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The business of media in 2021, what you need to know about technology, and reimagining education in Davos

Reviewing the World Economic Forum at Davos Agenda is something I look forward to every January.

I first select articles and reports to read and then cull through the program to see which sessions I would like to see.

This year, the WEF will be held virtually and in person, beginning January 25. From the WEF press release:

“'The Great Reset' is a commitment to jointly and urgently build the foundations of our economic and social system for a more fair, sustainable and resilient future. It requires a new social contract centered on human dignity, social justice and where societal progress does not fall behind economic development. The global health crisis has laid bare longstanding ruptures in our economies and societies, and created a social crisis that urgently requires decent, meaningful jobs. The twin summit will be both in-person and virtual, connecting key global governmental and business leaders in Davos with a global multistakeholder network in 400 cities around the world for a forward-oriented dialogue driven by the younger generation.” You can read the full release here.

Five articles from the Davos Agenda immediately caught my eye.

What you need to know about technology

  • COVID-19 has accelerated the deployment of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.
  • The past year also increased the risk of cyberattacks and exposed gaps in digital access.
  • The Davos Agenda will highlight how we can continue to drive innovation while ensuring technologies are used responsibly and fairly.

Here’s how to flip the odds in favour of your digital transformation

  • COVID-19 has highlighted the need to harness disruptive technologies without delay.
  • Knowledge is power: there are 6 proven ways to prepare the ground for the introduction of new tech.
  • Middle managers need to be on board as much as CEOs, and agility is key.

'You can't do business in a broken world' - This week's Meet the Leader podcast

  • Subscribe to Meet the Leader on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
  • This fortnightly podcast from the World Economic Forum features the world’s top changemakers, showcasing the habits and traits effective leaders can’t work without.
  • Dame Polly Courtice, Founder Director of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), shares lessons that she learned working with government and business leaders to push for positive action, not just talk.
  • This special preview episode ahead of next week's Davos Agenda, includes voices from other top leaders on what they hope leaders prioritize at the virtual sessions.
  • Find other World Economic Forum podcasts here. And join the our Podcast Club on Facebook.

The business of media in 2021

  • While global entertainment and media revenue in 2020 fell 6 percent and location-based jobs were impacted due to COVID-19, digital consumption grew.
  • New platforms provide the tools of distribution for independent creators to find niche audiences, but discovery is difficult without recommendation.
  • The scale of innovation and content creation make this an exciting time for consumers, but managing unintended consequences is the key challenge.

5 ways the future of work can make our lives better

• The office experience is not over – but it must evolve.

• Remote working can be improved with better technology and management.

• From flexible working to diversity-focused recruitment, the employee should be at the centre of coming changes.

And, I’m looking forward to following this year’s Society & Future of Work Theme. My work with leaders has been shifting even more rapidly to helping them navigate the “future of work” and how their role as “chief internal communicator” must evolve quickly.

I’ll be following:

Reimagining Education Option One

Nzinga Qunta, Anchor, South African Broadcasting Corp.; Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Cares, Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University; Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Reimagining Education Option Two

Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, The Financial Times; Angela Duckworth, Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor, University of Pennsylvania; John Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation; Igor Tulchinsky Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, WorldQuant LLC.

Protecting Press Freedom

Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum Geneva; Sarah Kate Ellis, President and Chief Executive Officer, GLAAD; Matthew Caruana Galizia, Director, Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation; Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer, Forbes Media LLC.

Stories Move Mountains

Cara Mertes, Project Director, Moving Image Strategies, Ford Foundation; Thando Hopa, Diversity Advocate and International Model, Thando Hopa Media Pty Ltd; Wanuri Kahiu, Filmmaker, AFROBUBBLEGUM, Photographer, National Geographic.

I look forward to gaining new knowledge for myself, and for my clients and colleagues, as we move this this new world of communication, leadership, and workplace.