The World Economic Forum – Platforms

Originally Published October 19th, 2020

The World Economic Forum's Platforms

I’ve been familiarizing myself with the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset Website, and thought it may be helpful to have a reference for all of their different areas of focus
 
It’s painfully obvious to the rest of us that whatever ideologies these organizations are pushing, they don’t seem to be driving the narratives of freedom of choice, privacy, or democracy at their core.
 
And strangely enough, they are quite open about their objectives, and goals.
 READ MORE about their official “Sustainability goals” here: what are the sustainable development goals?” 
 
I challenge you to take a browse through the World Economic Forum website with an intentionally objective set of glasses on, 
 
and ask yourself as you do, 
“What would they have to gain if everything goes according to their plan?”  
 
and also at the same time, 
“What would they have to lose if it all goes according to their plan?”   
 

I will make a dedicated post for each of these, but for now just wanted to provide the resources so that people can look up the information themselves in the meantime.

The description they give on their main platforms homepage states that participants are businesses, governments and civil society who are undertaking initiatives to define problems, search for solutions and take action. Platforms are offered by The Forum to integrate and aggregate the world’s efforts to address various challenges, while feeding into interconnected global systems, and attracting wider public attention for more impact. You’ll notice their common theme is “shaping the future”. 

Do we, as citizens, get a say in anything that happens? Is this a way for them to bypass our existing democratic systems? Take a look for yourself.

Descriptions

CONTEXT:

“The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has disrupted lives, livelihoods, communities and businesses worldwide. All stakeholders, especially global business, must urgently come together to minimize its impact on public health and limit its potential for further disruption to lives and economies around the world.

But the sum of many individual actions will not add up to a sufficient response. Only coordinated action by business, combined with global, multistakeholder cooperation – at exceptional scale and speed – can potentially mitigate the risk and impact of this unprecedented crisis.”

The spread of COVID-19 demands global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community. This multistakeholder cooperation is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

The Centre for Cybersecurity is leading the global response to address systemic cybersecurity challenges and improve digital trust.As technological advances and global interconnectivity accelerate exponentially in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, unprecedented systemic security risks and threats are undermining trust and growth. The World Economic Forum's Centre for Cybersecurity is an independent and impartial global platform committed to fostering international dialogues and collaboration between the global cybersecurity community both in the public and private sectors. We bridge the gap between cybersecurity experts and decision makers at the highest levels to reinforce the importance of cybersecurity as a key strategic priority. Our Community has identified the following three key priorities: Building Cyber Resilience - enhance cyber resilience by developing and scaling forward-looking solutions and promoting effective practices across digital ecosystems.Strengthening Global Cooperation - increase global cooperation between public and private stakeholders by fostering a collective response to cybercrime, and jointly addressing key security challenges.Understanding Future Networks and Technology - identify future cybersecurity challenges and opportunities related to Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and envision solutions which help build trust.Founding PartnersAccenture, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Salesforce, Saudi Aramco, SberbankGovernments, International Organizations, Academia and Civil SocietyCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, Europol, FIDO Alliance, Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), INTERPOL, Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), Oman Information Technology Authority (ITA), Organization of American States (OAS), Republic of Korea National Information Resources Service (NIRS), Saudi Arabia National Cybersecurity Authority, Swiss Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), University of Oxford, UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Anticipating how pioneering technologies, innovative business models and new partnerships are transforming business’s ability to drive economic and societal impact.Production is more than manufacturing – it encompasses everything from research and development to design, consumer behaviour and end-of-use cycles. It includes multiple industries as diverse as automotive, chemicals, electronics, healthcare and textiles. While manufacturing has been the foremost source of growth, jobs and innovation globally, production also contributes heavily to CO2 emissions and climate change. Emerging technologies are transforming the world of production, enabling more efficient processes and creating new value for industry, society and the environment.Our Platform brings together a diverse community of 130+ organizations from more than 22 industry sectors, governments, academic institutions and civil society, to accelerate inclusive technology while stimulating innovation, sustainability and employment. The community evaluates and proposes pilots, examines the latest approaches in skills development, drives improvements in partnerships and informs business model transformations and next generation industrial development strategies.Our Platform enables solutions to the greatest challenges facing multiple industries, accelerating the growth of advanced manufacturing while helping stakeholders fulfil their social responsibility.

Creating responsible models of consumption for the benefit of business and society.The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the consumption landscape by creating opportunities for value through game-changing technologies. With consumer spending driving approximately 60% of global GDP, embracing the power of technology to create value is paramount to ensuring progress throughout developed and emerging economies. Our Platform, with an engagement of over 150 organizations, has prioritized specific initiatives to leverage this opportunity. Together we work to meet consumer expectations amid changing demographics. We drive the adoption of new technologies poised to transform value chains (from artificial intelligence to the internet of things and blockchain). Our Platform supports innovative customer relationship models, while addressing trust and transparency concerns in the world of big data. With our Members and Partners, we tackle ensuing societal challenges including urban-rural divides, environmental degradation due to overconsumption, and worker reskilling to mitigate inequality.

Navigating industry disruptions, transitioning to a new normal.The Platform on Digital Economy and New Value Creation helps companies leverage technology to be agile in the face of disruption and to create the new digitally enabled business models for a new normal – post-COVID, purpose driven, sustainable and inclusive.The unprecedented disruption by COVID-19 is accelerating the urgency for agility, adaptability and transformation. Industry structures and business models are being disrupted – and the digitalization of the economy is being rapidly accelerated. An estimated 70% of new value created in the economy over the next decade will be based on digitally enabled platform business models. However, 47% of the world’s population remain unconnected to the internet. This Platform leverages its extensive community of over 500 senior leaders and depth of digital transformation expertise to equip companies to respond to challenges of today and lead into the economy of tomorrow.

Supporting business, governments and society in building resilience to today’s challenges while undertaking the transformations necessary to deliver on the energy, materials and infrastructure needed for the future.Today’s global energy, materials and infrastructure sectors are characterized by significant shifts that are creating new opportunities. New trends and technologies are changing energy production, delivery and consumption. In parallel, and under the current production-consumption model, world demand for raw materials could double by 2060.Investment, innovation and public-private collaboration are needed to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, secure and affordable energy system while optimizing the net social and economic value delivered by materials and infrastructure. Strong partnerships and commitments throughout value chains are essential for those sectors to power the systemic changes needed to deliver on the promise of a net-zero world.Our Platform is focused on accelerating the effective transition of the energy, materials and infrastructure that build the foundations of a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive society. We bring together leaders from the electricity, oil and gas, mining and metals, chemicals, and construction industries.

Not surprisingly, they choose to not disclose who their global partners are on their “Future of Energy” platform home page like all of the others they have listed.

SUB PLATFORMS: FUTURE OF ENERGY

Building a more efficient, resilient and equitable international financial system that protects customers, enabling saving and investment for growth while supporting the creation of jobs and enterprises.Financial and monetary systems represent the cornerstone of economic activity. Over the past decade, important steps have been taken to strengthen system resilience. At the same time, a rapid transformation of the system is defining new economic poles, driving power away from public institutions to non-state actors, and accelerating technological disruption, with significant implications for existing and future value chains and employment. Demographic shifts and political polarization are also significantly influencing the system.Our Platform provides an impartial and trusted space for stakeholders to connect, identify shared needs and collaborate to navigate challenges faced by the financial services industry.

Accelerating actions on climate change and environmental sustainability, food systems, the circular economy and value chains, and the future of international development.Global ecological systems are straining under the burden of nearly 8 billion people consuming within the planet’s limited boundaries. The shared resources that sustain humanity are under severe strain, with the climate, oceans and food systems facing unprecedented crises. These crises are exacerbated by a global economy that is extremely inequitable and an international governance system that is under acute stress. Amid this, the future of the international development system itself is under scrutiny, as it becomes clear that government alone cannot deliver on the global UN Sustainable Development Goals or the Paris Agreement on climate change.Our Platform enables leaders from the public and private sectors and civil society worldwide to form exceptional, cross-cutting communities of action that collaborate at speed and scale, harness the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and trigger systems change.Partnering with over 150 of the world’s leading companies and 50 international and civil society organizations, our Platform focuses on four key initiatives: the circular economy and global value chains, climate change, environment and natural resource security, food systems and international development.

The Platform for Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare serves the mission to ensure every person on earth has equal access to the highest standards of health and healthcare by keeping populations healthy and delivering the best care. In the next decade, healthcare delivery systems will transform radically. Our current capital intensive, hospital-centric model is unsustainable and ineffective. The Future of Health and Healthcare leverages a data-enabled delivery system and virtual care, integrated across the continuum of care from precision prevention to personalized care delivery, with most health services offered in appropriate settings.To achieve the mission, the Platform for Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare supports stakeholders in the global health and healthcare ecosystem prepare for the future by 1) encouraging new models of collaboration/partnership in addressing challenges, creating opportunities and scaling existing best-in-class initiatives in public-private coalitions, and 2) raising awareness, building a shared understanding and driving collective action to leverage the Fourth Industrial Revolution to transform the health and healthcare systems. 

SUB PLATFORMS: FUTURE OF HEALTH & HEALTHCARE
 

Enabling Stakeholder Capitalism Across the Entire Investment Value ChainThe purpose of the global investment system is to enable the efficient allocation of capital to improve economic outcomes. However, as today’s world is excessively driven by short-term pressures (for example, the need to deliver returns on a quarterly basis), this system has become ineffective in responding to new, unprecedented economic, environmental and social challenges. Research has found a $6.7 trillion investment gap to tackle challenges including climate change, global inequalities, water scarcity, and more. Coordinated, multistakeholder action is necessary to address these challenges and therefore rebalance the investment system.In this spirit, the Future of Investing Platform is implementing stakeholder capitalism across the investment value chain by addressing three priority areas: -Governance -Transformational investment -ESG Metrics and Disclosures

Identifying new business models for content and distribution, transforming the way consumers are informed and entertained around the world.Media, entertainment and sport have been radically disrupted over the last decade through the introduction of the internet, social media, user-generated content, video streaming and various other technological breakthroughs. Business models have been upended and entire industry systems have been transformed or disappeared completely. What remains is a weakened media ecosystem, vulnerable to failure and abuse.Together with our Members and Partners, we are creating a new media system between content creators, distributors and consumers. Our Platform enables business, government and civil society to work together and reinforce key areas affected by the current era of digital disruption – addressing the value in media, from the stability of the content supply chain to responsible data and secure consumer privacy and protection. A new understanding of the value created in media is essential to meet the growing demands of the public, which increasingly expects free access to any type of content, wherever and whenever they want.Our Platform aggregates solutions to major industry disruptions while driving greater social cohesion and helping companies remain accountable to their responsibility for global social good.

Accelerating the global transition to safer, cleaner and more inclusive transportation systems, optimizing the delivery of goods and ensuring easy access to mobility for everyone.Mobility – the movement of people and goods – provides access to jobs, education, healthcare and trade. Yet today’s mobility systems cannot meet future demand without increasing congestion and pollution. We are seeking to change that by providing a platform where business leaders can partner with policy-makers to develop a global mobility system that is safe, clean and inclusive.The world’s population will swell to 10 billion by 2050. In the face of this rapid growth, mobility systems in megacities are being overstretched while rural areas are falling further behind. How can sustainable and inclusive mobility be ensured? Cutting-edge technologies such as autonomous vehicles (AVs), biometrics and drones are creating opportunities to transform mobility by enabling innovative business models and mobility services for new and changing customer demographics.Our Platform brings the world’s major mobility companies together with key stakeholders across all sectors to create mobility systems and guidelines that meet 21st-century demands.

Accelerating the societal benefits of artificial intelligence and machine learning while ensuring equity, privacy, transparency, accountability and social impact.Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Its effect can be seen in homes, businesses and even public spaces. In its embodied form of robots, it will soon be driving cars, stocking warehouses and caring for the young and elderly. AI holds the promise of solving some of society’s most pressing issues, but also presents challenges such as inscrutable “black box” algorithms, unethical use of data and potential job displacement.As rapid advances in machine learning (ML) increase the scope and scale of AI’s deployment across all aspects of daily life, and as the technology can learn and change on its own, multistakeholder collaboration is required to optimize accountability, transparency, privacy and impartiality to create trust.Our Platform brings together key stakeholders from the public and private sectors to co-design and test policy frameworks that accelerate the benefits and mitigate the risks of AI and ML. Project areas include standards for protecting children, creating an AI regulator for the 21st century, and addressing the unique challenges of facial recognition technology.

Ensuring equity, interoperability, transparency and trust in the governance of distributed ledger technology – and accelerating the necessary changes for this technology to reach its full potential.Blockchain, an early-stage technology enabling the decentralized and secure storage and transfer of information, could become a powerful tool for tracking and transactions that can minimize friction, reduce corruption, increase trust and empower users. While still nascent, cryptocurrencies built on distributed ledger technologies (DLT) have emerged as potential gateways to new wealth creation and disrupters across financial markets. Other revolutionary use cases are being explored in almost every sector, ranging from energy and shipping to media. DLT has the potential to transform entire systems, but it also faces challenges, including lack of interoperability, security threats, centralization of power and unwillingness to experiment due to recent overhype.A systemic and inclusive approach to this technology can help ensure that everyone – from the most marginalized members of society to the most powerful – benefits from its transformative potential.Our Platform works with Partners and Members to advance a systemic and inclusive approach to governing DLT, to ensure that everyone can benefit from this powerful technology.

Co-designing, piloting and scaling forward-looking, interoperable, and trustworthy data policies to fuel innovation and accelerate responsible use of data.Data fuels the Fourth Industrial Revolution. More data is being generated than ever before, with the global volume of data predicted to double between 2018 and 2022, and double again between 2022 and 2025. Although an unprecedented amount of data flows across borders and devices, the regulatory environment for data localization remains fractured. The more than 120 data privacy laws currently in place globally have created more uncertainty than ever before. Much of the data needed to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges lies siloed in both public and private sources, with an array of regulatory, commercial and social risks preventing the sharing of data, even for social good. Our Platform focuses on maximizing data use to benefit society while protecting users from risks associated with the data economy.

Working to support debate and collaborative action on international trade and investment for recovery, growth and sustainable development. The COVID-19 pandemic adds a massive shock to global markets that were already strained by trade tensions. Going forward, actors must contend with a trade landscape where business face significant uncertainty, and governments are looking to minimize the economic fall-out on citizens.Our Platform works with a range of stakeholders to inform business and policy debate on critical trade and investment issues. We drive practical collaborative steps for growth and development, critical now more than ever.The Platform currently focuses on trade shocks, tensions and governance; digital trade; new questions around industrial policy, tax and competition; investment and trade facilitation to poorer nations; and embedding sustainability into the future of value chains. 

Transforming the spaces in which we live, work and play to enable a more sustainable, resilient and prosperous future for all. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink the way we live. It is transforming industries and how we do business. It is intensifying social and environmental crises in our communities. And it is challenging fundamental assumptions and global trends, such as urbanization, that have cemented over more than 200 years since the First Industrial Revolution.

As the world prepares to build back stronger and better, we have new tools available to support this effort. A growing suite of connected devices and smart technologies, commonly referred to as the internet of things (IoT), offers a means to reimagine and transform physical spaces—our homes, offices, factories, farms, healthcare facilities and public spaces—to be more adaptive, customized and even anticipate new needs before they arise. New models for public-private cooperation and shared community services are also changing the way in which cities provide services to residents and business, blurring the lines between government and the private sector.

The World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of the Internet of Things and Urban Transformation is working with more than 100 global partners to ensure that these changes deliver a future that is more sustainable, resilient and prosperous for all. This includes, for example, initiatives with the Government of Brazil to support small and medium-sized enterprises and advance social mobility, collaboration with the G20 to modernize city services, and partnerships with wearables companies to help manage and avert the spread of COVID-19.

 

Key initiatives:

Future of the Connected World

The events of 2020 have forever changed the trajectory of IoT and its role in society. New applications of IoT – from public health surveillance to global supply chain integration – are delivering enormous benefits while also drawing attention to significant gaps in the governance of these technologies. Together with global leaders from across the IoT ecosystem, our Platform is driving collective action to help realize the potential of IoT and build a connected world that benefits all. Learn more at https://www.weforum.org/connectedworld

 

Future of Cities

COVID-19 and the global economic crisis is forcing cities to revisit and recalibrate long-term strategic plans and economic development strategies. Our Platform provides an independent and impartial forum for public-private collaboration on these matters while also advancing new frameworks and policy tools for improved planning. Complementing this work, our Platform serves as secretariat for the foremost global initiative to advance the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies with partners representing more than 200,000 cities and local governments.

 

Future of Real Estate

Chief executives from the world’s leading real estate companies have identified four key pillars—livability, sustainability, resilience and affordability—that are necessary to drive a transition of the real estate ecosystem and the built environment. Our Platform curates and convenes public and private sector stakeholders to advance these changes at a local level.

Advancing prosperous, inclusive and equitable economies and societies that provide opportunity for everyone to fulfil their potential.The twin forces of globalization and technology are transforming our economies, workplaces, communities and families. In advanced and emerging economies, decelerating growth, job disruption, rising inequality and a broken social contract are creating unrest and instability. Yet there has never been a better time to mobilize technology and to unleash the human capability to address these challenges and shape a new socio-economic system that provides opportunity for all.Our Platform enables leaders to co-create a new vision on three interconnected areas: growth and competitiveness; education, skills and work; and equality and inclusion. Working together, stakeholders deepen their understanding of complex issues, shape new models and standards and drive scalable, collaborative action for systemic change.Over 150 of the world’s leading companies and 100 international, civil society and academic organizations currently work through the Platform to promote new approaches to competitiveness in the 4IR economy; deploy education and skills for tomorrow’s workforce; build a new pro-worker and pro-business agenda for jobs; and integrate equality and inclusion into the new economy, aiming to reach a billion people with improved economic opportunities.

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