We asked council members to tell us what other councils they would be most interested in working with in the future. This visualisation presents the results in the form of incoming and outgoing interest for each council. Aside from informing councils of who would like to work with them, this information helps to inform the World Economic Forum’s interaction plan at the Summit on the Global Agenda Dubai, and more widely speaking helps to point out the potential of cross-sectorial interests.
Some strong clusters of common interest between councils emerged from the survey data. The visualization shows which councils should be collaborating around these global concerns.
Natural Resources and Human Development
Councils directly relating to natural resources challenges expressed a strong interest in interacting with those relating to human development and vice versa. The challenge of sustainability is recognized by the Councils as one in which human progress and natural systems are irreconcilably interlinked.
Innovative Social Security Systems
The challenges of ageing, migration and building sustainable social security systems are linked in Counsellor’s minds with social innovation, in particular in Asia.
The Challenges of Containing Terrorism
In their meeting preferences, Council members reveal that the key to containing terrorism is to be found in understanding the geopolitics of the Middle East and South Asia, the rule of law, and the context around biological and chemical weapon proliferation.
Balancing Competitiveness and Sustainability
Competitiveness, the search for ever-rising levels of productivity, and sustainability, a stable equilibrium between natural and human systems, might seem in perpetual conflict. But improvement in the state of the world means finding harmony between these concepts and acting upon the ideas that bring them together. It brings together Councils from across the portfolio.
Economic Opportunities for Youth
Councils see potential for youth unemployment challenges in emerging business, the arts, education and skills, and in new models from emerging economies.
New Technologies for a Better World
This cluster represents a group of Councils tackling the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies, from neuroscience and its understanding of behavior and the way humans interact, through personalized medicine, robotics, and new media technologies and structures.
The quest for growth in an uncertain world
Growth is inextricable linked to the health of global monetary system, and the innovative capacity of economies. This cluster reveals Europe and the Ukraine are the Councils most focused on searching for both fiscal stability and new growth models.
How does the world find new ways of progressing without conflict? These councils are searching for the future of global governance systems, interestingly tightly interlinked with big data and new ways of thinking about economics itself.
Business and Human Security
This cluster reveals that the Councils recognize the way business operates is tightly is tightly interwoven with our global value system. Corruption and illicit trade, organized crime and the role of women in society are complex issues in their own right, but inextricably interconnected.