Davos Notebook

In crowded Davos, keeping VIPs happy is no easy task

January 31, 2009

How do you keep VIPs — hundreds of them — happy?

You can’t, especially at the World Economic Forum. There’s no point in pulling that “Don’t you know who I am?” line here at the annual Davos gathering, which is attended by hundreds of the biggest corporate and political bigwigs.

The answer, dear bankers, lies not in yourselves, but in Shakespeare

January 31, 2009

Many of the bankers blamed for the world financial crisis have been conspicuous by their absence from this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

Japanese give Davos a Tokyo-style makeover

January 31, 2009

Business and political leaders congregating in the ski resort of Davos took a break from rosti, raclette and other Swiss cuisine as Japanese clothing maker Uniqlo sponsored a Japanese lunch and gave the conference hall a Tokyo-style makeover.

Of confidence and coconut trees

January 31, 2009

“Confidence grows at the rate that a coconut tree grows, but confidence falls at the rate that the coconut falls,” Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of India’s Planning Commission, told a panel in Davos.

Shiller sees a new paradigm

January 31, 2009

Robert Shiller, the Yale economics professor who identified the housing bubble early, scents a profound change at Davos this year.

Risk Takers Anonymous

January 31, 2009

An eminent scientist who studies the brain and economics thinks that the financial industry in essence became addicted and insensitive to both risk and reward.

Davos Today – 31st January

January 31, 2009

Watch interviews with top business and world leaders including the following:

    Abdullah Al-badri Jose Gabrielli Donald Kaberuka Eric Anderson Carl Bildt Sue Gardner Kevin Kelly Rick Goings
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Fair’s not fair, says Schwarzman (again)

January 30, 2009

Blackstone Group chairman Steve Schwarzman’s campaign against the evils of fair value accounting continued at a lunch hosted by Credit Suisse today.

Climate change – does business get it?

January 30, 2009

Climate change — and the need for governments to reach a deal in Copenhagen on limiting climate-changing emissions — has been one of the central themes of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Save capitalism from the banks – Nassim Taleb

January 30, 2009

Black Swan

Nassim Nicholas Taleb,  the author of  "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable", has a simple proposal to as he puts it, "save capitalism and free markets from the banks."