23rd-26th January 2018: The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland

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From 23rd-26th January 2018, the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will be taking place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The event will see world leaders come together to share their expertise in a global conversation on how 'to improve the state of the world'. This year's theme? Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.

For those attending, the open forum will be packed with more than 400 sessions, but anyone around the world can follow the live stream for over 160 sessions online. So, we've put together a list for each day of the most relevant sessions to tune into surrounding the #CashDebate in this article.

Why should you care about the #CashDebate at the World Economic Forum? 

Last year, the World Economic Forum published an article on Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff's controversial cashless fantasy. This year, Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate economist and chairman for President Bill Clinton's council is being praised for his own short-sighted glamorisation of the War On Cash. 

3 Easy Steps on How to Join the #CashDebate During the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018

Step 1: Go to the World Economic Forum's live stream blog and make a note to tune in to the sessions listed below. Listen carefully for when restrictions on cash are discussed. Note: These sessions will be live-streamed and available around 2 hours after the end of the session as VOD (video on demand).

Step 2: Sign up or log-in to your social media accounts. 

Step 3: Represent your views as a member of the public, a consumer and cash-user by including the hashtags #wef18 and #CashMatters. 

Social media will be buzzing with feeds devoted to the meeting (@wef @openforumwef and #web18). Make sure the public's voice is heard in the global #CashDebate by watching the live streams for the session listed below and sharing your views on cash when restricting payments come up.  

Excerpt from Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World from the World Economic Forum

By coming together at the start of the year, we can shape the future by joining this unparalleled global effort in co-design, co-creation and collaboration. The programme’s depth and breadth make it a true summit of summits. Continue reading...

Cash Matters' Top 8 World Economic Forum Programme Highlights: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 
  1. Davos Today
    Davos Today is the morning news programme for the World Economic Forum. Join Reuters for live discussions with policy makers, top executives and thought leaders from around the globe.

  2. Strategic Outlook: The Digital Economy 
    How will industries, institutions and innovation shape the future of the digital economy?

  3. Global Markets in a Fractured World 
    Changing regulatory environments, tax policy and geopolitical risks may cast a shadow on the economic outlook for 2018. What does this mean for financial markets and global business?

  4. In Technology We Trust? 
    Be it automation, privacy or misinformation, technology can feed our deepest fears, yet also embodies our greatest hopes. Can leaders win the public trust needed to create a shared future? This session was developed in partnership with CNBC and The New York Times.

  5. Opening Plenary with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India: Fostering Inclusivity 
    In a world where identity politics is on the rise, the need to foster constructive dialogue on divisive issues and design creative solutions that bridge divides has become urgent. How can we make our communities more inclusive and better equipped to overcome the root causes of today’s social and cultural divisions?

  6. Press Conference: The Fourth Industrial Revolution in Japan
    As Japan’s moves forward with its Society 5.0 vision, there is a need for new governance protocols and policies that leverage the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Join us for an announcement with representatives from the Japanese business community, government, and civil society.

  7. How Is China Leading the World? 
    One year on from President Xi Jinping’s special address in Davos, China is playing a robust role in international affairs, from economic development to the environment. Get ahead of the issues that are defining China's emergence as a global power. 

  8. Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World
    The Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting highlight the imperatives for 2018 and their vision for creating a shared future in a fractured world.

The Open Forum aims to encourage dialogue and spread awareness on critical issues to the global economy by providing a platform on which ideas, thoughts and questions can be expressed and tackled in an open environment.
" The mission statement The World Economic Forum
Cash Matters' Top 5 World Economic Forum Programme Highlights: Wednesday 24th January 2018
  1. Press Conference: Launch of the Global Centre for Cybersecurity 
    Given the cyber landscape risks, the Forum has recognized the need for a global centre of excellence focused on cyber. As such we have decided to launch a new public-public private platform...

  2. Solving the Economic Generation Gap 
    New findings show a sharp divergence between generations in terms of inequality and poverty in Europe. Join Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, to understand what policy-makers can do to ensure better economic prospects for all.

  3. Securing a Common Future in Cyberspace 
    Cyberspace holds the promise of becoming a shared space for all humanity but, with its rapid expansion and evolving threats, achieving this promise while retaining societal trust remains elusive. How can cyberspace be sustained as a global commons?

  4. An Insight, An Idea with Sundar Pichai 
    A conversation with Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on the age of artificial intelligence, the future of the open web and technology's impact on society

  5. India's Role in the World 
    Political change, structural reform and technological innovation are changing the socio-economic context of India. Examine how global challenges, national priorities and local trends are reshaping India’s stance in the world.

“The Open Forum proves that Davos is much more than talks behind closed doors. The panelists’ dialogue with the audience is intensive and profound.”
" Tobias Clemens, Strategic Projects Manager, DPD Sw Strategic Projects Manager, DPD Switzerland / GeoPost Group, Zurich
Cash Matters' Top 4 World Economic Forum Programme Highlights: Thursday 25th January 2018
  1. Data Responsibility in a Fractured World 
    In a data-ubiquitous world, what bold new solutions and partnerships are helping leaders rebuild trust?

  2. The Remaking of Global Finance 
    From the unbridled growth of cryptocurrencies to the potential decline of the dollar as the world's reserve currency, the international financial system is undergoing a deep transformation. How should business leaders and policy-makers prepare for the remaking of global finance?

  3. What Could Trigger a Major Security Crisis in 2018?
    Could state-on-state cyberattacks and proxy wars be a precursor to an escalation in conflict in 2018? Get ahead of the issues affecting international security in 2018.

  4. The Crypto-Asset Bubble
    Valuations of bitcoin have reached unprecedented highs, and there are now close to 1,000 different crypto-assets on the market. Are these assets finally coming into their own or are they the seed of the next financial crisis?

Cash Matters' Top 3 World Economic Forum Programme Sessions: Friday 26th January 2018
  1. The State of Start-Ups
    Small and medium-sized enterprises contribute up to 60% of total employment and up to 40% of national income in emerging economies. If start-up enterprises are the engine for inclusive growth, how can leaders reignite the fire?

  2. The End of Easy Money
    Central banks are gradually starting to raise interest rates and unwind bond purchase programmes. Are financial markets and the world economy ready for the tightening of monetary policy?

  3. Future Shocks: Cyberwar without Rules
    In the wake of states investing in offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, the risk of miscalculation is surging. What if a cyber attack escalates unpredictably into a major confrontation because there are no rules for cyber warfare? Explore the possible, plausible and probable impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Who will be at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting?

Over 3,000 political, business and media minds from over 110 countries will be attending, including policymakers and influencers within government, international organisations and media. 

  • 1,900 business leaders from all industries
  • 230 media representatives and
  • 40 cultural leaders
  • 50 Global Shapers,
  • 80 Young Global Leaders
  • 35 social entrepreneurs and
  • 32 technology pioneers
  • 70 leaders civil society, labour unions and faith-based organizations


The Swiss Alpine School Davos (SAMD)

Alpine Mittelschule Davos, 
Aula, Guggerbachstrasse 3, 
CH - 7270 Davos Platz (GR)

How to follow the World Economic Forum

Twitter handle: @wef 
Twitter hashtag:#wef18

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About the World Economic Forum

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

"Committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation."

It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum strives in all its efforts to demonstrate entrepreneurship in the global public interest while upholding the highest standards of governance. Moral and intellectual integrity is at the heart of everything it does.

Last Updated: Jan. 23, 2018