Tom Harkin Out? This weekend, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced he won't be running for reelection. While the "liberal lion's" announcement made news, what I didn't see mentioned in many stories about the retirement is that Harkin is chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee -- the very one that is in charge of dealing with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. So what's next for HELP? Harkin has told me he intends to reset the reauthorization process while he's still there, but as the folks at Politics K-12 note, that desire could "set up an interesting dynamic with the Obama administration," which is more focused on implementing the waivers it has issued from the law to 34 states and Washington, D.C. The White House wasn't exactly thrilled with the bill his committee moved last year.
History has shown us, time and again, that the world's most resilient organizations are those that do more than just prepare for change and turbulence. Instead, they see -- and seize -- opportunity in the eye of the storm.
The grand narrative of social entrepreneurship is everywhere: heroic individuals build innovative solutions to transform the texture of the world's social fabric. What have we learned in a decade of emergent debate on the topic?
In turbulent times, the glass can be seen as half full or half empty. At Davos, you hear passionate advocacy of both. I won't even try to say what 2013 will bring, but I do believe there are strong underlying signals of fundamental changes that will shape the future over the next decade.
The world's supply chain forms the backbone of our global economy, security and health, and the risks it faces are many. What to do? We cannot plan for precisely how or when, but we can plan for the fact that disruptions will strike.
We are standing on the eve of a remarkable evolution of capitalism: a market economy based on true prices. Far-fetched? You believe that these ideas come from dreamy greenies? Well, think again.
Nairobi is a thriving metropolis that unfortunately suffers from high levels of inequality and violence. Sixty-five percent of the city's population of 4 million lives in the highly marginalized densely populated slums of the city. In 2007, something remarkable happened.
Every year, on Friday night, the Forum hosts a Shabbat meal that, longtime attendants say, started with a handful of people, including leading Israeli economists, but now boasts world leaders and Jewish personalities from around the globe.
There's a growing and welcome awareness that the world's biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well.
Current global governance is widely viewed as no longer fit for purpose; sources of capital are unstable; demands for accountability and measurement of impact are multiplying; and almost everyone is struggling to connect meaningfully with younger generations.
Certainly big business can't bear all of the blame about the unemployment rate among youth, but organizations must begin to invest time and effort into candidates that have promise but may not have 100 percent of the skills or the training that are required.
The world has made impressive progress in health over the past few decades, leading to untold lives being saved. Just as risk managers have learned it is impossible to eliminate risk, the public health community is learning the value of building resilience.
If one thing was made clear by the scale of the recent anti-child slavery demonstration of 200,000 young people in the Burmese capital Rangoon, it is that regimes can repress for a time but they cannot maintain their repression indefinitely. The marches show that while children may disappear one by one into slavery, sold off by relatives or neighbours, becoming in effect invisible people - the victims' cries for help cannot be silenced forever, and eventually the truth will out.
Imagine your car taking you from your driveway at home to your office's parking lot without you having to touch the wheel. It would be commuter heaven.
Today I'm going to zap around the world a bit, outlining some global trends that are areas of opportunity, both for promoting the World Economic Forum's commitment to "improving the state of the world" and for businesses' bottom lines.