Open Forum

An accessible event for participants to share thoughts, experiences and stories on pressing and controversial issues

Event details

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters is the foremost creative force for engaging the world's top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. In this regard, the Forum's mission – improving the state of the world – guides the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives.

Participants will come together at the Annual Meeting to address the most pressing issues on the global agenda. They will do so in an exceptional atmosphere and in the “Spirit of Davos”, featuring interdisciplinary, informal and direct interaction among peers.


Songs of Latin America

Join us for a special performance by the choir of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of S?o Paulo in Brazil as they interpret pieces by contemporary Latin American composers such as Barnabe and Alberto Grau, and past greats such as Villa-Lobos.

The performance is held in collaboration with Intermusica.

Musical Moments: Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach’s Cello Suite #1

During the course of the Annual Meeting, Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, 2008 Crystal Awardee and a member of the World Economic Forum's Board of Trustees, gives six pop-up concerts — one for each of J.S. Bach’s six suites for solo cello. Here he performs Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No.1. Coming in the midst of his Bach Project, a journey to perform the cello suites in 36 locations on six continents, Yo-Yo Ma offers these gifts of music to inspire a conversation about how culture helps us to seek truth, build trust, and act in service of one another. Followed by Q&A.

Free to Be (LGBTI)

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots in New York and the birth of the gay liberation movement, LGBTI youth still face rejection and discrimination, resulting in high mental illness and suicide rates among LGBTI youth. How can schools and families contribute to safe and inclusive environments for all?

The Power of Youth

From the 2018 March for Our Lives fighting for gun control in the US to the Global Climate Strike in 2019, young people are mobilizing and increasingly influencing today’s most pressing political and environmental issues. How can these movements transform their will for change into action?

An Insight, An Idea with a special guest

Disability Inclusion

More than 1.3 billion people in the world live with a disability, whether it's visible or not. How can we build inclusive societies that value human diversity in all its forms?

Ending Modern Slavery

More than 40 million people are victims of modern slavery; seven out of 10 victims are women and one in four are children. How can we end the fastest-growing global crime and address the forces that enable modern slavery?

The Disposable Society

An average citizen in an OECD country generates 2 kilos of garbage per day. How can businesses, industries and civil society reorient economic incentives to shift to a circular economy?

Digital Safety for Youth

The increased use of social media networks and the digital technology changes over the past 10 years have shaped a generation of digital natives, yet they lack awareness of significant cyber risks. How can young people, educators and policy and corporate leaders ensure responsible behaviour for the digital safety of all?


21—24 January 2020


Swiss Alpine Middle School, Guggerbachstrasse 2
CH-7270 Davos Platz Switzerland



Join Jane Goodall for a conversation about her life’s journey through the world’s last forests and her work with great apes, humanity’s closest relatives.

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The Open Forum is an event format that allows a broader audience to participate in the activities of World Economic Forum. Each year since 2003, the Open Forum convenes in January at the local Swiss Alpine School in the heart of Davos, attracting leaders from all walks of life. We welcome government officials, artists, civil society leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and CEOs of multinational companies: All have a story or point of view to share.

In the spirit of Davos, the Open Forum aims to stimulate dialogue among thought leaders on issues ranging from current political structures and geopolitical concerns to environmental problems, leadership challenges and the role of the arts in society.

Indeed, the World Economic Forum seizes the timely opportunity of its Annual Meeting in Davos to offer a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders and policy-makers around improving the state of the world.

The Open Forum welcomes a diverse public from around the globe to listen, participate and share thoughts, experiences and stories with the panellists on pressing and controversial issues. For those of you who cannot join the Open Forum personally in Davos, we hope you will follow the debates on the web via our livestream, Facebook or on twitter.


The Open Forum aims to encourage dialogue and spread awareness on critical issues by providing a platform on which ideas, thoughts and questions can be expressed and tackled in an open environment.

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