From January 22-25, the world looked to the sedate health resort in the Swiss Alps for answers. This was where the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) took place. It brought together 2,500 representatives of business, politics, and academia, as well as other influencers from more than 100 countries, to discuss the world’s pressing problems.
This year, the motto of the event – long overshadowed by the euro crisis – was “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics, and Business”. The range of topics was enormous, but problems like overcoming the debt crisis, reducing unemployment – in particular among young people – and the global monetary policy were still the center of attention.
Unemployment, entrepreneurship, and millennials: equal opportunities for young people
SAP co-CEOs Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe were on a mission to show how people and technology can make a difference in a global, digital world. They were especially concerned about Millennials and equal opportunities for young people, as well as building their IT-skills. They talked with young entrepreneurs and Young Global Leaders about social media, and how to balance their digital lives and their work.
The World Economic Forum has evolved from a modest attempt to convene European corporate stakeholders to discuss business strategies into an organization that today is widely regarded as the world’s foremost multi-stakeholder platform for public-private partnership. This year’s participants included high-profile personalities like Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, Joseph Jimenez, CEO of Novartis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Hollywood-actor Matt Damon. For the first time in a century, an Iranian president – Hassan Rouhani – took part as well.