The cost of housing is tearing our society apart (WEF)

For the better part of a century, home ownership has been the foundation of the average American’s growth in net worth and the cornerstone of the government’s housing policy. But 70 years of consistent appreciation in housing values, combined with stagnant real wage growth, has caused a nationwide crisis of affordability in major cities, and an intensification of wealth and racial inequality.

Derek Fidler, Co-founder, ShelterTech

Ten reasons to be optimistic in 2019 (WEF)

Even the optimists among us would have to admit 2018 was a challenging year. The fractured world that became the focus of our 2018 Annual Meeting a year ago came under further pressure from populist rhetoric and rising nationalist agendas. At the same time, the urgent need for coordinated global action in areas such as climate change, inequality and the impact of automation on jobs became more intense.

Oliver Cann, Head of Media Content, World Economic Forum

Meat: The Future Series – Alternative Proteins (WEF)

New research prepared by the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University for the World Economic Forum’s Meat: the Future dialogue series finds that balancing meat consumption with alternative sources of protein can lead to significant health and environmental benefits.

Meat: the Future series – Options for the Livestock Sector in Developing and Emerging Economies to 2030 and Beyond (WEF)

New research prepared by the International Livestock Research Institute for the World Economic Forum’s Meat: the Future dialogue series looks at the role of the livestock sector in developing and emerging economies to 2030 and beyond.

5 rules for making employers and employees trust each other again (WEF)

The debate about the future of work has largely focused on jobs – what they will look like, the decline of well-paid jobs for lower skilled workers, and how jobs will be impacted by AI and automation.

Tim Ryan, Senior Partner and Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers US

5 ways for business leaders to win in the 2020s (WEF)

The winners in business have shifted markedly in the last decade. When the 2010s began, the world’s top 10 public companies by market capitalization were based in five countries; only two of them were in the tech sector, and none was worth more than $400 billion. Today, all of the top 10 are in the US and China, the majority are tech companies, and some have at least temporarily exceeded $1 trillion in value.

Rich Lesser, Global Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Consulting Group

Martin Reeves, Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG Henderson Institute

Kevin Whitaker, Economist, BCG Henderson Institute

We have solutions to crime. We just need to scale them (WEF)

Crime and violence are woven into our social fabric. They top every politician’s priority list, make daily newspaper headlines, and cause tremendous harm to society.

Baillie Aaron, Founder & CEO, Spark Inside

Why this is the year we must take action on mental health (WEF)

The global mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030. With mental disorders on the rise in every country in the world, nowhere is immune.

Elisha London, Chief Executive Officer, United for Global Mental Health

Peter Varnum, Project Lead, Global Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum

3 ways to fix the way we fund humanitarian relief (WEF)

Each year, humanitarian aid organizations save and protect tens of millions of people caught up in crises across the world.

Mark Lowcock, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

No Such Thing as a Commodity: Routes to higher value added for SMEs in developing and least developed countries (WEF)

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are important actors in all economies and key to policies for inclusive growth, innovation, productivity and job creation. However, they tend to be trapped in low value-added tasks and commodity dependence. This White Paper sets out five ways SMEs in developing and least developed countries can move to higher value-added activities and increase their earnings. It draws on examples of successful initiatives and business models and shares recommendations for policy makers, development agencies and others concerned with enabling SMEs to take advantage of globalization and digitalization. The paper is written by the International Trade Centre and the World Economic Forum.