Yes, we need more women in Davos. But the bigger picture in gender equality is that we need more women in every facet of public leadership, from corporate boardrooms to the halls of parliament to the airwaves of mass media.
What's happening in the bustling slums and remote villages of the developing world is this: a riveting convergence of microfinance, direct selling, mobile technology and social media that has the power to bring the work of local entrepreneurs to new heights.
"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruined by it." -- Pope Francis message to the World Economic Forum Meeting 2014 The Wo...
From Obama's state of the union address, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, in European capitals, in international organizations the same sound of alarm: Growing income inequality is threatening the world economy.
The tension can be simplified into a question: Is inequality more important or is climate change more important?
To his credit, Gates is a remarkable philanthropist, and his generosity certainly sets a bold standard for all wealthy people to emulate. Nevertheless, his appears blind to the genuine suffering of people who endure poverty, even in the wealthiest countries on Earth.
While conferences like Davos are absolutely essential to make sure decision-makers get development right in the future, it is also imperative that these meetings are informed by the mistakes of the past and ground realities of the present.
Although social impact investing has been around for a pretty good while (e.g., microfinance, gender lens investing, etc), the reality is that investment vehicles for conservation has lagged behind.
The need is clear. People are finally listening. We must not let the seriousness and urgency of this problem get caught in the crossfire of ideological warfare. Americans need policy solutions developed in partnership with corporate, government and non-profit leaders -- now.
The forum, in an effort to increase the representation of women, asked companies who send five delegates to include one woman, and the result was that companies only sent four delegates -- the ratio of women to men actually decreased after this request.
There was consensus that a new technology revolution is bringing some tectonic changes. The downside is something, new -- an era of permanent structural unemployment.
Who would win in a hot war between Japan and China? The more limited the scope of the engagement, the better the chance for Japan to prevail. While China has more ships and planes, Japan has better ships and planes, with more maneuvering experience.
A new leadership contract is emerging: an implicit agreement between CEOs and stakeholders to ensure long-term, sustainable value creation and legitimacy.
It's not easy coming back home to America when your name is Ahmed. I want to look forward to returning home from a trip abroad, but thanks to my name or as the TSA officer put it -- my "profile" -- I've come to dread it.
"The transformation of the world, which many of us long to see, requires the changing of frameworks, ethics, and, most of all, our decisions; and that will not happen without taking risks, a true leap of faith."
By Anna Leijonhufvud, Bachelors of Financial Economics student at the University of St Andrews Almira is one of many millions of immigrants who every...