"Gen Z is expected to account for more than a quarter of the world’s workforce by 2025 and this trend is likely to accelerate. The changing tide is particularly acute in emerging markets such as Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America, where youth account for more than one billion of the entire population." (APCO Worldwide)

 “Our world is in big trouble. Divides are growing deeper; inequalities are growing wider; challenges are spreading father... we need hope... we need action across the board.” (UN's Secretary-General, António Guterres)

"I have been saying this for years: if you treat young generations as weak, they will be weak. We have to believe in them. We must encourage them to be strong, also mentally. Then we must tell them the truth: only the best will win. We have to help them get ready." (Julio Velasco)

This year looks poised to be monumental for equity crowdfunding, which entails raising capital through specific filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, from a mix of investors that don’t have to be accredited. Over the past few years, equity crowdfunding has shed much of the stigma. But with the current fundraising climate, it is getting ready for a field day. (TechCrunch)

More equal societies are more resilient, they are more likely to invest for the many not the few, and to have robust political institutions and consistent policies. And few would disagree that a society that provides opportunity for all of its citizens is more likely to thrive than one which favours an elite, however defined. (Mark Carney, Value(s). Building a better world for all).

Global Economic Outlook 2022

From the impact of a new COVID variant to continued inflation, governments will continue to face economic challenges in 2022. What immediate and long-term actions will be required to stabilize the global economy and ensure a sustainable and equitable recovery?

"Empirical research shows that start-ups that are more innovative tend to attract greater interest from crowd investors (Le Pendeven and Schwienbacher, 2018). This finding contrasts with reward-based crowdfunding, where Chan and Parhankangas (2017) document that the crowd has a preference to support less innovative projects, perhaps because they face a greater risk if they are not able to deliver the promised reward." (Schwienbacher, 2019)

"Businesses are looking to put their money where it matters – their offering to customers and their people." Jeremy Over, a partner of Moore Barlow, commented on a recent survey according to which SMEs are more likely to choose non-traditional ways of accessing capital, like crowdfunding.

"Systemic shifts require collective intent - something that is still scarce in business communities across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly changed that, and has created the necessary conditions for collective intent. The human race is at a crossroads, and the choices we make now will define future generations and their way of life." 

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