Davos Notebook

from Felix Salmon:

Why it’s safe to ignore Davos

By Felix Salmon
January 26, 2010

Lawrence Delevingne has got Davos completely wrong: his list of "The Only 12 Davos Panels Worth Paying Attention To" is in fact a list of the 12 panels which can be safely ignored by just about all the delegates here. Larry Summers is more likely to turn up with only one chin than he is to commit anything approaching news in his Saturday discussion with Charlie Rose. People looking for interesting investment ideas would probably be better served by something like the "What is Life?" panel on Wednesday -- and they'll certainly find it much more interesting.

Davos VIP dropouts

January 26, 2010

The world’s top politicians are dropping out from the WEF‘s highly publicised list of top VIPs.

from The Great Debate UK:

If Davos wants to run the world, it has to show some leadership

January 26, 2010

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- Matthew Bishop is the U.S. business editor of The Economist and co-author, along with Michael Green, of "Road from Ruin – How to Revive Capitalism and put America Back on Top", published by Crown Business, Jan. 2010. The opinions expressed are their own. -

Iceland tops WEF’s equal opportunity list

January 26, 2010

ICELAND/Bad timing girls!  Iceland claims the top spot in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, making it the best country in 2009 in terms of equal opportunity.

from Felix Salmon:

Looking for contrition in Davos

By Felix Salmon
January 26, 2010

So I've arrived in snowy Davos, where with typical modesty the miscellaneous moguls will attempt to "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild". (Seriously, that's the official slogan this year.) The official "purpose" page is full of claptrap of the highest order -- a "Network of Global Agenda Councils" "driving the rethink" over here; "an unprecedented multistakeholder dialogue " over there; and on top of it all, naturally, "a collaborative platform that integrates Web 2.0 technology".

Davos 2010 live coverage

By Reuters Staff
January 25, 2010

Five themes for Davos

January 22, 2010

Top (L-R): Steve Clarke, Natsuko Waki, Gerard Wynn, Martin Howell
Bottom (L-R): Peter Thal Larsen, Felix Salmon, Ben Hirschler, Krista Hughes

from The Great Debate:

Business must take the lead on carbon management

January 22, 2010

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Léo Apotheker is CEO of SAP. The views expressed are his own.

Most people who followed the Copenhagen climate talks in December will have been disappointed.

Davos Man turns 40

January 21, 2010

Davos Man2 Many happy returns or midlife crisis?

The annual talkfest in the Alps records its 40th birthday this year but the rich and powerful will hardly be in celebratory mood as problems pile up in the post-crisis world.

On wealth versus well-being

February 1, 2009

Back in the Middle Ages, no-one took any notice of Copernicus when he said the Earth was not at the centre of the universe.