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5 takeaways from the World Economic Forum’s 2023 meeting

Against the backdrop of a ground war in Europe, the threat of recession, and evolving globalization, the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss mountain town of Davos came to a close on Friday. This year’s event was the largest in history, convening a record number of leaders from governments, businesses, and civil society, write chief marketing officer Tracy Francis and global co-leader of McKinsey Sustainability Daniel Pacthod. Which topics dominated this year’s conversations? Check out this page to revisit our daily #WEF23 updates, and dive into five key takeaways below.

  1. Global disruption isn’t slowing down. Companies must prioritize building resilience muscles today to prepare for tomorrow.
  2. No region is an island. The future of globalization needs diversification rather than decoupling.
  3. To achieve a net-zero future, leaders must balance the energy transition and energy resilience.
  4. Global companies are finding that inclusion is helping them tap underserved markets, giving them a competitive edge.
  5. The budding space economy has vast potential to change the world. Many sectors can capture the innovation of space.

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The energy transition: A region-by-region agenda for near-term action

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How will the space economy change the world?

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