Davos Notebook

from Breakingviews:

Global economy not as healthy as it looks

By Hugo Dixon
January 25, 2011

By Hugo Dixon
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

CEOs hoping that everything comes up roses

January 25, 2011

CHINA-VALENTINE'S/A few things struck me from the annual survey of CEOs that PwC (yup, PricewaterhouseCoopers likes big ‘P’, little ‘w’, big ‘C’) released at Davos this year.

Tigger bounces back in the boardroom

January 25, 2011

PWC_chart for blogCEOs are, of course, ebullient by nature.

So it’s no surprise that confidence about growth prospects is bouncing back as emerging markets continue to barrel along and even sluggish developed economies show signs of recovery.

Jealous Davos Mistresses

By Anya Schiffrin
January 25, 2011

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This is part of a series written by Anya Schiffrin, author of “Bad News,” and the wife of Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz. The opinions expressed are her own.

Desperate Davos Wives

By Anya Schiffrin
January 25, 2011

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This is a series written by Anya Schiffrin, author of “Bad News,” and the wife of Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz. The opinions expressed are her own.

Davos: Can social media make a difference?

January 24, 2011

The Davos meeting organisers have made a huge push into social media this year. From interviews on Facebook to geo-location services using Foursquare, it’s an impressive use of social media tools to bring the closed-shop that is the WEF to the masses.

Davos fails to grab the attention of angry protesters

January 23, 2011

The days when anti-capitalist protesters could rampage through Switzerland’s financial capital Zurich in rage at the Davos talkfest 100 miles (150 km) to the east are long gone.

Why “generation next” matters at Davos

By Guest Contributor
January 22, 2011

trevor dougherty lowres– Trevor Dougherty is a student and activist and will attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos as a representative of the Global Changemakers. He’s also the youngest American ever to attend the Davos meeting. —

from Felix Salmon:

Top tips from Davos spouses

By Felix Salmon
January 19, 2011

Just as the most interesting sessions at Davos are the ones you know the least about beforehand, the most interesting people tend to turn out to be the ones you've never heard of. If you do happen to find yourself talking to Bill Clinton or Bono or Dmitry Medvedev, you'll probably be part of a large crowd of people and the conversation is likely to be superficial at best. On the other hand, if you just sit down on a random couch in the Congress Center, there's a really good chance that sitting next to you will be a fascinating and very useful person to know.

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’.