Sustainability at Davos News Release, Day 2

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The World Economic Forum gathers over 2,500 leaders in business, government, academia and civil society to discuss today’s most pressing global challenges. We bring to you a round-up of key insights captured at sessions, emerging trends and other relevant Davos happenings related to sustainable management and economics.

Inside the Congress Centre (Annual Meeting)

  • (Feature quote) A systems-level approach was taken to identify ecological risks and resilience at the Earth’s Tipping Points session.
  • Again, resilience, especially for and about people, was the key theme for the Designing Smart Cities session.
  • Panelists at the Scaling Social Innovation session focused on the importance of effective financing models and cross-sectoral partnerships for scaling up.
    • Similarly, the session Catalysing Markets through Philanthropy highlighted this need for impact growth, and provided a more technical discussion on the how, with a broader application of beyond social entrepreneurs.
  • The Global Development Outlook with high-profile Davos regulars reviewed the progress of MDGs and outlook on a post-2015 world. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, highlighted the need for “equitable growth within planetary boundaries”.
  • The price of inequality was discussed in An Insight, An Idea with Joseph E. Stiglitz.

Elsewhere in Davos (Open Forum, other)

  • In the session, Mega Sporting Events: In Whose Interest?, panelists including the Swiss president Uerli Maurer answered concerns about the environmental impact of these events, and discussed the opportunities in community and social development.
  • Trombonist and Columbia University professor Chris Washburne demonstrated improvisation with a special jazz performance, and talked about the importance of leadership in organisations (especially in business organisations).

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