The big, big question for the hordes of journalists churning up the fresh, Davos snow is not how to end global economic turmoil, but where their hard-won World Economic Forum accreditation allows them to roam.
from The Great Debate:
Davos is a well-rehearsed event and everyone knows the part they should play. Business and political leaders gather each year to tackle the major challenges of a global economy while the rest of the world, or those of its citizens who are interested, look on from afar. But this year, for obvious reasons, things are different. The notion of leadership has been coupled in the public mind with that of responsibility. The tone here is a little more humble and the attitude more open-minded. There's a recognition that new thinking is required. A suitable time, perhaps, to turn the tables on convention and have Davos delegates ask the questions they can't answer and for global citizens to offer solutions.
By Swiss law (and believe me there are some funny Swiss laws) it is illegal to blog about Davos without a funny, lighthearted piece about how rich everybody is. I don’t know why this law came into being, but I imagine it was as a result of international negotiations intended to insert irony and self-awareness into a very self-serious event. It also makes us poor media types feel better.
Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda got hold of the latest RED special edition ipod released only yesterday before a meeting with Irish rock singer Bono, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and former British prime minister Tony Blair on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.