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The World Economic Forum Expert Network crowdsourcing INNOVATIVE THINKING ON THE FUTURE

In a global environment marked by polarization, short-term and siloed thinking, there is a need for a more interdisciplinary and long-term approach in order to create a sustainable and equitable future.

The Expert Network has been developed as a response to this challenge. It is designed to promote innovative thinking about the future, to challenge conventional wisdom, and to develop new ideas and projects related to key System Initiatives, as well as on the impact and governance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

"Our future as a species may depend on our ability to use our global collective intelligence to make choices that are not just smart but wise”

Thomas W. Malone, MIT

The Expert Network in numbers

The World Economic Forum’s Expert Network enables the world's leading experts from academia, business, government, international organizations, civil society, the arts and the media to help shape global agendas.

Grouped around 120+ insight areas covering economies, industries, global issues and systems, members of the Expert Network can use TopLink, the Forum’s digital knowledge and interaction platform, to contribute their expertise and thought leadership on the most important global issues and developments of our time.

Members can share and publish their own research, analysis and commentary, engage in dialogue and collaboration, issue calls to action and co-design Forum sessions and meetings.

Core Principles of the Expert Network

Outcomes over rules

Responding to change over following a plan

Participation over control

Self-organization over centralization

Principles developed by the former Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and Society

“The core is often mismatched for the kinds of challenges and opportunities it faces, while the crowd, because it’s so big, almost never is”

Andrew McAfee and Eric Brynjolfsson, MIT

Membership benefits and opportunities

Members of the Expert Network are encouraged to contribute expertise and thought leadership on the key global issues and developments of our time. They can do this by sharing their research, providing analysis and commentary on issues relevant to their area of expertise, engaging in dialogue, and collaborating with other members outside of their areas of expertise.

The best related content can be shared with the Forum’s wider audience. Blog posts written by members of the Expert Network have been featured on the Forum's flagship Agenda blog, which is visited by more than 5 million people every month. Expert Network content has also been featured on our social media platforms, with over 3 million Twitter followers and more than 4.5 million Facebook fans.

Expert Network membership is reviewed on a rolling-basis without a definitive term limit. We ask that our Expert Network members log in and contribute regularly to maintain their membership status.

The World Economic Forum may reward top contributors with additional benefits such as invitations to participate in events and project as well as access to additional features on its knowledge platform.

How can I become a member of the Expert Network?

Membership to the Expert Network is by nomination only: please click here to fill out the form to nominate someone.

The World Economic Forum will review all nominations and contact successful applicants. Please note that we do not provide individual feedback.

Useful Links

The Expert Network Charter

Getting started on the Expert Network

Joining and shaping the conversation

Comments or questions – get in touch

We hope that you’ve found this interesting and helpful. If you would like to discuss specific aspects of the Expert Network or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by sending us an email at ExpertNetwork@weforum.org

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