World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013

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The programme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2013 covers three pillars: Leading through Adversity, Strengthening Societal Resilience, and Restoring Economic Dynamism. Many sessions are webcast live, and archived here. The programme is subject to change.

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Accelerating Infrastructure Development

In the face of fiscal austerity, how can the private sector accelerate critical infrastructure development?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Prioritizing infrastructure with greatest impact
  • Building partnerships for investments
  • Enhancing coordination and risk-sharing

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Active by Design

How can cities and products be designed to promote active and healthy lifestyles? Dimensions to be addressed: - Making health the default choice through product and urban design - Promoting physical activity as an enabler of health, well-being and creativity - Exploring cross-sectoral roles and responsibilities in promoting health and well-being

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Advanced Manufacturing

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the manufacturing context?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Reducing shortage of skilled workers
  • Designing affordable 3D printing
  • Addressing increased competition for raw materials

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The Africa Context

What challenges and transformations are shaping the leadership context in Africa?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Demand for strategic infrastructure
  • Progress towards economic diversification
  • Crucial investments in human capital
  • Commitment to regional integration

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The Arab World Context

What challenges and transformations are shaping the context for decision-makers in the Arab world?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • North Africa’s transitions
  • Advancing youth employment
  • Heightened geopolitical uncertainties

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Arctic Development

How can Arctic development be pursued with a legal framework and long-term resilience in mind?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Identifying key issues and actors
  • Highlighting uncertainties
  • Balancing interests and risks

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The Art and Science of Emotions

"I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them." -- Oscar Wilde How can a better understanding of our emotional make-up help to achieve more balanced, insightful and efficient lifestyles?

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The Art of Leadership

What are the secrets of successful leadership in the world of the arts?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Motivating artists to perform at their best
  • Maintaining an entrepreneurial edge
  • Sparking the imagination of audiences

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Avoiding the BRIC Wall

How are BRIC growth strategies adjusting to a protracted global economic slowdown?

This session was developed in partnership with NDTV.

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Banks in the Real Economy

What should be the role and responsibility of the banking system?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Ensuring global financial stability
  • Defining core functions of major commercial banks
  • Implications of structural and regulatory changes 

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Bolstering Ocean Resilience

How are new models bolstering ocean resilience and strengthening coastal economies?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Creating protected areas
  • Developing fish banks
  • Defining ocean economies

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Building CapaCity

How are architects creating the foundations for thriving urban societies?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Driving the sustainability agenda
  • Creating beacons of hope
  • Fostering civic engagement

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Building Cyber Resilience

How can countries and companies develop cyber resilience in a hyperconnected world?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Monitoring and assessing cyber threats
  • Redefining government and individual responsibilities
  • Defining common norms and practices

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Building National Innovation Capacity

How can national innovation strategies be designed to promote sustainable, inclusive and resilient prosperity?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Unlocking long-term investments
  • Advancing from emerging technologies to industries
  • Leapfrogging to knowledge-based economies 

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Catalysing Innovative Development Partnerships

How can global development partnerships be designed for greater scale and impact?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Building local capacity and innovation ecosystems
  • Tapping private- and public-sector expertise
  • Fostering scientific and technological innovation

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Catalysing Markets through Philanthropy

How can giving, lending and investing be combined effectively to maximize social benefit?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Mapping needs and incentives of players
  • Learning from successful joint-financing structures
  • Identifying areas ripe for further collaboration

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Catalysing Multistakeholder Value

How can key players align to expand from a shareholder model of doing business to a multistakeholder approach? Session objectives: - Determine a new organizational vision - Encourage long-term investment - Gain and maintain board support

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Catastrophic Risks in the 21st Century

How can global, national and industry resilience to catastrophic risks be increased?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Assessment of national resilience to global risks
  • Role and impact of hyperconnectivity
  • Strategies to prevent systemic failures

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China 2020: Vision Meets Reality

What should be at the top of China's reform agenda to inject new economic dynamism?

  • Tackling environmental degradation
  • Ensuring sustained economic growth
  • Strengthening the social safety net This session was developed in partnership with Caixin. 

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China's Growth Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the growth context in China?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Upgrading to value-added products
  • Catering to 1.3 billion consumers
  • Financing innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Integrating sustainability into business strategies 

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China's Next Global Agenda

How will China's next global agenda affect the rest of the world?

  • Inbound and outbound investment
  • Global and domestic financial reform
  • Role in international cooperation and negotiations

This session was developed in partnership with CCTV.

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Citizen Power -- Leading Connected Societies

With traditional institutions weighed down by partisan gridlock and vested interests, what innovative forms of collaboration and leadership are emerging in hyperconnected societies?

This session was developed in partnership with NHK. 

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Closing Critical Inequality Gaps

With excessive inequality known to hinder social and economic progress, how should widening income gaps be closed?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Balancing supply- and demand-side measures
  • Investing in soft and hard infrastructure
  • Redesigning social safety nets

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Connected Transportation: Hype or Reality?

How could connected vehicles and transportation systems transform mobility? Dimensions to be addressed: - Improving road safety and traffic flow - Reducing carbon footprints - Improving supply chain visibility This session is linked to initiatives and communities of the Forum. John Moavenzadeh is available to brief participants. This session is open to reporting press.

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Connecting Latin America

What new models of economic integration are emerging in the region?

Dimensions to be discussed:

  • Exploring the challenges and opportunities of the Pacific Alliance
  • Injecting dynamism through pragmatic approaches
  • Ensuring broad multi-sectorial participation

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A Conversation with Shimon Peres

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Creating Economic Dynamism

Faced by fiscal and competitive pressures, how can governments put economies onto a path of stable growth and higher employment?

This session was developed in partnership with Associated Press. 

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Creative Resilience

How can adversity be transformed into creativity?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Using theatre to find a voice in society
  • Turning blighted areas into creative hubs
  • Designing tools for economic development

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Crisis in Mali: An Update

What are the regional and humanitarian implications of the escalating conflict in Mali?

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Crystal Award Ceremony

The World Economic Forum's Crystal Award honours artists who have used their art to improve the state of the world. 

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The Davos Choir

Davos participants come together for a powerful musical experience to close the Annual Meeting 2013. 

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De-risking Africa

How are Africa's leaders mitigating investment risk in Africa's economies?

This session was developed in partnership with CNBC Africa.

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Decoding the Digital Gender Divide

How can the full potential of information technologies be harnessed to close the gender divide?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Engaging girls in computer science
  • Leveraging collaborative platforms
  • Targeting ICT skills gaps

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Designing Smart Cities

How can cities be designed for urban resilience and prosperity?

  • Understand the characteristics of smart cities
  • Rethink infrastructure for resilient dynamism
  • Share best practices and partnership models

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The Digital Infrastructure Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the digital infrastructure context?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Rise of networked devices, big data and cloud
  • Shifting norms and regulations
  • Increasing infrastructure vulnerability

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Digital Masterpiece

How are digital technologies fuelling artistic creativity?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Using social media to collaborate online
  • Integrating the latest technologies in the creative process
  • Creating platforms that transform ideas into reality

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Dynamic Health Systems

How can business and government work together to make health systems more resilient and cost-effective?

Session objectives:

  • Share recommendations and best practices
  • Envision future health systems
  • Identify key levers and intervention points 

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Earth's Tipping Points

How could imminent tipping points in ecological systems cause irreversible changes at a global scale?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Scientific knowledge of the world's hotspots
  • Big data for better decision-making
  • Risk management support platforms

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The East Asia Context

What challenges and transformations are shaping the leadership context in East Asia?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Territorial disputes and security threats
  • Regional competitiveness and growth outlook
  • Evolving role of China in the region

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The Economic Malaise and Its Perils

What near- and long-term political and societal risks are arising from the economic malaise?

  • Risk of structural unemployment
  • Declining human capital wealth
  • Spreading political instability

This session was developed in partnership with Al Jazeera.

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Emerging Economies at a Crossroads

Despite persistent global economic turmoil, how can growth be reignited in emerging economies?

This session was developed in partnership with CNN International. 

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Energy Revolution in the Making

How will unconventional energy transform geopolitical and industry landscapes?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Shifting supply, demand and trade patterns
  • Assuring energy sources and energy security
  • Examining subsidies and cost structures

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Enterprise Resilience

How can enterprises improve resilience to systemic risks? Dimensions to be addressed: - Mitigating economic and operational impact - Building capacity for "black swans" - Creating adaptive efficiency

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The Europe Context

What challenges and transformations are shaping the leadership context in Europe?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Divergent competitiveness levels
  • Fiscal-monetary-banking system nexus
  • Future of governance institutions

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Eurozone Crisis -- The Way Forward

What must Europe do to turn the crisis into opportunity?

  • Enhancing political vision and fiscal order
  • Developing effective governance frameworks
  • Instituting smart reforms

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The Evolving Role of Business

How is business balancing shareholder and stakeholder demands to respond to the changing expectations of society?

  • Improving accountability and fighting corruption to regain public trust
  • Restructuring value chains to produce multistakeholder value
  • Redesigning the system to reward a long-term mindset

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Experiencing Mindful Leadership

How can mindfulness training enhance leaders' and employees' focus, resilience, compassion and creativity?

  • Examine neuropsychological evidence
  • Enhance self-awareness in leadership
  • Pioneer corporate programmes

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The Food Security Equation

In the face of climate change and increased competition for resources, how can food security be ensured?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Increasing responsible investment
  • Enabling collaboration and knowledge exchange
  • Developing technology solutions
  • Empowering farmers 

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Forum Debate: Religion and Politics

Religious beliefs have immense power to unite, but also to divide. How much religion should leaders incorporate into major decisions about politics, economics and science? Debating this question:

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Forum Debate: The Rise of Unconventional Monetary Policy

Do the near-term benefits of quantitative easing outweigh the long-term risks?

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Forum Debate: Winning the War on Drugs

Should drug use be decriminalized?

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Fostering Entrepreneurial Innovation

How are corporations fostering entrepreneurial innovation in a low-growth environment?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Thinking beyond industry boundaries
  • Crowdsourcing from the marketplace
  • Building capacity for disruption

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From Data Deluge to Data Dividend

How can decision-makers successfully transform the "data deluge" into a "data dividend"?

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From Interdependence to Integration

How can deeper regional cooperation sustain Asia's growing economic interdependence?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Leveraging lessons from ASEAN economic integration
  • Managing unresolved geopolitical differences
  • Strengthening regional institutions and cooperation initiatives

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The Future of Health

How will digital technologies and personalized medicine transform health?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Exploring socio-economic benefits
  • Removing barriers to implementation
  • Leapfrogging innovation in developing countries

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The Future of Higher Education

How are digital norms and technologies transforming higher education?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Shifting to adaptive curricula
  • Enabling personalized learning
  • Revolutionizing access to learning 

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The Future of Space

How will new technologies and applications transform space capabilities?

Dimensions to be addressed

  • Managing natural disasters
  • Monitoring climate
  • Raising awareness about space debris

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The Future Value Chain

How will new consumption and production models transform global value chains?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Exploring new models of economic value creation
  • Shifting to closed-loop models
  • Scaling towards circular economies

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G20 Outlook

What is the role of the G20 in responding to global challenges?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Creating jobs for competitiveness
  • Boosting strategic infrastructure investments
  • Mitigating global economic risks through regulatory reform
  • Ensuring development for all

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The Global Agenda 2013

The Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting will debate the emerging issues of 2013, and their implications for the global economy and their industries.

This session was developed in partnership with CNBC.

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The Global Design Challenge

What are the grand challenges for design in the 21st century?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Creating a sustainable future
  • Closing the poverty gap
  • Understanding and managing complexity
  • Responding to rapid urbanization

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The Global Development Outlook

With the Millennium Development Goals expiring in 2015, what should be at the top of the next development agenda?

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The Global Economic Outlook

What should be at the top of the agenda for the global economy in 2013?

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The Global Education Imperative

How can the international community work together to educate the over 60 million children not in school, build the needed 4 million classrooms and train the necessary 2 million teachers?

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The Global Energy Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the global energy context?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Reduced infrastructure spending
  • Shale gas boom in North America
  • Role of “silent fuels” -- coal and nuclear
  • Geopolitical uncertainties

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The Global Financial Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the global financial context?

  • Limits of monetary policy
  • Eurozone options
  • Real world impact of Basel III and Solvency II
  • Future of shadow banking .

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Global Leadership in Transition

How will leadership transitions around the world impact global cooperation?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Facilitating international trade negotiations
  • Coordinating macroeconomic policy
  • Resolving territorial and maritime disputes

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Global Risks 2013: Digital Wildfires in a Hyperconnected World

The rapid spread of digital misinformation is fuelling social clashes and possibly geopolitical conflict, requiring a rethink of related global risks. This session explores possible contingencies as highlighted in the Global Risks 2013 report. 

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Global Risks 2013: The Dangers of Hubris to Human Health

Due to ongoing abuse and misuse of antibiotics, lethal bacteria are growing immune to the best defences, requiring a rethink of related global risks.

This session explores possible contingencies as highlighted in the Global Risks 2013 report.

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The Global Science Outlook

What should be at the top of the global science agenda in 2013?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Creating new sources of growth
  • Ensuring food and resource security
  • Strengthening decision-making capacity

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The Global Security Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the global security context?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Critical power vacuums and regional responses
  • North Africa, Middle East and South Asia
  • US priorities in the second Obama Administration
  • China's strategic direction under new leadership

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Global Security Outlook

What should be at the top of the security agenda in 2013?

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Global Supply Chain Resilience

How are new approaches in risk management creating global supply chain resilience?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Understanding the nature of past and new risks
  • Developing tools for better risk management
  • Strengthening public-private collaboration

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The Healthcare Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the healthcare context?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Growing emphasis on cost effectiveness
  • Shifting from treatment to prevention
  • Delivering biotech innovations
  • Ageing societies in advanced and emerging economies

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The Human Capital Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the human capital context?

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  • State of the education-skills-jobs nexus
  • Structural nature of youth unemployment
  • Impact of technology on workforce

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The Human Development Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the human development context? Dimensions to be addressed: - Fiscal austerity in advanced economies - Decelerating growth in large emerging economies - Rising inequality in high-growth developing countries

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Improving Decision-making

How can leaders take better decisions in complex, volatile and high-velocity environments? Session objectives: - Understand and manage hardwired biases - Explore impact of high-stake, high-pressure environments - Share strategies to overcome decision paralysis

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In Search of Memory

Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel explains the physiological basis of memory and its implications for understanding memory loss and diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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India's Growth Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the growth context in India?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Upholding inclusive governance and the rule of law
  • Balancing urbanization with modernization of agriculture
  • Expanding partnerships to restore investor confidence

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An Insight, An Idea with Clayton Christensen

A conversation with award-winning author and Harvard Graduate School of Business professor Clayton Christensen on his breakthrough idea on how to fix national finances 

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An Insight, An Idea with Ehud Barak

A conversation with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Israel Ehud Barak on the way forward for the Middle East

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An Insight, An Idea with George Osborne

A conversation with the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom George Osborne on the challenges facing Britain, Europe and the global economy.

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An Insight, An Idea with George Soros

A conversation with George Soros on rebalancing a society that has become critically divided into creditors and debtors

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An Insight, An Idea with Jeannette Wing

A conversation with computer scientist Jeannette Wing on her breakthrough idea about how to spread computational thinking

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An Insight, An Idea with Jim Yong Kim

A conversation with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on his breakthrough idea on emerging trends and transformational opportunities in global development and climate change .

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An Insight, An Idea with Joichi Ito

A conversation with social innovator, entrepreneur and director of the MIT Media Lab Joichi Ito on his breakthrough idea on a world with decentralized innovation. 

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An Insight, An Idea with Joseph E. Stiglitz

A conversation with Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on his powerful critique of the growing price of inequality for economies, democracies and societies

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An Insight, An Idea with Kumi Naidoo

A conversation with renowned activist and Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo on his breakthrough idea for a transformational approach to addressing climate change by redesigning current economic models.

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An Insight, An Idea with Lawrence Summers

A conversation with Harvard University professor Larry Summers on the future of the American public sector

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An Insight, An Idea with Li Daokui

A conversation with top Chinese economist Li Daokui on his breakthrough ideas on China's growth trajectory, economic structural changes and future role in the world economy in the midst of domestic and international tensions

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An Insight, An Idea with Marissa Mayer

A conversation with Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer on her breakthrough ideas on the future of technology

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An Insight, An Idea with Mark Hyman

A conversation with physician and renowned expert in functional medicine Mark Hyman on his breakthrough idea for a new paradigm of systems medicine that addresses root causes and optimizes biological networks to create wellness.

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An Insight, An Idea with Martin Sorrell

A conversation with WPP Chief Executive Officer Sir Martin Sorrell on future growth: where, when and how much?

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An Insight, An Idea with Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak

A conversation with the Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak on his breakthrough idea for initiating and sustaining Malaysia's economic and political transformation

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An Insight, An Idea with Roger Martin

A conversation with award-winning author and dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto Roger Martin on his breakthrough idea to dramatically change the way modern capitalism is regulated

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An Insight, An Idea with Sheena Iyengar

A conversation with business management professor Sheena Iyengar on her breakthrough idea about global leadership.

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An Insight, An Idea with Tim Berners-Lee

A conversation with scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee on what is wrong with social networking

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An Insight, An Idea with Tim Hunt

A conversation with Nobel prize-winning biochemist Tim Hunt on rethinking education to foster curiosity, creativity and competitiveness 

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Integrating Emerging Technologies

How should the ethical, political and social complexities of emerging technologies be navigated?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Communicating risks and opportunities
  • Shaping public perceptions
  • Reconciling regional differences

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Investing for Impact

How are investors addressing the world's growing social and environmental challenges?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Benefits of private equity and venture capital
  • Investment policies for sustainable and inclusive growth
  • Establishment of capital markets for social entrepreneurs

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Is Democracy Winning?

Are democracies best equipped to deal with the increasingly complex challenges of the globalized world?

This session was developed in partnership with the BBC.

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The Japan Growth Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the growth context in Japan?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Economic growth and fiscal sustainability
  • Domestic and international political tensions
  • Implications of an ageing population

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The Latin America Context

What challenges and transformations are shaping the leadership context in Latin America?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Fostering growth and social innovation
  • Impact of the resource boom
  • Nature of the new middle class

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Leading against the Odds

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Leading through Adversity

Are leaders too risk-averse in efforts to bring the economy back on track?

This session was developed in partnership with Time magazine and will be broadcast on CNN Money. 

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Lessons from the Past; Challenges for Years to Come

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Longing for Space

"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it." -- J. M. Barrie

Artist Tomás Saraceno draws inspiration from the science of networks and space to redefine living habitats and communal experiences.

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Meet the Millennials

How is the millennial generation redefining the rules in business and society?

Dimensions to be addressed

  • Generation we or generation me?
  • Norms and values of digital natives
  • Competitive work attitude in a connected world

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Meeting Millennial Expectations

How can we ensure that the expectations of nearly 50% of the world's population are met by today's leaders? An update on the Global Shapers Community, which has spread to 205 cities with over 1,700 leaders under the age of 30

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Meeting the Innovation Imperative

How can business, science and society push the global innovation frontier to meet the needs of a population of 9 billion?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Prioritizing innovations for human development
  • Rethinking partnerships to accelerate impact
  • Building a co-creation paradigm for solutions
  • Aligning science with global challenges

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The Moral Economy: From Social Contract to Social Covenant

How can we ensure that human dignity and common values are at the centre of economic pursuits?

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The Natural Resource Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the natural resource context? Dimensions to be addressed: - Shifting consumption patterns globally - Discovery of new resources - Volatility in supplier countries

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New Centres of Innovation

What makes museums the next labs for innovation?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Transforming conventional learning
  • Creating new hubs for research and development
  • Stimulating debate and critical thinking

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A New Dawn for Central Asia?

As the world struggles to sustain growth, could Central Asia be the next region to watch?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Benefits to the energy sector
  • Economic growth potential
  • Emergence of interregional integration

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New Funding Models

What new funding models are driving innovation and growth in the face of uncertainty?

  • Explore venture capital evolution
  • Define role of private equity
  • Assess emergence of crowdfunding

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A New Vision for Growth

What new vision for growth is needed to achieve inclusive, sustainable and resilient prosperity?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Focusing on productivity and employment
  • Embedding innovation as a growth engine
  • Rethinking cooperation models amid global constraints

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The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

How can societies prepare a new generation of entrepreneurs for future challenges?

  • Identify barriers and opportunities
  • Showcase success stories
  • Develop a vision for entrepreneurship

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The Next Generation Workforce

How are generational and structural shifts reshaping the future of work?

  • Incorporating a millennial mindset of empowerment and flexibility
  • Reconciling age-old wisdom with new-age thinking
  • Building reliable virtual environments for work
  • Leveraging social technology for innovation

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No Growth, Easy Money -- The New Normal?

How do investors and policy-makers navigate in a world of loose monetary policy and low economic growth?

This session was developed in partnership with Bloomberg Television. 

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Objects of Culture

How do artefacts convey the essence of culture?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Evaluating the role of encyclopaedic museums
  • Overturning stereotypes about diverse cultures
  • Mirroring societal change

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On the Road to Dialogue

How can the arts transform conflict into dialogue?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Enabling civic dialogue
  • Breaking down cultural barriers
  • Turning violent neighbourhoods into cohesive communities

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Open Forum: Eurozone -- Solidarity or Domination?

In today's challenging political and financial climate, the Eurozone has many trials ahead. As Europe prepares for the Eurozone 2.0, it will have to balance smart and inclusive growth with smart austerity measures. Is the European dream of solidarity, stability and integration a broken promise?

  • How can we reconcile diverging interests among European nations?
  • Should budgetary discipline be enforced? If so, how?
  • Can Germany effectively run the Eurozone's economic policy?
  • How should the birth defects of the Eurozone be rectified to achieve competitiveness on the global stage?

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Open Forum: Is Religion Outdated in the 21st Century?

While religions are the oldest institutions in the world, they are the slowest to respond to modern issues such as drugs, homosexuality and family relationships. As we move further into the 21st century, it is important to re-examine the place religion holds in the world today.

  • Are we becoming a multi-faith society or one where many have no faith at all?
  • How are religious institutions helping instil tolerance and values in society?
  • How can we reconcile the trends in society's evolution with religious beliefs?
  • How can we foster freedom of speech and at the same time religious freedom?

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Open Forum: Life Lessons from Jazz -- Improvisation as a Way of Life

While retaining its African-American roots, principles and aesthetics, jazz has become one of the world's first truly global music styles. The centrality of improvisation, fluidity of leadership and collective nature of jazz bands have enabled jazz to absorb new traits without sacrificing identity.

  • How do jazz musicians use improvisation to create their art form? How can the processes translate into daily life and enrich our experiences?
  • What can jazz teach us about nurturing our own creativity, interactions and survival skills?
  • How can jazz serve as a strategic model for diplomacy, leadership, collaboration and innovation?

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Open Forum: Mega Sporting Events -- In Whose Interest?

Mega sport events are of great interest to regions all over the word. The costs and benefits of hosting these large-scale events are matters of continuous debate. While they are viewed by some parties as a means to stimulate economic growth, social benefit, tourism, infrastructure improvements and national pride, others are concerned with increased taxes and cost overruns, local disruptions and “white elephant” buildings.

  • Who benefits from hosting mega events? What are the trade-offs?
  • What are the corruption implications? What measures exist to reduce corruption?
  • How much does athletic success matter?
  • Are sporting events staged for infrastructure and nation-building?
  • What happens after the event has taken place?

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Open Forum: NGOs as New Models for the 21st Century

In the past century, businesses have become increasingly proactive corporate citizens, taking on social and environmental causes that were traditionally the domain of international organizations and NGOs. Meanwhile, non-profit institutions have found their management and performance under scrutiny.

As we advance to an era where efficiency and accountability take precedence, how can humanitarian funds be applied most effectively?

  • To whom should NGOs be accountable?
  • What are their roles and responsibilities?
  • Should NGOs be run like businesses?
  • What are the opportunities for businesses and NGOs to collaborate?
  • What are the drivers to create partnerships? 

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Open Forum: Unemployed or Unemployable?

Globally, there is a need to create 600 million productive jobs over the next decade to ensure sustainable growth and preserve social cohesion.

Youth are protesting en masse and the number of university graduates is higher than ever before, yet businesses are struggling to find skilled talent to hire.

  • How can this gap be bridged?
  • Is the unemployment problem a structural or systemic problem?
  • Is the education system at fault, or are the unemployed?
  • Is unemployment high because of economic policy? 

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Open Forum: War against Obesity -- Fat Invoice?

Obesity is the fastest-growing chronic disease, killing 2.8 million adults every year. With 1.4 billion overweight adults, we live in a world where unhealthy food, labour-saving devices, motorized transport and sedentary work are prevalent, and fast food sales are on the rise, blurring the boundaries between meals and snacks.

  • What are the key drivers of the obesity epidemic?
  • What societal and economic priorities challenge efforts to reduce obesity?
  • What policies need to be implemented, and how should they be aligned with business?
  • How can physical activity create a balance between energy intake and output? 

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Our Quantum World

Nobel Laureate in physics Serge Haroche explains the mysteries behind the quantum world and how the ability to manipulate single particles of light can change the world.

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Pathways to a Sustainable Future

How are innovative partnerships accelerating progress on sustainable growth and development?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Defining success factors
  • Scaling bottom-up solutions
  • Supporting multilateral processes

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Pioneering Sustainable Growth

How can pioneers in business and government catalyse growth within planetary boundaries?

  • Understand impact of planetary boundaries
  • Share best practices in business and government
  • Explore implementation opportunities

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Powering Future Growth

How can economies deliver safe, affordable and sustainable energy to drive future growth?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Learning from top-performing countries
  • Determining the optimal energy mix
  • Balancing domestic and global supplies

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Preparing for Ageing

How can leaders prepare for ageing societies?

  • Assess levels of ageing preparedness
  • Define focus areas and key challenges
  • Prioritize policies and opportunities for collaboration

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Preventing a Lost Generation

With more than 14 million young people out of work and disengaged, how can Europe's leaders prevent a lost generation?

This session was developed in partnership with France 24.

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Preventing Protectionism

As the world's leading economies continue to face tough times, how can they ensure that rising levels of protectionism will not derail economic integration?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Accelerating regional cooperation
  • Reducing trade tensions
  • Rethinking labour mobility

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Pundits, Professors and Their Predictions

The world's leading opinion shapers from the media and academia debate scenarios for 2013.

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Rebuilding Europe's Competitiveness

What critical steps are needed to achieve long-term prosperity in Europe?

Session objectives:

  • Design the roadmap to growth
  • Catalyse action among European leaders 

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Resilience in Diversity

With new economic and geopolitical challenges, how will the ASEAN economies unleash the next wave of growth?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Fostering economic integration
  • Supporting Myanmar's transition
  • Strengthening security cooperation

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Resilient Dynamism

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Restoring Europe's Vibrancy

As the European Union pursues the imperative to integrate in the face of political backlash, how can Europe's leaders restore growth and employment?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Sparking and sustaining innovation-driven competitiveness
  • Building stable fiscal, financial and economic architecture
  • Re-engaging voters in national politics 

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Roving on Mars with Curiosity

Scientist John Grotzinger shares groundbreaking discoveries from Mars made possible with the robotic rover Curiosity, pushing technological boundaries to a new order.

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Scaling Social Innovation

How can social innovation be scaled up for greater impact in the region?

  • Leveraging social enterprises for social and environmental challenges
  • Fostering innovative partnerships and financing models
  • Sharing inspiring success stories

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Scenarios for the Russian Federation

Despite a decade of high growth, Russia's economic model is at a turning point. Against a backdrop of significant global vulnerabilities, what is the outlook for the country's economic development?

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The Secrets of Competitiveness

What makes the world's top performing economies more competitive than others?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Implementing competitive strategies
  • Achieving scalability across sectors

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Seeing Is Believing

What does photography show us that we do not already see?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Counting the forgotten
  • Enhancing perceptions of everyday life
  • Enabling the visually impaired to see

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Shaping Digital Norms

How should digital norms and rights evolve in hyperconnected societies?

  • Explore ownership and value of data
  • Balance freedom of expression of the individual with national security
  • Assess a framework that allows innovation and rewards creativity

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Shaping Syria's Future

What are the scenarios for Syria in 2013?

This session was developed in partnership with Al Arabiya. 

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Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

What common themes should pave the way towards the post-2015 development agenda? Session objectives: - Applying complex systems thinking - Focusing on win-win scenarios - Forecasting achievements for 2030 This session is linked to initiatives and communities of the Forum. Dominic Waughray is available to brief participants.

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Shared History

How will future generations learn about their past in an era of decentralized knowledge?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Preserving cultural heritage
  • Developing narratives to define identity
  • Crowdsourcing history through new media

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Shifting Fortunes: Towards a New Climate Framework?

How are shifting political and economic realities in the G20 affecting progress towards a new climate framework?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Stabilizing insecure economic outlook in East and West
  • Changing leadership in US and China
  • Shifting alliances and new partnerships

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Smart Girls

How can women and girls be empowered to catalyse progress on core development goals? Join a special screening of a clip from the film “Girl Rising”, followed by an interactive panel discussion. Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Educate: Increasing literacy and school enrolment
  • Empower: Improving access to health and family planning
  • End poverty: Reducing poverty and hunger

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The Social Technology Context

What strategic shifts and transformational issues are shaping the social technology context?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Unlocking innovation through social media platforms
  • Data-driven approaches to influence consumer choices
  • Changing digital norms and privacy regulations

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The State of the World with Nobel Laureates

Join Nobel prize winners for a conversation on the state of the world and the key imperatives for 2013.

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The State of the World: A Strategic Assessment

Governments worldwide remain in a weakened condition in one of the most uncertain and fragile periods in recent memory. How can nations restore their legitimacy and effectiveness in the current global context?

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STEM + Art = STEAM

How can art and design help science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) unleash entrepreneurial innovation?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Fostering creative problem-solving
  • Translating complex data for broad audiences through visualization
  • Bringing creative ideas to market

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Sustaining High-growth Markets

What are the new opportunities for funding ventures in high-growth economies?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Funding small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Innovating models for high-impact entrepreneurs

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Thinking Ahead with Young Global Leaders

Economies are shifting from manufacturing to knowledge and relying increasingly on creative work. Creativity is central to the emerging 21st century global business landscape. Young Global Leaders give three short talks on the creative economy.

Learn about:

  • Museums at the forefront of the creative economy
  • Harnessing latent creativity
  • The MacGyver Complex: creating opportunity from constraints

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Thinking Ahead with Young Global Leaders

A critical success factor of any economy is its ability to believe in, invest in and engage its own people. Young Global Leaders give short talks on developing three pools in human capital that remain untapped. Learn about:

  • The ability in disability
  • Ageing population in young enterprises
  • Bring on the women "flexperts"

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman explores the science behind human decision-making and how hardwired biases can be overcome.

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Transformations in the Arab World

How can the promise of the Arab Spring be advanced in light of deepening social and political uncertainties?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Creating conditions for consensus-based politics
  • Shaping growth and employment models
  • Responding to regional power shifts

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Transforming Food Systems

How can successful partnership models be scaled to ensure global food security and sustainability?

  • Identify gaps and challenges
  • Explore specific solutions
  • Assess how to scale up pilot projects

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Triggering Sustainable Choices

How can insights into human behaviour be applied to trigger smarter and more sustainable consumer choices?

  • Make sense of behaviour and choice
  • Understand the shifting nature of consumption
  • Outline strategies for smarter choices

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Turning Transparency into Growth

How can anti-corruption become a core element of a company's growth strategy?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Understanding the corruption-competitiveness nexus
  • Engaging SMEs in emerging markets
  • Encouraging industry collective action 

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Unlocking Long-term Capital

How can the supply-demand gap for long-term capital be overcome to fund corporate growth, innovation and infrastructure?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Aligning incentive structures
  • Designing effective public policy
  • Cultivating long-term thinking

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The Values Context

What tensions and transformations are shaping moral debates worldwide?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Economic: stakeholder vs shareholder
  • Geographic: local vs global
  • Generational: young vs old
  • Ideological: religious vs secular

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Visualizing What We Know

Visualization expert Katy Börner explores how digital maps can help navigate today's vast networks of innovation and knowledge.

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Welcoming Address by the Executive Chairman

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Will Washington Work?

What major policy changes are possible in a highly partisan political climate?

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Women in Economic Decision-making

How can gender gaps be closed at the highest levels of economic decision-making?

  • Increasing female graduates in relevant fields
  • Overcoming mid-career development hurdles
  • Exploring potential of regulatory intervention 

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X Factors: Preparing for the Unknown

What new discoveries and emergent phenomena may impact countries, companies and individuals in unforeseen ways?

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