Advances in technology will cause a loss of more than 7 million jobs in the world’s biggest economies within the next five years, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report released to coincide with its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. And because of their low participation in computer and engineering-related fields, women are expected to lose out the most.
So much of the talks surrounding tech disruption deals with industry sectors and change in behavioral patterns—but can disruption change how we take care of our mental health? Health care disruption is a big issue on the Davos agenda this year. The technologies underpinning the fourth industrial revolution have countless implications for the automatisation and improvement of global health care practices. From robotic arms performing surgery to 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, the human body is becoming increasingly high-tech. Not as highlighted on the official Davos agenda is a less tangible issue—mental health.
Pro Journo’s Stefan Hilsner and Nicole Pfefferle interview Anders Wijkman, vice-president of the Club of Rome and a senior advisor at the Stockholm Environmental Institute at the World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Wijkman, one of ‘circular economy’s’ leading promoters, discusses how it can change our societies where the environmental movement has gone wrong in its efforts to convince people to act to save the planet.
Peter White is chief operating officer for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, having taken up the post after a long corporate career at Procter & Gamble. Here, he talks with Pro Journo about how companies can incorporate sustainability into their businesses—while still making a profit—and how attitudes in the corporate world are changing towards this.
Two leading promoters of female equality, Dr. Alice Kaudia, Kenya’s environment secretary and Dianne Dillon Ridgley, acclaimed women’s rights activist and environmentalist, discuss why many women are already practicing circular economy, how women’s associations can help achieve gender parity and why women still need affirmative action.