The new age of CEO activism

24-1-2019 | WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Lately, it’s been easier writing press headlines that evoke an impassioned response. Not because of omnipresent artificial intelligence or menacing robots, per se, but thanks to old-fashioned human behaviour.

The rising popularity of wedge issues in the West increasingly dominates global headlines, stirring emotions and prompting responses. Such reactions are sometimes streamed as they are conceived without attention to detail and careful fact-checking. Last year’s Global Risks Report shows a growing perception of polarisation, driven by populist agendas and a sense of systematic disenfranchisement. The nuanced middle ground is drying up.

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