World Economic Forum 2016

Labour must embrace the fourth industrial revolution

Alvin Carpio  |  25 January 2016

The theme at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting was the tech revolution and the threats and opportunities that exponential digital advances present governments, businesses, and civil society. I was there, having been selected to represent the United Kingdom. I currently lobby governments and politicians to address poverty, and at this 2,500-strong meeting of top business leaders, international political …

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Look to Davos for partners for a new kind of growth

Stephen Kinnock MP  |  22 January 2016

I worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva from January 2009 until 2012, and I will never forget the febrile mood of my first Davos in January 2009, just a few months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. I don’t mean the personal sense of ‘new kid on the block’ trepidation that I was experiencing, …

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Making the fourth industrial revolution work for workers

Frances O'Grady  |  22 January 2016

The world of work is already well on its way to a new revolution. Workers change jobs, employers and careers far more frequently than ever before. There are new opportunities in industries that did not even exist ten years ago – plus technology continues to disrupt how existing jobs and sectors work. We welcome the …

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Britain cannot afford to be complacent

Angela Eagle MP  |  22 January 2016

As David Cameron arrives at Davos this week for the World Economic Forum he should spend less time rubbing shoulders with celebrities at star-studded parties and give the martinis a miss to focus on another cocktail – what George Osborne has himself suddenly described as the ‘cocktail of threats’ facing Britain. Both Cameron and Osborne …

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Labour renewal for the fourth industrial revolution

Liam Byrne MP  |  22 January 2016

Just as the Labour movement was born in the giant factories of the Victorian age, so we will be reborn in the giant networks of fourth industrial revolution. These are the networks that connect hi-tech engineering firms, Uber drivers, ‘Mumpreneurs’, call centres and shopping centres, logistics hubs and incubators – along with public servants up …

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The business strategy for sustainable development

Carina Larsfälten  |  22 January 2016

This week in Davos, some 2,500 of the most influential leaders have come together to discuss global megatrends and their impact on business and society. Against the backdrop of last year’s agreements on the sustainable development goals and climate, it is not surprising that most of the discussions focus on how to now make this happen. The …

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Rules to share

Brhmie Balaram  |  22 January 2016

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is upon us, with all the challenges that that brings for the way we live, consume and do business – so the argument runs at this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos currently taking place. Interacting with this is the shift towards the ‘sharing economy’ – also an area of great and …

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Keeping the discussion going so we can all to shape the change

Adrian Monck  |  22 January 2016

The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos took place this year against a complicated and fragile global backdrop. Financial markets are nervous. Geopolitics is fraught. Global business is caught in the eye of a hurricane of digital change. The planet’s environment is under strain. How do you take global leaders out of their immediate …

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Labour, social enterprise and B Corps 

Tom McNeil  |  22 January 2016

This week the World Economic Forum in Davos hosts more than 1,000 chief executives and company chairs, and more 40 world leaders to discuss the future of global business and economics. It is at events like this that Labour should take the opportunity to endorse the exciting concept of social enterprise. The Labour party needs …

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A dynamic economy encourages innovation across our society

Stephen Beer  |  22 January 2016

Delegates at the World Economic Forum this week will be talking about the implications of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. The claim is that this revolution is characterised by the combination of different technologies, linking the physical, digital, and biological worlds. Could a future Labour party conference consider the implications of this development for Labour policy? …

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