Summary of Global Risks 2014

Ninth Edition

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Global Risks 2014 summary
If you want to be prepared for anything that could happen, read this intelligent, thorough, credible and succinct guide to global threats.


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This overview of the world’s most complex problems is required reading for anyone who wants to be prepared for just about any eventuality that could affect a business. Once a year, World Economic Forum researchers survey experts from around the globe on what they consider to be the most pressing challenges facing the world today. The interview results, along with existing research, provide a roadmap of risks and their interconnections across economies and societies. This report defines systemic risk, discusses emerging and current threats, and explains how these intersect within systems and networks. The study also offers ideas on how organizations can better prepare for the unknown. For such a complex and ambitious project, the text is exceptionally clear, and the report’s conclusions are useful and sobering. getAbstract recommends this telescope into the future to government planners, NGOs, financiers, futurists and investors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How systemic risks challenge the global order,
  • What types of risks are most likely to disrupt economies and societies in the near and the long term, and
  • How organizations can prepare to address and manage these risks.


Systemic Risks in a Changing World
Even the way that the world is changing is itself changing. Rather than a single wave of transformation moving through society, multiple mutations constantly occur. National boundaries no longer constrain these changes, and no single individual, organization...
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