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The World Economic Forum conducted a global survey of experts and leaders for its 2013 Summit on the Global Agenda. More than 1,500 respondents – from more than 100 countries, from all age groups, and from disciplines encompassing business, academia and government – identified 10 significant trends to watch for in 2014. They also noted how these trends will affect different regions of the world. In several regions, rapid global change, crumbling values and joblessness pose threats to the social order. On the other hand, a promising future in such areas as biotechnology and “networked thinking” offers chances for real progress and reform. Illustrative graphics and clear, accurate prose, much of it written by experts in different fields, present a wealth of timely data. getAbstract finds that this report will be valuable not just to global leaders, but to anyone who believes information is fundamental to improving society. Considering how fast the world is changing, policy makers, financiers and executives should read this report, appreciate the spots of good news, and heed its analysis and warnings.

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“Top 10 Trends of 2014”

The increasing pace of change in the world is astonishing. People are interconnected to an extent unimaginable just a few decades ago. But these advances also have introduced serious threats to the world’s population. Survey respondents identified 10 trends for 2014 in the following order:

  1. “Rising societal tensions in the Middle East and North Africa” – The Middle East has downshifted from the period of hope following the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. “Political instability” tops joblessness as respondents’ main concern for the region. Ideological differences are fueling political conflicts. Distrust and the potential for more sectarian violence threaten the entire area.
  2. “Widening income disparities” – Income inequality is spreading from the poorest nations all the way to wealthier countries; respondents call it the top concern in North America. Compromised access to employment, health care and education is on the rise. Countries must find ways to break down social inequity by building “resilient” communities, battling gender discrimination, and tackling unemployment...

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