Gender Inequality

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Adrian Monck
Managing Director, World Economic Forum Geneva
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1. The Transformation of the World Economic Forum. Professor Klaus Schwab on the Forum’s official recognition as the International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation.

2. Meet the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015. Schwab Foundation awardees are helping in everything from healthcare in the mountains of Nepal to radio in the Palestinian territories.

3. Five social media trends changing Asia. You can already pay for a cab via instant message and use chopsticks that alert you to food scares. What’s coming next?

4. Has the Eurozone turned the corner? A recovery may have started, says Nouriel Roubini. But how can we sustain it?

5. Why you should hire people with autism. Ahead of World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, Ban Ki-moon on how organisations can capitalise on autistic talent.

6. Five ways the world can shift to low-carbon growth. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on how we can get off the path to a 4°C warmer world.

7. Cutting data down to size. All the world’s information can be stored in DNA and it would fit in the back of a SUV, argues molecular biologist Nick Goodman in this World Economic Forum video.

8. These social innovators are transforming the world. (Huffington Post)

9. Scramble for women directors as companies miss deadline. Cites data from The Global Competitiveness Report. (Bloomberg)

10. Virtual reality looks for a role in journalism. Film-making technology premiered in Davos is helping tell stories from Syria and around the world. (BBC)

11. Russia just proposed a superhighway that would connect New York and London. Uses data on the costs of road-building in the US and Russia from The Global Competitiveness Report. (

12. CEOs “have been trained to hide vulnerabilities”. But to win trust as a leader, you need to show your humanity. Cites Forum research. (HBR)

13. Exoskeletons are arriving. Scientists have built mechanical boots that make walking easier. Medical and industrial applications will follow as technology starts improving on evolution.

14. Is China getting more for its money in military spending? New research suggests China’s costs are much lower than previously thought and that it could soon match US military spending.

15. The melting Greenland ice sheet is creating an avalanche of water. It appears to be slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation creating concerns about sea levels, the Gulf Stream and marine ecosystems.

16. Is finance really bad for society? No. But Luigi Zingales says that economists need to start explaining why not to a sceptical public.

17. Interest in Bitcoin is growing on Wall Street. Consumers remain wary of the 6-year-old digital currency, but the corporate world sees its potential as a useful back-office tool.

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Author: Adrian Monck is Managing Director and head of Public Engagement at the World Economic Forum.

Image: A man sits on a deck chair in warm Easter weather on Brighton beach in southern England April 7, 2007. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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