet you found on a park bench, and write down exactly how many golf strokes you had on a particular hole.
The circular economy needs new skills to design products in a truly circular way, complete with healthy materials and easy disassembly. It needs all the innovativeness of people in cities across emerging markets to find the best ways to share resources, remanufacture, up-cycle and reuse them.
From January 2016 until end of 2030 the member states of the United Nations are expected to frame their agenda around those goals. Therefore 2015 is a unique year to shape the agenda for the next 15 years.
There exists one obvious and inconvenient solution that the global health community can no longer afford to overlook: Make development research more accessible to developing countries' policymakers, institutions, health workers and communities.
If you want to build your brand or create long-term brand value with Millennials and Generation Z, then understand the brand they truly value -- themselves.
Commenting on the state of innovativeness, Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and legendary Silicon Valley investor, remarked, "We asked for flying cars. Instead, we got a hundred and forty characters." Really, Peter? Who asked for flying cars?
Respectability takes many forms. When you grow up a certain way, it's expected that you'll travel a certain path: serve on boards, go to cocktail parties, attend important conferences, maybe even give a TED talk if you really have made it (after all, what could possibly be more important?) I grew up on that path, but deviated from it, first because of circumstances, then by choice.
Every time I travel I am reminded of a sentence I wrote in my journal the first time I went to Africa. "Never underestimate the power of people who have nothing to teach you all you need to know about everything that matters." This empty classroom, full of lessons and hope powerfully whispered the same.
This week's power failure in parts of Washington, D.C. are a reminder, as if one were needed, about the deplorable state of infrastructure more generally in the United States.
I propose that we redefine the meaning of success based on relevance rather than the amassing of money. A billionaire would then be someone that is relevant to the lives of a billion people, or whose actions positively impact on the lives of many.
The legitimate force that drives trade agreements is companies' need for predictability and stability in order to invest beyond the borders of their home country. Everyone can support that. But where trade agreements go wrong is in secret negotiations, with virtually zero democratic input or accountability