New global media platform WorldPost launches in Davos

Innovative news hub to feature cutting edge global issues written by a diverse set of international figures

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Surrounded by some of the world’s most influential and well-known academics, journalist and businesspeople, Arianna Huffington and Nicolas Berggruen on Wednesday celebrated the launch of The WorldPost, an international platform that addresses crucial global issues from a myriad of contributors from around the globe.

The launch event took place fittingly in Davos, Switzerland across the street from the Congress Centre of the World Economic Forum, in the Microsoft Vision Center.

“The launch of The WorldPost comes at a time when the hunger for an expanded global conversation is stronger than ever. HuffPost will be in 10 countries by the end of January,” said Huffington, co-founder of the Huffington Post, a popular online news aggregator.

WorldPost editor-in-chief Nathan Gardels said that the project was “born from a contradiction and a paradox.

The contradiction is that, just as we have become more globally interdependent than ever, our media is re-nationalizing, re-localizing and even tribalizing. There are ever fewer voices heard across boundaries. This leads to the paradox that we risk the information age becoming the age of non-communication.”

"The WorldPost is meant to address this by connecting the world and connecting the dots," he continued.

"Creating a platform where the whole world can meet -- a platform that does not have a national perspective looking out, but a global one looking around."

Gardels said that WorldPost’s team of international correspondents would be complemented with the best writers from over top countries for HuffPost international.

The new platform has already deployed correspondents to Beirut and Cairo, and plans to dispatch a correspondent to Beijing.

Huffington said that particular issues the founders believe are shaping the world stage will be covered continuously. Topics included the occupations and jobs of the future, including youth unemployment; personal and planetary sustainability; political governance; the future of China; philosophical and spiritual inquiries; global health and well-being; new approaches to fighting the drug war; and the ways that stress and burnout are impacting people's lives, companies' bottom lines and health care costs.

Guests of the launch included economist Nouriel Roubini; Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University; the editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber; American political analyst David Gergen; financial blogger Felix Salmon; Josette Sheeran, head of the Asia Society; and Yang Lan, chairperson of the Sun Media Group, a prominent producer of TV programming in China.