4 myths about manufacturing in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (WEF)


Ian Cronin, Project Lead, Future of Production System Initiative, World Economic Forum Geneva

Adrian Widmer, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

Diego Hernandez Diaz, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

Advanced Drone Operations Toolkit: Accelerating the Drone Revolution (WEF)

The Advanced Drone Operations Toolkit provides a modular approach for governments to enable societally important and safe drone projects. Each recommendation is based upon lessons learned from the latest successful pilot projects in Switzerland, Rwanda, and Malawi – saving lives and creating new forms of aerial logistics. This toolkit is the first multi-stakeholder publication to collect and share vital lessons from across the planet as an enabler for new drone programs that can save lives safely. By leveraging the formative work of innovative governments and supported by those private companies leading the technological revolution, the toolkit accelerates access to airspace and begins to promote a unified vision for autonomous flight.


A New Circular Vision for Electronics, Time for a Global Reboot (WEF)

Rapid innovation and lowering costs have dramatically increased access to electronic products and digital technology, with many benefits. This has led to an increase in the use of electronic devices and equipment. The unintended consequence of this is a steep growth of electronic and electrical waste: e-waste.



Innovation with a Purpose: Improving Traceability in Food Value Chains through Technology Innovations (WEF)

Technology innovations, and their supporting enabling environment, have the potential to support positive food system transformation. This report, developed by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, focuses on the potential of emerging technologies to improve traceability in food value chains. The report explores the powerful opportunity for traceability to improve information about the provenance, safety, efficiency and sustainability of food and food supplies. It also emphasises that simply applying new technologies for traceability within food systems will not necessarily provide the desired outcome. Risks, such as the potential exclusion of small-scale value chain actors must be carefully safeguarded against. Collaboration focused on an inclusive economic model, enabling technology infrastructure, harmonised standards, and proper training and support across the value chain will broadly accelerate and amplify potential impact.

This report supports the Innovation with a Purpose Platform, which is curated by the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Food.


Innovate Europe: Competing for Global Innovation Leadership (WEF)

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with McKinsey and Company, has set out a vision for Europe to become a global leader in innovation. Against the backdrop of Europe trying to catch up in innovation with other regions, such as the United States and China, for years, a new European model for innovation is proposed.


Towards a Reskilling Revolution: Industry-Led Action for the Future of Work (WEF)

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts skills, tasks and jobs, there is growing concern that both job displacement and talent shortages will impact business dynamism and societal cohesion. A proactive and strategic effort is needed on the part of all relevant stakeholders to manage reskilling and upskilling to mitigate against both job losses and talent shortages.