Open Forum News

2014; A Year of the Unexpected


Since the last Open Forum one year ago the global context has changed in ways that could never have been predicted. A number of unexpected events have shaken the world, from revolution and conflict in the Ukraine to the rise of ISIS and the emergence of the ebola outbreak. At the same time the world is still marred by a number of underlying chronic problems; macroeconomic and technological shifts are disrupting employment markets, inequality is still on the rise and global and national governance architectures are looking increasingly moribund. The 2015 Open Forum programme addresses a number of these issues, while also asking what can be done to solve them.


Open Forum Davos 2013: Building Resilience through Debate

The Open Forum Davos 2013, which runs in parallel to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2013, is holding a series of high-level discussions, from 23 to 26 January, with leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. For the 11th consecutive year, the public is invited to join our animated debates and discuss current issues with global experts.


Open Forum Twitter

In a spirit of inclusivity, to engage youth and learn from one another, students of the Swiss Alpine School tweet throughout the Open Forum sessions, sharing inspiring comments, words of wisdom and various points of view. You can follow on @openforumdavos.

Latest Tweets

  • 23.01.2016 The open forum is over for another year - see you in 2017!
  • 22.01.2016 Calls for transparency, education, debate show panellists hopeful for the future, but worries about those who'll fail to adjust #openforum
  • 22.01.2016 The immediate impacts of genome engineering extend from humans to animals to agriculture: so many possible positive impacts - Doudna #WEF16
  • 22.01.2016 "As we automate, we'll need humans to explicitly answer the implicit debates we've had until now" @awmcmu #openforum #WEF16
  • 22.01.2016 .@ec_anderson says asteroid mining will provide the resources Earth needs, as well as serving as "gas stations" in space #openforum #wef