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WEF: The Automation Transformation

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff at the World Economic Forum.

If you’ve read this blog before, you will have heard me talk about the impact of A.I. Unsurprisingly, A.I. remains one of the biggest topics of conversation at the World Economic Forum this year. But what has struck me is a recurring theme of transformation. A.I. is no longer something for the tech industry to consider – it is infiltrating our entire way of life, from self-driving vehicles, to healthcare, to the analytics tools we count on for developing influencer marketing programs. It is transforming the very nature of industries, and we all need to learn to adapt as A.I. takes its rightful place in the mainstream.

This week in Davos I have been intrigued by this theme of transformation – in sessions as diverse as healthcare technology, economic issues and the future of work. Here are a few key takeaways…

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Why WEF Matters: In Your Own Words

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, begins tomorrow. Davos is an intense week, with seemingly more events and discussions taking place this year than ever before, on the most important business, political, environmental, and societal issues impacting the world today.

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WEF: The Future of Tech Looks Bright

My tablet possesses processing power equivalent to 5,000 desktop computers from 30 years ago. The average adult in the U.S. consumes more than 10 hours of digital media per day. Sensors are connecting the physical world to virtual networks. AI software is engaging us daily under the names Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Home. Since the World Economic Forum introduced the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution at Davos last year, I’ve noticed tremendous leaps in the technology that’s already a part our daily lives, and the innovations that are just around the corner.

Here are a few of the big tech trends making waves in Davos this year:

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It’s Time to Close the Gap Between What Leaders Say and What They Do

The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum has begun and this year there is an extraordinarily timely theme: responsive and responsible leadership.

Amid the growing discontent of the world’s citizens with corporate and government leaders, we are on the verge of a transformation with respect to who leaders are and how they lead. For leaders, there is also the question of how to be effective while ensuring they are heard.

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Why WEF Matters: Four Perspectives

The kickoff to the fabled World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, takes place on Tuesday, and we are once again gearing up for a full week of important discussions on the biggest business, political, environmental and societal issues impacting the world today. I like to call it the “Davos marathon,” as it really is a nonstop week of inspiring conversation, interaction and education.

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WEF: The Imperfect Perfect Leader

At Davos, it is sometimes the event you walk into alone with no expectations that turns out to be the most thought-provoking, and last week’s Harvard Business Review dinner at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting was just that. I signed up for the event because I truly enjoyed Bill George’s book, “True North.” Little did I know I would end up seated among a table of Harvard University graduates and next to the Dean of the Harvard Business School, Nitin Nohria, who was inspirational and a fearless listener.

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24 Hours in Davos

As Seen In… PRWeek

Day one in Davos has come to an end and I can say with certainty that I’ve walked away with some important learnings – some that make me optimistic for the future, others that are more concerning, writes Barri Rafferty at Ketchum.

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Refugees, Robotics and Revolutions: A Look Ahead at Davos 2016

As you would expect at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, a major economic gathering of world leaders, the topics of discussion include Asia in the digital age, understanding Islam, Europe at tipping point, the future of Russia, and Sub-Saharan Africa in transformation. But to me, what is even more telling about where the world is going are the new vertical topics and how these emerging trends will affect our day-to-day lives (click to tweet).

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Income Disparity: Corporations Need to Act Now or Feel Pain Soon

As Seen In… The Huffington Post

“A problem well put is half solved,” said the great pragmatist John Dewey. But a problem ignored is an imminent crisis.

That seems to be the case with the pervasive problems that flow from income disparity. The crisis is near, but perhaps with pragmatic and courageous leadership we can change that.

First, though, there’s Mr. Dewey’s point of attacking the right problem. Despite the dramatic attention paid recently to wealth disparity, the primary problem we need to solve is not that a small number of people have a great deal of wealth. It matters much less that there are 1,600 billionaires in a world of 7.3-billion people than that there are 3 billion people who live in poverty, and almost as many who have no access to even rudimentary financial tools. And that real wages in developed nations are declining and youth unemployment is at record levels.

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Two Legends: Separated by Time and Space, But United in Their World View

For some reason, the World Economic Forum likes to present some of the biggest names in government and business in a relatively intimate setting. Rather than feature them in the plenary hall that accommodates 1,500 people – a room these world figures could easily fill – they schedule a session in a room called Agenda 2. It accommodates just 90 people in three rows around two chairs in the center.

Yesterday I was there as the New York Times’ Tom Friedman interviewed the legendary Israeli leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres. Today, CBS anchor Charlie Rose interviewed Alibaba founder Jack Ma.

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