Way ahead for the great reconstruction

The challenge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is not just geopolitical and economic. We are experiencing a fundamental change in how individuals and societies relate to each other. A new framework is needed.

GENEVA • If the "Great Disruption" of 2018 is to be overcome, the world will need a new framework for global cooperation. After World War II, the international community came together to design a set of institutional structures that facilitated collaboration in pursuit of a shared future. Now, it must do so again.

This time, however, the challenge is not just geopolitical and economic. We are experiencing a fundamental change in how individuals and societies relate to each other. And by understanding this change, we can positively influence its outcome.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Way ahead for the great reconstruction'. Print Edition | Subscribe