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Global Agenda Councils

How Can We Take Science Out of its Ivory Tower?

Javier Garcia-Martinez | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Javier Garcia-Martinez

Today's science is more beautiful, more subtle, but also more difficult to explain. This poses challenges for how today's scientists collaborate.

How Can We Balance the Risks and Rewards of New Technologies?

Andrew Maynard | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Andrew Maynard

While scientists and engineers are masters at demonstrating what is technologically possible, it is society that ultimately decides which technologies succeed and which do not.

The Expanding Middle Class in Asia

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Kishore Mahbubani

The world has never seen anything like this before; it's probably one of the biggest seismic shifts in history.

A Lack of Values in Leadership

John Onaiyekan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
John Onaiyekan

The question of values in leadership boils down to why people seek leadership positions in the first place.

Diminishing Confidence in Economic Policies

John Lipsky | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
John Lipsky

I think the reasons for this diminishing confidence are threefold: the reach and intensity of the crisis; the sluggish pace of recovery since then; and the unrealistic expectations that have been placed on economic policies.

Inaction on Climate Change

Christiana Figueres | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Christiana Figueres

Our changing climate is the most pressing challenge we face, but it's also the most compelling opportunity we've ever had.

Widening Income Disparities

Helene D. Gayle | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Helene D. Gayle

The difference between rich and poor is becoming more extreme, and as income inequality widens the wealth gap in major nations, education, health and social mobility are all threatened.

Let's Shrink the Growing World of Entrepreneurship

Thom Ruhe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

There's nothing like a global economic crisis to bring the world together. Devastating economic events that started in the late 2000s showed the world, once again, that the welfare of one nation is linked to the welfare of others.

Look Harder, Work Closer, Lead Better: How to Meet the Challenges of 2014

Martina Gmür | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Martina Gmür

When it comes to identifying potential solutions to the world's greatest challenges, leaders and policy-makers are still too often locked in an old world, one-dimensional mindset.

Harnessing Creativity for the Public Good

Diana El-Azar | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Diana El-Azar

Advertising and marketing are all too often seen as part of an industry that simply promotes brands, manipulates people's desires and pushes people to consume more than they need. But creative industries can be a powerful force for social good.

Technology Promises a Better Informed Society, But Information Must Flow Freely

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Don Tapscott

Digital technologies offer unprecedented access to data and information. Some governments are threatened by the free flow of information, but by attempting to control and censor the Internet, they jeopardize their society's development.

Earth 2.0: Yes We Can

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

The financial crisis has made obvious the obvious: that we live in a truly new and global world.