In February 2018, Kay Goldsworthy was ordained Archbishop of Perth, and became the world’s first female archbishop in the Anglican Communion. In March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury; the was the first time a chemical weapon has been used in Europe since the WWII. In April, Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader to cross the Demilitarized Zone since its creation in 1953. His meeting with Donald Trump in June, was the first time in history a US president met a North Korean head of state. It was also in June that women in Saudi Arabia were for the first time permitted to drive. Distressingly, in August, the strongest sea ice in the Arctic was observed to be breaking up for the first time.

Deal or no deal, the United Kingdom will likely be leaving the EU this year, marking the first time in history the club diminishes in size. But beyond the predetermined and besides the unforeseen lies the space for leadership, innovation, and radical thought that we are collectively called upon to fill.

That is what Our World seeks to achieve

We invited 100 leaders to contribute change-inspiring ideas to the edition of Our World that you hold in your hands. Their positive responses and the outpouring of support for this project has been humbling.

Now in its ninth volume – Our World is a celebration of original thinking that seeks to drive humanity forward. Trailblazers from politics, business and industry and civil society, as well as prominent experts and renowned intellectuals, share the pages of Our World and provide the raw material that will fuel our societies’ advancement.

To the 100, we give our sincere gratitude, on behalf of the Our World team, and our appreciative readers.

With Our World, we have begun to forge a community. And as it happens every year, we look forward to seeing some of our readers’ ideas become jewels in the pages of the next edition.

To you, our reader, we wish happy travels.

It is our hope that you will be inspired.

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Alexandros Koronakis is the Editor of ‘Our World’, and the Editor of New Europe newspaper.