Davos Notebook

Making the business case for a healthy workforce

January 26, 2012

The role that today’s workplace plays in health and well-being is often debated. People spend much of their time at work, and wellness at work matters. Employers generally find that healthy employees contribute to business success, but the exact quantitative relationship between improvements in employee health and corresponding improvements in employee productivity and engagement remains elusive.

George Soros on what the 2012 election means for Wall Street and why he’s a traitor to his class

January 25, 2012
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The following is an excerpt of an interview between Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland and investor George Soros.

George Soros on Germany’s view of the Euro Zone crisis and the future of Italian bonds

January 25, 2012
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The following is an excerpt of an interview between Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland and investor George Soros.

The problem with capitalism is democracy

January 25, 2012

The rich and powerful at Davos debated capitalism today with a defense that invoked Winston Churchill’s famous dictum on democracy. “Democracy,” Churchill told the House of Commons, “is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Let’s end world hunger

January 24, 2012

Last year was a milestone year for raising awareness and advancing a global dialogue about the challenge of doubling food production by 2050 to combat hunger and malnutrition and meet the needs of a fast-growing population. Recent attention paid to the birth of the 7 billionth human on earth did much to help drive this global conversation. But looking ahead to 2012 and beyond, our challenge – in fact our imperative – must be to translate this momentum into action.

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji

January 24, 2012

Azim Premji, billionaire chairman of Indian outsourcing giant Wipro Ltd, tells Chrystia Freeland that despite conventional wisdom, China may not be a safer investment bet than India.

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Davos at a distance

January 17, 2012

I’ve never been to Davos, despite attempts by many over the years to persuade me to go. Don’t get me wrong. I understand that it is a special event for many people, and for many reasons. It is anchored by wide-ranging and engaging agendas, and participants get to mingle with a global cornucopia of important people. It is also the place to see and be seen for heads of state, politicians, academics, thought-leaders, media pundits, CEOs, and movie stars.

Women on top — more quotas, please

January 30, 2011

I was in the lobby of the Steigenberg Belvedere waiting for my husband yesterday but there was nowhere to sit. Looking around I saw a Davos Wife  resting on a crowded stairway. I joined her and, of course, we struck up a conversation about Women at Davos. I could tell by her comfy snow boots she had been coming for years.

What is the Davos optimism based on? – Strategy head

January 29, 2011

Mark Spelman, Global Head of Strategy at Accenture, stopped by the Davos town library (our WEF headquarters) to talk about what he believes have been the key developing themes at this year’s meeting.