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World Economic Forum 2013

Four Ways to Help Myanmar's Rural Poor

Roy L. Prosterman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Roy L. Prosterman

How to confront the needs of the vast number of families who are trapped in land-related, generational poverty in Myanmar and throughout the region will have profound consequences for future development, investment and stability.

Making the News: Backstage Insights Into the World Economic Forum's Media Team

Tim Lehmann | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Tim Lehmann

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.

Resilience Requires Resources

Oluseyi Fayanju | Posted 04.02.2013 | Green
Oluseyi Fayanju

I worry that the real and demonstrable need for institution building and investment in sustainable energy, climate change adaptation, and poverty alleviation attracts less urgency when the world's high-flyers return to sea level.

Just Economics

Ron Nikkel | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

What constitutes "just" economics? How do I justly earn, spend and save whatever money I have in ways that reflect Jesus' agenda for the poor and prisoners and people with disabilities and those who are oppressed?

Decoding the 'Signals' From Davos

Rich Lesser | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business
Rich Lesser

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.

Rebels Without a Cause? Beyond Heroic Social Entrepreneurship in Davos

Tim Lehmann | Posted 03.29.2013 | Impact
Tim Lehmann

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?

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, amidst the buzz generated by the UK heading into a triple-dip recession, the IMF downgrading its forecast for global growth, and David Cameron's speech on an EU referendum, there was also a lot of talk about the surprising number of sessions devoted to mindful leadership, meditation, wellness, and redefining success -- topics that united, among others, PIMCO's Bill Gross, professors Mark Williams and Sheena Iyengar, neuroscientist Amishi Jha, economist Joe Stiglitz, and Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard. Tipping point? Perhaps, but definitely a signal that the powers that be are beginning to accept the connection between our ability to deal with the crises that surround us and the way we live our lives, and care for our body, mind, and spirit. This mindset has gone from being dismissed as New Age California flaky to being supported by growing scientific evidence and embraced by a growing number of corporate leaders. Looking inward is suddenly in.

Civil Society's Time Has Come -- as an Enabler and Constructive Challenger

Nicholas Davis | Posted 03.28.2013 | Impact
Nicholas Davis

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.

Girl Rising: A Better Life Begins in School

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

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.

LOOK: New Mural Takes Colorful Look At Gender Inequality

Posted 01.31.2013 | Women

A stunning new pop-art project aims to portray a world in which women decision-makers vastly outnumber their male counterparts. "Gender Equality? ...

Digital Game Changers Hail the Web's Transformative Potential

Paul Zwillenberg | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Paul Zwillenberg

Technology has the potential to generate growth and reshape the nature of work, collaboration, and economic activity. But it takes people with the vision to challenge the status quo, envision the future, and go for it.

Even From Davos, Family Planning Gets a Fresh Look

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Karl Hofmann

2012 may be remembered for many things good and bad, but one undeniably positive story is the way in which family planning and women's reproductive choices and rights came back into the sunlight after too many years in the shadows of the global health and development agenda.

Smaller, Younger NGOs to Davos: "We Have a Few Tips Too"

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

NGO accountability is far from a dull subject, and the sector can learn about accountability from smaller, younger NGOs. Soliciting feedback from clients and maintaining openness, which doesn't necessarily have to be a function of size, are musts.

Davos 2013: Our Favorite Quotes From Mindful Leaders

Posted 01.25.2013 | Healthy Living

Last night, as part of the 43rd World Economic Forum, a panel of experts explored what psychology has to offer when it comes to leadership at an inter...

Girl Rising: Adult Complacency Is Over

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

The protests about violence against women remind us that too many men in 2013 still treat women as their chattels, to be exploited and brutalized. But they also illustrate that those who violate rights are being challenged head-on by women.

Lance Gould

In Davos, Germany Donates 1 Billion Euros To The Global Fund | Lance Gould | Posted 01.24.2013 | Impact

Germany announced on Thursday that it will increase its overall financial contribution to The Global Fund to 1 billion Euros. The Global Fund is the G...

Davos 2013: A Jumping-Off Point for Young Leaders to Address Girls' and Women's Health

Kate Roberts | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Kate Roberts

Today, 75 percent of HIV infections among 15- to 24-year-olds in Sub-Saharan Africa alone are young women, and up to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before the age of 18. The network of young leaders in the World Economic Forum can be instrumental in changing that.

Reshaping New York City's Future After Sandy

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 01.24.2013 | Business
Michael R. Bloomberg

There is no storm, no fire, no terrorist act, that can destroy the spirit of our city, and keep us from looking forward, envisioning a better tomorrow, and bringing it to life.

Girl Rising: From Demure to Defiant

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Gordon Brown

The rights of girls is moving to the top of the global issues agenda because young women are saying with rising resolve that they will no longer accept the rules and conventions imposed upon them by a male-dominated adult population.

Mindful Leadership at World Economic Forum

Janice L. Marturano | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Janice L. Marturano

The faculty and participants are from all sectors of society and are here because they are people with influence in our world. And this year's theme is Resilient Dynamism. Could you ever imagine a better description for the work of mindful leadership?

Davos This week: The Quota Wars Live On

Erica Dhawan | Posted 03.24.2013 | Women
Erica Dhawan

While the mix of people at Davos is slowly changing with the rise of World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers and technology entrepreneurs, there is one population whose presence has gone unchanged.

Breaking Down the Walls of Inequality

Philip Jennings | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Philip Jennings

The situation has passed from unsustainable to catastrophic. The world needs a pay raise: those trillions of dollars have to be invested in growth and growth starts by investing in a company's most valuable asset -- its people.

Davos 2013: Resilience as a 21st Century Imperative

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Arianna Huffington

The weather here in Davos is crisp and snowy, but the global outlook heading into the 43rd World Economic Forum is decidedly more overcast. I'm looking forward to a week of discussions about how to meet the challenges we face.

Leading Through Diversity: Resilience in Crisis

C.P. Gurnani | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
C.P. Gurnani

Reputational crises can occur with lightning speed, fed by the ease with which information travels, increasing the inter-connectedness of our global economy that is a challenge as much as an opportunity for organizations.

Making Humans More Resilient Through Meaningful Innovation

Frans van Houten | Posted 01.22.2013 | Impact
Frans van Houten

Sustainable solutions based on innovation can create a more resilient world only if that innovation is focused on the health and well being of its inhabitants. And it is at that point, where technology and human needs intersect, we will find meaningful innovation.