Davos Notebook

Knowing one’s place in Davos

January 27, 2009

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.

My Secret Davos

January 27, 2009

Some go to Davos to think great thoughts. Some go to mingle and network. Some go to give or get answers to intractable problems.

from The Great Debate:

Turning the tables: Can you help Davos leaders?

January 27, 2009

Klaus SchwabDavos 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.

from James Saft:

Could Davos mark the bottom?

January 27, 2009

It is, no doubt, going to be the most gloomy World Economic Forum in years ever. Fewer parties, lower profiles for the masters of the universe TARP.

from James Saft:

Balance of power upended at Davos

January 23, 2009

So, back we go next week to Davos for the World Economic Forum 2009, titled this year "Shaping the post-crisis world."

Bankers – Ever thought about working for Big Pharma?

December 8, 2008

    Are you an out-of-work banker looking for a new job with
some stability? Considered the drugs industry?

Ok, now I’m scared

January 26, 2008

I was feeling a bit better having listened to corporate types at Davos say that their businesses still look good, but it was all undone by a real blizzard of negative statements on Saturday.

Our “funny” Davos blog post

January 26, 2008

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.

Masters of Universe take a breather

January 26, 2008

Here’s the short version of a panel on private equity at Davos today: smaller new deals, rising defaults on older ones but no re-run of the mass defaults of the 1980s.

Japan’s PM Fukuda baffled by new iPod

January 26, 2008

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.