Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2012 Creating the Future Economy
The Summer Davos has become synonymous with all the good things that make the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos such an extraordinary event: an unrivalled spirit of collegiality; intense engagement with issues and ideas; and a collective will to work together for a better future. At the same time, the Annual Meeting of the New Champions – after six years in China – has its own particular character, building on the dynamism, entrepreneurialism and environment of hope of its host country. This year’s Meeting in Tianjin was bolstered by the full and generously provided support of the city.
Veterans of this Meeting have come to love its special blend of excitement and intellectual ferment, while newcomers are surprised and encouraged by the innovations in thinking, new models and potential for true transformation. The Meeting comes at a challenging moment for the global economy. With developed countries burdened by old systems, situations and obligations, the world is looking East and South for growth. Yet both China and India, comprising one-third of the 7 billion people on Earth, are facing economic complexities for which only fresh thinking and new models can provide solutions.
The theme of this year’s Meeting, Creating the Future Economy, gets right to the point. The New Champions – the vibrant and growing communities of Global Growth Companies, Young Global Leaders, Social Entrepreneurs, Technology Pioneers, Young Scientists and our newest community harnessing the voice of energetic youth, the Global Shapers – are the companies, individuals and organizations that will build the economies of the future and work to improve the state of the world. The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is where they encounter the ideas, trends and issues on which they will build their businesses, societies and lives.