The religious landscape has shifted over the past decades. Evidence shows that in some societies the role of faith is fading, with an increasing number of people having no religious affiliation and a general resistance to identify as someone who practises religion. Conversely, 80% of the world’s population adheres to a religion, and in these societies recognition of the role played by faith and religious culture in public life and in tackling global problems is growing. In such societies, faith groups exercise authority, strengthen the social capital and provide services; they advocate for change and mobilize communities.
There is a sense that the space where faith and society interact is evolving in dynamic ways, and that changes in society are affecting the relationships between faith groups and other societal and economic stakeholders. These shifts create an opportunity for collaboration to seek positive change and social transformation.
Members of the Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith comprise the world’s foremost experts to provide thought leadership that furthers the faith agenda within World Economic Forum’s activities. The council currently seeks to raise awareness about socio-cultural, cross-faith and religious engagement efforts for the purposes of conflict prevention and conflict transformation. It aims to transform perspectives on faith in government and the private sector, specifically in nations experiencing dramatic change (i.e., immigration dynamics, internal conflicts, freedom of beliefs/religion, and emerging market challenges).
Council Manager: Cecilia Serin, Community Specialist, Civil Society, Society and Innovation, Cecilia.Serin@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Nicholas Davis, Head of Society and Innovation, Member of the Executive Committee, Nicholas.Davis@weforum.org
The Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith (2012-2014) has collected a series of essays, highlighting the practical aspect of faith and how to engage with faith actors in long-term an...
The Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith developed an online survey for global leaders and executives to help us reflect on the significance of faith in society. The survey asked qu...