Davos Notebook

New reality at Davos

January 19, 2011

The theme of this year’s annual get-together of business and political leaders in Davos is “Shared norms for the new reality”.

Davos: If your name’s not down, you’re not getting in

January 19, 2011

With only a week to go until kick-off, the organisers of the 41st World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, have just announced the programme based around this year’s theme: ‘Shared Norms for the New Reality’.

Jargon hunting at Davos 2011

January 19, 2011

SWITZERLAND/The annual shindig of the great and good from the corporate, banking and political worlds in Davos is always a rich hunting ground for connoisseurs of business jargon.

Is Davos really a zoo?

By Reuters Staff
January 18, 2011

Watch Reuters Global Editor at Large Chrystia Freeland and Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon debate the utility of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos and trade memories about their experiences at Davos over the years.

Cherchez La Femme at Davos

By Guest Contributor
January 18, 2011

DAVOS/– Elisabeth Kelan is lecturer in the Department of Management at King’s College London. The opinions expressed are her own. –

Will Goldman’s new BRICwork stand up?

January 17, 2011

RTXWLHHJim O’Neill, the Goldman Sachs economist who coined the term BRICs back in 2001, is adding four new countries to the elite club of emerging market economies. But does his new edifice have the same solid foundations?

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The global risk that is Davos

By Felix Salmon
January 14, 2011

Jim Ledbetter reads the 50-page Davos global risks report so you don't have to, and comes away with three and a half questions, all of which boil down to more or less the same thing: what if Davos is itself a global risk?

Celebrities and handshakes – is the WEF really working?

By Guest Contributor
January 14, 2011

-Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is a British author, blogger, and advisor on technology, globalisation and corporate change, based in São Paulo, Brazil. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Three-and-a-half questions for the Davos gurus

January 14, 2011

DAVOS/For the last several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual report on global risk, as part of the run-up to the storied annual meeting in Davos. The 50-page report makes for gloomy reading: it is a dense collection of some of the major threats to the world’s security — from asset price collapse to weapons of mass destruction — and the interconnections between them. And they’re all carefully mapped in terms of their perceived likelihood and perceived economic impact.

Davos 2011: More people, fewer resources, big risk

January 13, 2011

Among the major issues global leaders will discuss at the upcoming annual World Economic Forum in Davos are the risks associated with the tightening of water, food and energy resources to meet the demands of an increasing global population.