J.D. Salbego speaking at the World Economic Forum Davos 2019

Recap – Presenting at World Economic Forum Davos 2019

2019 started right up. I was honored to be invited to keynote present, and then moderate an amazing female entrepreneur panel during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. China’s legendary entrepreneur and leader Jack Ma of Alibaba hosted his private dinner yesterday at BlockBaseDavos where I was presenting.

My keynote during the World Economic Forum was titled “Surviving Mass Adoption”. It’s such an important issue for the success of blockchain and our industry. WE all know we NEED forms of centralization to scale but how do WE maintain the fundamentals of decentralization, what this industry was built off, & a balance through this 4th Industrial Revolution? How do we influence and guide the governing bodies, institutions, & deep rooted infrastructures (some hundreds of years old) to truly work with us in democratic way? This will be an experimental discussion to propose ideas & strategies to further this initiative.

Also, excited to moderate a panel on “Finance Feminine in the Planetary Age” with such amazing female entrepreneurs Kate Mitselmakher, Dr. Mihaela Ulieru, Alessandra Sollberger, and Melanie Mohr CEO of WOM Protocol.


Before we get into a breakdown of this years WEF. Here’s the abstract from my Keynote.

J.D. Salbego Presents at World Economic Forum 2019


Watch the Video of my Keynote

World Economic Forum 2019 Breakdown

The World Economic Forum 2019 had as its theme the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalisation 4.0 – the future of the industrial world in tandem with the technological developments rapidly taking place all across the country. Along with me, other supremely successful international business leaders took up this discussion, including Don Tapscott, and Bear Kittay, co-founder of Good Money, in order to find the best way forward.

Industry 4.0 has often been met with a lot of speculation and suspicion, notorious for being thought of as a surefire way to ensure a rapid decline in job availability. But the existence of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution allows a global network of invested stakeholders to come together to ensure a sustainable and effective acquisition of smart AI by future world governments.

In fact, automation and AI incorporation into the economy might increase the number of meaningful jobs available to humans to a whopping 21 million over the next ten years! This also means that humans will have to spend far less time on repetitive, mindless tasks and can focus on simultaneous innovation and invention. Add blockchain to that, and you are guaranteed a secure and transparent pathway for digital commerce, with the potential to spread out access to a larger population.

Productivity might be a goal, but Industry 4.0 also requires a focus on workforce development and societal impact in order to fulfill its full potential. Big companies at Davos 2019 acknowledged all of this and also figured out the various kinds of leadership personas which will be able to leverage the best of Industry 4.0 and use it to accelerate the new industrial revolution.

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