World Economic Forum

Trends turn against Labour

Ben Dilks  |  16 February 2017

Ben Dilks with the latest from the wonk world There could not be a more overt gathering of the ‘global elite’ than the World Economic Forum in Davos. Beneath the shimmer of the Swiss Alps, the £15,000-a-ticket summit plays host to an equally glittering array of world leaders, celebrities and billionaire financiers – the targets of the anti-establishment rhetoric …

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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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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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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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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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We need to understand that the economy has changed

Melanie Smallman  |  22 January 2016

As the world’s rich and powerful meet in Davos for the World Economic Forum this week, Oxfam have re-released the shock statistics that richest 62 people own the same wealth as half of the world. For a Labour party that long ago focused on equality of opportunity, perhaps this should not be of as much …

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We need innovations that empower billions

Adam Lent  |  22 January 2016

The World Economic Forum’s assertion that we are living through an era of unprecedentedly profound technological change is meant to pose one very big question to the world: how can we secure all the benefits of this mammoth shift while avoiding the troubling downsides? Put another way, what measures must we take to ensure that …

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