The Global Agenda Outlook 2013 is a publication of the Network of Global Agenda Councils, a unique network of over 1,500 of the world’s most relevant experts from academia, business, civil society, government and international organizations. This report provides insights and views into pressing global issues, through a collection of survey results and interactive discussions among Members of the Network. The survey data combines 1500 responses from GAC Members and industry leaders.
The Global Agenda Outlook 2013 is structured around six chapters, each tackling a specific issue: globalization, economic growth, geopolitical risks, hyperconnectivity, the post-2015 development agenda, and values. Each chapter is intended to offer readers a taste of a conversation between two experts, complemented by data from the Global Agenda Survey.
- Chapter 1 focuses on the effects of globalization and touches on income inequality, employment, technology and global governance.
- Chapter 2 concentrates on an issue that has dominated discussions for the past five years – economics, and the prospects of continued economic growth given the uncertain times.
- Chapter 3 sheds light on changing regional dynamics and potential future threats by analysing some of the world’s high-risk geopolitical situations.
- A theme common to all these discussions is the increased role of technology in 2013 and its associated risks. Chapter 4 captures the main opportunities and risks faced by an increasingly hyperconnected world, not only what it means for citizens, but also for the urban environment of tomorrow.
- Chapter 5 highlights the complexities of the post-2015 development agenda and examines how economic development and environmental sustainability can be balanced.
- Chapter 6 – restoring our value system – seeks to bring all the pieces together, with a focus on revisiting core values in decision-making and leadership.
One theme that recurs more than any other is the need for clear, dynamic leadership in a fast changing world. Given (as one participant noted) that most of today’s leaders – political, business, academic and society – grew up in a vastly different world from today’s, it is perhaps no surprise that leadership remains the biggest challenge of all for 2013 and beyond.
Our interactive website and data visualizations feature more unique data and content, as well as the extended transcripts of the conversations (www.weforum.org/gac).