World Economic Forum Transformation Maps Available in Chinese for First Time


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Oliver Cann, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum, Tel.: +41 79 799 3405; oliver.cann@weforum.org

· The World Economic Forum’s Transformation Maps are a free-to-use strategic intelligence tool designed to promote understanding and solutions for the world’s greatest challenges

· Nearly 100,000 people around the world currently use the maps in English

· For more information about the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, please visit: http://wef.ch/amnc18

· Follow the conversation using #AMNC18

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 September 2018 – The World Economic Forum launches today Chinese-language versions of its Transformation Maps. These maps are a strategic intelligence tool providing insight on key industries, countries and issues that are shaping the world.

The Transformation Maps that will be available in Chinese cover artificial intelligence and robotics, blockchain, cybersecurity, drones, migration, space, and China. By the end of 2018, the Forum will provide Chinese versions of more than 120 maps.

The Forum’s Transformation Maps were first developed in 2015 as a tool for understanding and visualizing industries, countries and issues, and how they interact with and disrupt each another. Since their public launch, they have been used extensively by governments, businesses and individuals around the world.

In translating the maps into multiple languages, the Forum seeks to foster wider understanding of the complex forces shaping the world in the early stages of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It also aims to encourage more people to contribute ideas and solutions to the critical challenges the world faces.

Examples of some of the interconnections highlighted by the Transformation Maps:

· What effect will blockchain have on cybersecurity?

· How could the dynamics of the Fourth Industrial Revolution affect China?

“We will only solve the global challenges we face by first understanding individual issues and how they influence each other. We hope such ‘system thinking’, aided by the expertise of some of the world’s leading establishments and the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will help our collective effort to build a future that is inclusive and human-centred,” said Jeremy Jurgens, Head of the Centre for Global Industries and Strategic Intelligence, and Member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum.

“Bold action to address global challenges requires the understanding, support and mobilization of stakeholders around the world. We hope that, by making available the collective intelligence of the Forum’s expert networks – captured in our Transformation Maps – as a public good in multiple languages, we can inspire creativity and fresh thinking,” said Stephan Mergenthaler, Head of Knowledge Networks and Analysis, and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

Many of the Transformation Maps have been developed or co-curated with experts from leading universities, think tanks, international organizations and other research institutions around the world, including: Australian National University, Bocconi University, Centre for Policy Dialogue in Bangladesh, China Europe International Business School, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, ETH Zurich, European Council on Foreign Relations, Florence School of Regulation, Fulbright University Vietnam, Georgetown University, Global Coalition on Ageing, Global Initiative Against Transnational and Organized Crime, IMD International, Imperial College London, Indiana University, Institut Montaigne, Inter-American Development Bank, International Organization for Migration, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, KAIST, Kunhe Logistics University, Lagos Business School, McGill University, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Nesta, Rice University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Smithsonian Institution, Tsinghua University, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Cape Town, University of Chicago, University of Oxford, University of Southern California, University of St Gallen, University of Wisconsin, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, World Resources Institute and Yale University.

The World Economic Forum’s 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions is taking place on 18-20 September in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. Convening under the theme, Shaping Innovative Societies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, more than 2,000 business leaders, policy-makers and experts from over 80 countries will participate and explore more than 200 sessions over the three days of the meeting.

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