It’s no secret global commerce is stuck in the doldrums. Worldwide,
economies are expected to average 3.5% growth over the next few years,
compared with the 4.7% clip enjoyed from 2003 to 2008. Developed
economies will do well to muster 2%. So you might think a conference
obsessed with global trends would be something of a downer, but if
anyone can find an upside it’s the 4,000 VP-and-above business leaders
and all-star speakers converging at the WBF in New York to talk about
the future of business. Case in point: Joseph Stiglitz waxes economic
over coffee, Al Gore discusses sustainable capitalism before lunch, and
James Cameron dishes creativity in the evening. And that’s just on
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The major tech ecosystems that battle for our attention and dollars.
What’s next for hardware, software, and services.
The brave new world of automation, from AI to drones.
How our urban centers are building toward the future.
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