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Animal Slaughter, Usually Hidden From View, Provokes Public Debate

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:27 AM

By Amy Jeffs, BA (recent graduate), University of Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, England -- An e-petition is calling for Parliament to impose a U.K.-wide ban on kosher and halal slaughter techniques, which petition promoters deem cruel and unnecessary. It is gathering signatures via the HM Government website until April 2015.

According to...

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The Discreet Power of Blogging Is Allowing Women to Express Their Expertise

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 9:19 PM

By Cristiana Bedei, MA student at Goldsmiths, University of London

No longer simple online diaries, blogs offer a platform for women to find their voices as experts and opinion-makers.


Model Blogger (adaptation of "Model writing postcards" by Carl Larsson, 1906); Source: Mike...

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Startups: Switzerland's New Graduate Program

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 2:17 PM

By Eva Perrett, Masters Student at Graduate Institute in Geneva

Swiss students have dispersed for the summer holidays. Among those graduating and entering the job market, a new trend is emerging. More and more young people are founding startups.

Idyllically situated with views of Zurich, the Villa Rigi, a former...

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Drink Sustainably: Heineken's Fight to Remain a Global Sustainability Leader

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:15 AM

By Matt Caprioli, MA Candidate in English Education, Hunter College, USA

NEW YORK -- Considering that 95 percent of beer consists of water, alcohol companies like Heineken International must play a major role in the mitigation of water waste and climate change. The Dutch brewing company has heeded the call,...

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With New Mobility Trends and Ventures, European Officials Struggle to Balance Innovation and Regulation

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 2:13 AM

By Nicolas Zahn, Masters student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

At the second World Collaborative Mobility Congress (Wocomoco), held May 7-8 in Bern, Switzerland, entrepreneurs and policymakers discussed over the two days their experiences and identified challenges ahead in reshaping mobility. Entrepreneurs are missing...

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Case of the Missing Car Gals at Geneva Motor Show

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:40 PM

By Eva Perrett, Masters Student at Graduate Institute in Geneva


Are women hurrying their way out of car salons? Photo from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Photo source: flickr / loops under Creative Commons.

An unusual sight greets visitors to the...

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Switzerland and the EU: The Heavy Cost of Isolation

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 3:04 PM

By Nicola Forster and Ivo Nicholas Scherrer, foraus.ch

ZURICH, Switzerland - On Feb. 9, the Swiss voted to introduce a quota system to cap immigration from European Union countries. The EU has responded quickly and unequivocally: Without the free movement of persons, Switzerland risks losing access to EU markets and...

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Leaning In, in Houses of Prayer

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 10:12 AM

By Patricia Nilsson, BA Student at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

Women are structurally underrepresented and often discriminated against in most of the world's powerful arenas. The 15 percent female participation rate at the World Economic Forum is just a glimpse of the problem,...

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Higher Education Gets Another Online Challenger, as WEF Launches Its Own Web Courses

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 9:39 AM

By Christian Rhally, BA Student at Yale University

On Jan. 22, the World Economic Forum announced the launch of its Forum Academy at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The initiative, started in partnership with edX as the platform provider, will begin in May with the opening course, Global...

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"When Elephants Fight, It's the Grass That Suffers": Refugee Simulation Tries to Speak to Davos Attendees

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 8:10 AM

By Nora Ammann, High School Student at Schweizerische Alpine Mittelschule

"The bodies of our friends have been hung up outside. The football field is drenched in red color, the blood of our friends. They will come, they will come!" the man repeats again and again, his voice shaking with fear,...

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Anti-immigration Initiative Threatens to Isolate Switzerland From EU and the Rest of the World

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 11:32 PM

By Ieva Maniušytė, Bachelors of Economics student at Vilnius University

A few months after the World Economic Forum's annual meeting has ended, the invitations to next year's event in Davos will be sent out. For the lucky ones invited, they may find that entering Switzerland is a lot easier compared...

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Immigrants Benefit Host Nations' Economies, so Why Is Public Perception Negative?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 2:57 AM

By Anna Leijonhufvud, Bachelors of Financial Economics student at the University of St Andrews

Almira is one of many millions of immigrants who every year cross borders in search of a better life. A year ago, she left her home village in Croatia to find work in Helsingborg, Sweden, and...

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Analysis Firms Battling for Pole Position as Impact Investing Goes Big

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 5:53 PM

By Berry Kennedy, MS/MBA Candidate, Erb Institute, University of Michigan

"Not to mean to insult anyone," says Paul Sanford of the private investment-management company TriLinc Global, "but it can a bit myopic." TriLinc's chief investment officer, he's talking about choosing between serving financials-first and social-first impact investors. "But if you...

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Toward Electronics Free of Conflict Minerals

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 7:50 PM

By Wasima Khan, PhD Candidate in Corporate Law, Erasmus University - Rotterdam

With the acquisition of conflict minerals for their manufacturing, the electronics industry is involved in an ongoing humanitarian crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Recent law reforms for US listed companies have so far failed to incentivize...

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Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 9:46 AM

By Leah Davidson, BSc Student at the Wharton School, University of
Pennsylvania

"Innovation is following your instincts."

"Innovation is pushing beyond known limits and making it work."

"Innovation is bringing happiness."

These quotable mantras from the live Twitter feed for the 2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the...

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The F-Word [Failure] Comes to the World Economic Forum

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 1:57 PM

By Adam Byrnes, MBA/MS candidate at Erb Institute, University of Michigan

DALIAN, China - Let's face it, failure sucks. Failing is neither particularly fun nor particularly rewarding.

And yet entrepreneurs do it all the time. According to a recent study from Harvard, three-quarters of venture-backed start-ups fail. At the...

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China's Next Growth Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 6:11 AM

By Christian Rhally, BSc Student at Yale University

Dalian, China - On September 8th, 2013, the Financial Times invited a rather special guest to write an op-ed (paywall). Li Keqiang, the Premier of China, described his vision for the nation's future economic development. Li wrote that the country needs to...

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Homeless Tours in Prague Could Go Europe-wide

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:11 AM

By Patrick Reevell, Dual-Degree Masters in Journalism and International Affairs at Sciences Po, Paris

Karim, former male prostitute, now tour guide.
Karim, former male prostitute, now tour guide. Photo courtesy of Pragulic

An innovative Czech social enterprise shows how cities might help their...

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Get Out in the Dusty Streets to Find Your Inner Super Hero

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 1:20 PM

By Andy Sontag, Student, Kaopilot

By seeing firsthand the problems caused by lack of access to electricity in rural Africa, Sameer Hajee has found the drive and empathy to take action. This unlocking of passion through real-life experience is common among many social entrepreneurs, quickly becoming a model that is being...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Regenerative Business for Local Economies

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 5:19 PM

By Mathu Jeyaloganathan, Undergraduate student at the Richard Ivey School of Business

The underlying principles of recycling and their relevance in a business model can be used to revive local economies.

The concept of reusing human resources and abandoned physical assets if applied correctly can be the...

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