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The world is changing, and business and political leaders are facing new challenges that will shape the coming decades. The phenomena of globalization and economic openness are deeply ingrained in economic relations, in the way the public lives and the way that companies and nations operate.

Society is hyperconnected; Information transfer is occurring at an unparalleled speed and reach, and this places business and political leaders under constant scrutiny.

This causes a rift, a break in the harmony between the ruling classes and public opinion. The public is demanding increasing transparency from both companies and politicians, and the weakening of popular support for both these organizations poses a challenge for the stability of our systems.

Business and political leaders must be capable of interpreting reality and reaching out to the people

In this context, business and political leaders must be capable of interpreting reality and reaching out to the people. Facing an increasingly empowered and critical public, they need to monitor public opinion, interpret it correctly and then act accordingly. Hyper-transparency, proper information management, a dialogue with the public and understanding their demands become obligations rather than assets.

In this issue of UNO, we look at this changing world and what is expected from companies and their leaders, as well as the role the public plays in this entire process.