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Cultural Leaders

The World Economic Forum Cultural Leaders are a network of artists and cultural institutions committed to improving the state of the world. They engage with each other and with the other communities of the World Economic Forum with the intention to: 


  • Broaden their understanding of global issues

  • Expand the reach of their work and make connections across sectors 

  • Influence high-level decision making 

  • Create real world impact

Cultural Leaders are invited by the World Economic Forum to collaborate in its activities and to leverage its platform in one or more of the following ways:

Events: as participants in global and regional summits, such as the Annual Meeting in Davos and Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China
Digital: as thought leaders and contributors to the Forum's blog Agenda (4.5 million visitors per month), social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), and the Forum's knowledge platform, the Transformation Maps
Governance: in their roles as members of the Forum's Board of Trustees, event Co-Chairs, members of Global Future Councils, or stewards of the System Initiatives
Projects: as co-producers on initiatives and projects that have impact beyond the Forum, such as the Emmy Award winning virtual reality film Collisions or the first international tour of the Afghan Women's Orchestra

See a selection of artists in action at our recent events:

The Crystal Award

The Crystal Award celebrates leading artists who are role models and exemplify the Forum’s mission of improving the state of the world. Now in its 24th year, the award is bestowed each year in Davos and marks the start of the Annual Meeting. Awardees are active in one of the following areas: cross-cultural understanding, peace-making, social inclusion, the environment, health, education, and food security.

Awardees are selected by the members of the World Economic Forum’s arts advisory body, the World Arts Forum, chaired by Ms. Hilde Schwab.

Watch the 2017 Crystal Awards Ceremony:

Contact

Want to join this network? Contact us at culturalleaders@weforum.org.

Some Cultural Leaders are also members of other Forum communities, such as Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, Social Entrepreneurs or Young Scientists.