On World Oceans Day, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Oceans is endorsing two initiatives to guide management of ocean resources for the future: the Ocean Health Index and "seafood traceability"(transparent tracking of seafood from source to consumer).
Despite Myanmar's incredible challenges, the optimism there is palpable. Many conversations I had in Yangon ended on an upbeat note about the future given the vast improvements the country has seen in just two years.
I am shouting this statement for the entire world to hear: It is so bizarre to be declared the enemy of someone you have never met, just because of where he was born.
The IMF threw Greece under the bus. In particular, it ludicrously downplayed the damage its recommended austerity measures would do to the Greek economy, which is in the grips of a prolonged and deep recession.
In order to move our powerful and important work to the next level, we must remember to breathe. To contemplate. To take a step back and critically analyze our progress, approach and the level of thoughtful engagement we are giving to our work and mission.
Peace will bring with it stability, growth and enterprise, together with the new hopes, expectations and occupations for current and future generations -- sorely needed in these two countries and in the region beyond.
I was recently invited to attend a briefing on values and leadership at the White House in Washington, D.C. It was graciously convened by President Obama's Office of Public Engagement and the D.C. Global Shapers.
Given the billions of aid dollars spent to improve the health systems of Africa, it may surprise you to learn that the majority of Africans still turn to the private sector for their health care. Not because the private sector provides cheaper prices. But rather, for many, it remains the only option.
Japan's spirit is being tested by the same recession and financial crisis afflicting all industrialized nations. But paradoxically, there are answers to be found to Japan's very modern crises in its most ancient traditions. There are shrines and temples and gardens everywhere. It is common to see monks meditating and easy to join them in meditation. And the latest twist is Buddhist temples using Zen meditation, cold-water ablutions and other traditional ceremonial practices to help young people looking for jobs! By taking its traditions and adapting them to solve new problems, by going both forward and backward, both outward and inward -- juxtapositions that in Japan don't have to be contradictions -- the people of Japan are poised find a new and vibrant balance for the 21st century.
Today, the day before the World Economic Forum conference in Lima, a group of Peruvian kids and their adult allies will make a case for why a childhood free from violence and filled with playful learning is the key to the kind of innovation that can drive economic prosperity in this century.
The basic message here was: when we live with dignity, we live from the heart, and to live from the heart is a noble thing indeed. For when we live with that inherent nobility which we all possess, we become heroes.
It is a global conversation that has shifted vertical hierarchies into horizontal webs, thus forming a conversation where all players interact with each other and where governments are part of the game, rather than the one exclusively controlling it.
As the Victorian writer Matthew Arnold once wrote, we are "wandering between two worlds, one dead and the other powerless to be born." The establishment might reinforce that fatalism, but from the vantage point of the World Social Forum, the horizon hails a new world ready to be born.
The impact of 'backcasting' is palpable and transformative. The biggest 'ah-ha' moment from immersing oneself in a future world is a striking awareness of the interdependencies of all systems.
At this year's annual meeting, I had the privilege of shadowing Oliver Cann and Yann Zopf, members of the communications and media team. Being a newbie to the news and media industry, it felt like an intensive one-day apprenticeship.
At the same time, the solutions to these crises need to be approached in a new manner. The 19th -and 20th-century model of thinking, where one problem is solved individually, is grossly outdated given the connectedness of the current challenges.