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"As more people – especially women – face new forms of digital harm and abuse, we need new forms of redress for victims."

Digital harm is on the rise

Here’s how we can give victims a pathway to justice

"Governments and business must work together in what could be a second ’Bretton Woods’ moment for the world."

Rebuilding after COVID: The challenge is digital

By: EBR | Friday, June 11, 2021

It is no understatement to say that the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are causing disruption

"The Verified Carbon Standard can unlock the power of carbon credits to halt deforestation."

How to save the world’s forests with carbon credits

By: EBR | Friday, June 4, 2021

A decade ago, a stretch of land in Kenya became the foundation for a new source of finance with the potential to save the world’s forests: carbon credits

“While there are expectations that a robust economic recovery will occur in the second half of 2021 with the roll-out of vaccination against COVID-19, the global economy is still facing high levels of uncertainty and there is a risk that the recovery will be uneven,” according to an International Labour Organization (ILO) analysis.

7 chief economists on how to solve the pandemic’s labour market paradox

By: EBR | Thursday, June 3, 2021

Are we on the verge of the “Roaring Twenties” ­– or will continued unemployment and economic hardship stall the post-pandemic party for the foreseeable future?

"Greater alignment is needed between employers and educators, to equip students with skills for the new economy."

6 ways to ensure a fair and inclusive economic recovery from COVID-19

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 2, 2021

While China has bounced back strongly and economic activity in the United States is approaching pre-pandemic levels, the economic recovery from COVID-19 is anything but consistent at a global level

"Unable to act on novel ideas themselves, executives at an innovation outpost may feel like hunting dogs because their role is to bark, but someone else must pull the trigger."

Why Do Innovation Outposts Fail?

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The steps multinationals can take to create a brokerage environment that fosters innovation


"In the 2000s, the idea of recycling gained traction and, in 2008, the EU approved recycling targets of 50% for 2020 whilst continuing to push for incineration."

Will the circular economy fly us to the moon?

By: EBR | Monday, May 31, 2021

Increased recycling has come at the expense of greener activities like reuse. The European Union now needs to adopt a multidimensional approach to tackle Europe’s waste problem and move towards circularity

"GDP is no longer an accurate measure of growth."

GDP is no longer an accurate measure of growth. So what can take its place?

By: EBR | Friday, May 28, 2021

Why, in the 21st century, are we still measuring our economic growth with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – a metric created in the early 20th century?

The gig economy uses digital platforms to connect freelancers with customers to provide short-term services or asset-sharing.

The gig economy: what is it, why is it in the headlines and what does the future hold?

By: EBR | Thursday, May 27, 2021

A global debate is raging about independent workers or the so-called gig economy. But what is it? And how important is what’s happening?

Research shows a combination of in-person and virtual learning – blended learning – maximizes student benefits.

5 questions to ask now to shape blended learning of the future

By: EBR | Friday, May 21, 2021

21st-century skills require a 21st-century education system. This has given rise to talk on Education 4.0 in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Biodiversity is declining faster than at any other time in history, and this has grave consequences on our livelihoods, health and prosperity.

5 ways biodiversity matters to jobs, health and the economy

By: EBR | Friday, May 21, 2021

The great acceleration of the global economy over the past 70 years has boosted average income and life expectancy

Some of the strategies that astronauts use in the tight confines of space to stay motivated during difficult times can also be helpful in dealing with the restrictions resulting from the pandemic.

Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from Space

By: EBR | Friday, May 21, 2021

A Japanese woman astronaut reflects on the pandemic

"Discussions are progressing about the institutions needed to achieve balanced data rights."

Balancing data rights is about protecting human rights

By: EBR | Friday, May 7, 2021

2020 was a year like no other. Amid many other lessons, the crises of the last year showed once and for all that how we manage and use data can both save and destroy lives

"Apps to isolate individuals from infected parties are highly effective at slowing the transmission of COVID-19."

Digital contact tracing apps help slow COVID-19. Here’s how to increase trust

By: EBR | Friday, May 7, 2021

In response to COVID-19, many countries have turned to digital contact tracing technologies (DCTs) to fight against the deadly pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the global trend away from cash towards digital payments.

How technology can help unbanked access e-commerce

By: EBR | Thursday, May 6, 2021

Are the days of cash numbered? Cash it seems may not be king for much longer

"AI governance is a strategic opportunity whose time has come."

AI governance’s time has come. 6 ways to act now

By: EBR | Thursday, April 29, 2021

Our pandemic response accelerated the incorporation of powerful AI tools and technologies that support new ways of working, hiring, managing, analysing and sourcing

All innovations make the journey from “eureka” to “meh”. But they don’t do so according to fixed rules.

How to Tell the Age of an Innovation

By: EBR | Thursday, April 29, 2021

Innovation never sleeps. It’s a relentless pursuit of the new and different, spurred by the awareness that yesterday’s breakthrough is today’s bare minimum for staying in the game

"Humans have significantly altered around 75 per cent of the Earth’s lands and have had strong negative effects on at least 40 per cent of the ocean, resulting in estimates that roughly a quarter of all species are threatened with extinction."

How to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Canada is one of 55 countries planning to conserve 30% of its land and water by 2030, to stem the negative effects of climate change

The decline in developed economies will reach -6,8% in 2020 and -0,3% in 2021, in developing economies -4,1% and +1,5% respectively, in US -5,5% and -0,5%, while the decline in Eurozone will reach -9,5% and +0,2%.

Effects of the pandemic and a new behavioral profile in the Retail sector

By: EBR | Monday, April 26, 2021

Global effects of the first and second wave of Covid-19 pandemic- as recorded by international statistics, will significantly affect global growth with an -5,3% average rate of decline in 2020, and growth is expected to moderate to 0,7% in 2021

"Since small firms create the majority of jobs in developing economies, stimulating growth through entrepreneurship is crucial to address these issues. Even before COVID-19, however, few developing nations were successful in this."

How governments can redesign support for entrepreneurs after COVID-19

By: EBR | Monday, April 26, 2021

In the wake of COVID-19, most governments face unprecedented unemployment. This is particularly challenging in developing economies, which lack robust social safety nets and where unemployment and poverty were pronounced before the pandemic

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