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Risk, resilience, and alternative futures: Scenario-building at the World Economic Forum
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Södertörn University College, Sweden.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The implications of globalization and geopolitical shifts are central concerns in think tanks and other organizations geared to producing knowledge about the contemporary world. The World Economic Forum, a nonprofit international organization headquartered in Geneva, concentrates a large part of its work around the production of The Global Risks Report. The paper discusses the The Global Risks Report and the models of alternative futures outlined in the report, as examples of organizational scenario-building. The report draws on expertise available within the different communities and knowledge networks created by the WEF and builds on research, projects, debates and initiatives piloted by the organization. It is suggested that the risk scenarios articulate a particular form of ‘anticipatory knowledge’, geared to contribute to the shaping of political priorities and agendas. The scenarios aim to shape perceptions of what constitute ‘global problems’, and how they might best be addressed and governed and confer a degree of agency onto the organization and its partner organizations, i.e. the world’s largest transnational corporations. Hence, they contribute to anticipatory governance, i.e. governance geared to integrate imaginaries of the future into regulatory processes.

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2016.
Keywords [en]
Scenario, governance, risk, world economic forum
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136768OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-136768DiVA, id: diva2:1056506
Conference
Anthropological legacies and human futures', the 14th EASA2016 biennial conference, Milan, Italy, 20-23 June 2016
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Global foresight: Anticipatory governance and the making of geo-cultural scenarios
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2017-11-07Bibliographically approved

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