World Economic Forum

ICT Health in the UK: Building on Success

Jane Richardson | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK
Jane Richardson

So how did the UK fare? Well, overall quite well. We indexed at number eight - a gain of one point on last year and well ahead of regional economic partners such as France (26) and Germany (13). But even at number eight, there is room for improvement; not least when it comes to skills development.

Be Interested, and Interesting for Networking Success

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lindsay Pattison

It's not what you know, but who you know, as the saying goes. While I lean towards a healthy combination of the two - determination and a healthy love of hard work being crucial for growing both your personal and business 'brands' - there's no doubt that getting yourself out there is important.

Four Conclusions from Davos

Christiana Figueres | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Tech
Christiana Figueres

Davos 2015 accelerated the understanding of the economic desirability and the technical ability to meet the climate challenge. The alpine village was intensely cold, but the sun was shining and the mountains shone majestically calling us all to new heights of understanding and effort.

Davos 2016: One Year to Solve The Case

Claudia Delpero | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

It may be a rebalance of the economic powers, but the planet is far from being the place of equality. Oxfam claims that "in 2010, it took 388 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom half of the world's population and by 2014, the figure had fallen to just 80 billionaires." If the trend continues, warns the humanitarian group, in two years the richest 1% will have more than the remaining 99%.

Will The Internet Become So Big That It'll 'Disappear'?

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Tech

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has predicted that in the future the internet will 'disappear' from our lives. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in...

Ethics is a Global Issue

Susan Liautaud | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Susan Liautaud

Professor Schwab has put ethics on the WEF agenda for the first time. He is right that trust has suffered and that ethics is critical...with a few nuances.

'The World's Richest 1% Will Own More Than The Other 99%'

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics

The world's richest 1% will own more than the other 99% by next year, Oxfam has warned. The anti-poverty charity has issued this stark message on g...

Disrupting Davos

Simon Zadek | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Simon Zadek

My Davos this year fits this picture. I am co-leading a two-year inquiry established by the United Nations Environment Program into how to change financial and capital markets in ways that align the behavior of lenders and investors with our need to live inclusively within our planetary boundaries.

The £117 per Hour Childcare Subsidy

Martin Whitlock | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

To make sense of this the government needs to understand that caring does not function like the money economy. Time spent on it is not a cost to society, but a vital benefit, and the more of it a society can do, the richer it becomes.

Understanding the Attitudes and Behaviours of Internet Users in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Compared to their global counterparts, online users in the Middle East are among the most enthusiastic about the positive impact that the Internet is having on their lives.

Fresh Thinking on 'Rebalancing'- What Can China and the UK Learn From Each Other?

Rain Newton-Smith | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Rain Newton-Smith

I was recently in China for the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of New Champions. This 'summer Davos' draws Global Growth companies, tech entrepreneurs, young global leaders and scientists from around the world each September...

The World Economic Forum's Competitiveness Contradiction

John Bunzl | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
John Bunzl

As the gap between rich and poor continues to widen and as marchers around the world protest at the on-going lack of action on climate change, it's surely high time for the WEF, governments and global justice campaigners alike to ponder how the 'Competitiveness Contradiction' might be resolved.

Global Competitiveness: Good But Room for Improvement

Chris Jones | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

The annual report ranks the wealth and productivity of a country, and shows how good its long-term economic policies are. But even though we may perceive ourselves as forward-thinking, we aren't beating the likes of Singapore, Japan, and The Netherlands. So what's the secret for reaching the top?

Nigeria's May Day: Northern Christians Cry for Help

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

We pray that God will help our security forces bring Boko Haram's campaign of hate to a swift end before the whole country is sucked into a religious war.... Nigerians are proud people. We are able to take care of our own problems and often are the first to offer assistance to other African neighbours. But we are desperate and we are fighting for our lives. We cannot let evil triumph.

Planet Appetite: Ski Adventures in Davos and Klosters, Switzerland

Rupert Parker | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

If you been awed by news reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos, then you might not immediately think of it as a holiday destination. The twin villages of Davos and Klosters are magnets for both royals and world leaders but they're also attractive ski destinations with a literary past

Hodge Slams 'Two-Faced' Coalition Over Stopping Tax Dodgers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Politics

Margaret Hodge has accused the "two-faced" coalition of not being "assertive" enough in its crack down on corporations avoiding tax. The Public Ac...

Brazilian Paper Loves Osborne And His 'Rosy Cheeks'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne may have his critics in Britain but he will be more than delighted to know he is a "transformer" who has "never stopped to amaze". I...

Travelling the World Without the Jetlag

Francine Lacqua | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Francine Lacqua

Another jam-packed Davos has come to an end, and with it, numerous business deals secured - it is understood that AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, has discussed potential European acquisitions with the region's top telecommunications official, Neelie Kroes - as well as policy ideas between governments thrashed out behind closed doors...

Reflections on Davos: It's Not Just Women Who Are Working Towards Gender Equality

Cherie Blair | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

Last week, I attended my sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland. I attended many of the sessions in and out of the forum and there was no shortage of women's faces. But appearances can be deceptive. Many women attending did so, not as delegates but as staffers or spouses of the delegates. Sadly this year among the 2,500 delegates, only 16% were female, down from 17% in 2013 - its highest ever. Yet, despite this, there was a real feeling that it was time to get serious about ensuring that 50% of the world's population get their fair share of the world's resources.

Climate Change May Trigger the Next Financial Crisis

Jane Burston | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Jane Burston

This year, a semblance of calm had returned. With the immediate crisis receding, different conversations were again possible - social entrepreneurship, sustainability and society were back on the menu alongside the staple diet of financial performance.

Why Davos Has Left Me With the Feeling That 2014 Is the Year the World Can and Must Rise to the Climate Challenge

Christiana Figueres | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

The mood, ambition and announcements at the World Economic Forum in Davos has left me feeling more energized and confident than ever that 2014 will be the year when the world can and must come together to meet the growing challenge of climate change and seize the opportunities manifest in a transition to a low carbon economy.

Fracking: Are Environmentalists Missing the Point?

John Bunzl | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

With Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of fracking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, it seems environmentalists still haven't understood what they're up against. For the problem isn't fracking, but something broader, more global, and far more pervasive.

WATCH: Did Cameron Just Curse British Model Maker Hornby?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron took to the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos to trumpet the British businesses moving their operations increasingly back to Br...

Whole-System Thinking Is Key in the Quality Versus Cost Debate

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Global leaders gathering in Davos this week once again find the world's response to growing healthcare pressures high on their agenda. Good health - both mental and physical - remains one of the most pressing social and economic issues of our time, consuming the largest share of the world's GDP and growing.

Casino Banking Is Incompatible With a Democratic Society

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

I believe that what the financial crisis has demonstrated most importantly is that unless we have the operation of finance under democratic control we cannot truly claim to live in a democracy: the objective of Green Party policy outlined in our new report Stepping Outside the Casino is to achieve this democratic control.