In a world of growing uncertainty and mounting performance pressure, it’s understandable that resilience has become a very hot topic. Everyone is talking about it and writing about it. We all seem to want to develop more resilience.
Economic imbalances and social inequality risk reversing the gains of globalization, warns the World Economic Forum in its report Global Risks 2012. These are the findings of a survey of 469 experts and industry leaders who worry that the world’s institutions are ill-equipped to cope with today’s interconnected, rapidly evolving risks. The findings of the survey fed into an analysis of three major risk cases: Seeds of Dystopia; Unsafe Safeguards and the Dark Side of Connectivity. The report also analyses the top 10 risks in five categories - economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
Without action, global demand for water could outstrip supply by up to 40 percent by 2030. Rapid population growth and economic development, particularly in emerging markets, will increase the need for food and energy and accelerate industrialization and urbanization, driving a corresponding increase in the need for water. At the same time, many scientists warn that temperatures may rise around the world, potentially increasing water scarcity. The climate may also become less predictable, possibly compounding the challenge by increasing
The world is a complicated place.When the design student Thomas Thwaites decided to reverse-engineer a toaster, he discovered that it comprised 400 components; when Eric Beinhocker, then of the McKinsey Global Institute, tried to estimate the...
Water Crisis Hitting Food, Energy – And Everything Else - How much water does it take to turn on a light? It took 10,000 litres to make your jeans. Another three big bathtubs of water was needed for your two-eggs-toast-coffee breakfast this morning.
Traditional economics views markets as simply the confluence of supply and demand. A new field of economics, known as “market design,” recognizes that well-functioning markets depend on detailed rules.
There is a need for a user-centric identity, privacy and trust on the internet, to power the digital economy. It's a major issue, and a solution that relies on crowd-sourcing is being proposed by Respect Network.