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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018

31st January 2018 - 112 days ago

The WEF Annual Meeting took place in Davos, from 23rd to 26th January 2018. The theme for the meeting was ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’.

The overview of the meeting was based on the challenges facing us all today. The global context has changed dramatically: geostrategic fissures have re-emerged on multiple fronts with wide-ranging political, economic and social consequences. Realpolitik is no longer just a relic of the Cold War. Economic prosperity and social cohesion are not one and the same. The global commons cannot protect or heal itself.

Politically, new and divisive narratives are transforming governance. Economically, policies are being formulated to preserve the benefits of global integration while limiting shared obligations such as sustainable development, inclusive growth and managing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018
Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

International Economist & Global Bestselling Author

Socially, citizens yearn for responsive leadership; yet, a collective purpose remains elusive despite ever-expanding social networks. All the while, the social contract between states and their citizens continues to erode.

The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting therefore aimed to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. The programme, initiatives and projects of the meeting were focused on Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World. By coming together at the start of the year, they hoped to shape the future by joining this unparalleled global effort in co-design, co-creation and collaboration. The programme’s depth and breadth made it a true summit of summits.

Truly global leaders led the thought creation at the meetings and presentation sessions throughout the forum. Over the years strategists and thinkers such as Dambisa Moyo, Noreena Hertz and Joseph Stiglitz have contributed their deep economic insights. Lynda Gratton has focused on the future of work in an ever-ageing population, whilst Wolfgang Ischinger has focused on the increasingly critical role of security on a global scale.

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