In December 2019, we highlighted recent approaches of the way how businesses can create value on the basis of a strong environmental, social, and governance proposition [Purcarea, T. (2019), Moving to a New Collaborative Perspective and Way of Thinking, Synchronizing Technology with Innovation and Employees: Culture, Learning and Wellbeing, Elevating Socialization, Romanian Distribution Committee Magazine, Vol. 10(4), pp. 10-15]. In September 2017, we made reference to Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, with regard to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, topic approached at the World Economic Forum 2016 [Purcarea, T. (2017). Marketing Organization in the Digital Age, the Engagement Gap, Digital Investments, AI, and CLV’s Role, “Holistic Marketing Management” Journal, Vol. 7(3), pp. 04-06]. In June 2009, while making also reference to the conclusions of the works of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (February 1, 2009), we showed that travelling through time to the destination where our judges are the future generations, we owe it to them to find appropriate answers in relation to what is authentic in addressing the crisis of faith, by producing knowledge for wisdom, maturing interdisciplinary dialogue, becoming architects of conversations generating responsible action, cultivating the ability to work with others with a similar vision [Purcarea, T. (2009). Confidence Crisis And Exiting Naive Realism Through Integrative Thinking, Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, Vol. 4(2), pp. 45-58, June].
This year, at the WEF’s Annual Meeting marking its 50th anniversary, Klaus Schwab released a new Davos Manifesto (the original was signed in 1973), and launched the question (in order to begin the discussion on how business leaders can both rebuild public trust and deliver on a new mandate) of whether the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) changes stakeholder capitalism (Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum: 8 top stories from the week in Davos 2020, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, 24 Jan 2020. Retrieved from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/top-stories-from-the-week-in-davos-2020/). Ceri Parker, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum, revealed among other aspects: US President Donald Trump’s calling for optimism on the occasion of his second address at Davos; Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel’s special address calling out the polarization of our societies, arguing for not abandoning the right channel of communication; the three major threats for the 21st century (nuclear war, ecological collapse and technological disruption) outlined by Professor Yuval Harari, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (within the context in which “The global order is now like a house that everybody inhabits and nobody repairs” – https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/yuval-hararis-warning-davos-speech-future-predications).
It is also our honor and pleasure to make reference to the innovative Healthy Brains Financing Initiative (HBFI) presented on January 23, 2020 at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, by a reputed transdisciplinary group, HBFI Leadership including our distinguished Friend Professor Eliot Sorel, MD, DLFAPA, Chair, Access to Care Committee, American Psychiatric Association, Editorial Board, World Social Psychiatry Journal, Clinical Professor Global Health, Health Policy & Management, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, GWU School of Medicine & School of Public Health, Founder Conflict Management Section World Psychiatric Association, and Founder Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Caucus APA.