Davos Notebook

In crowded Davos, keeping VIPs happy is no easy task

January 31, 2009

How do you keep VIPs — hundreds of them — happy?

You can’t, especially at the World Economic Forum. There’s no point in pulling that “Don’t you know who I am?” line here at the annual Davos gathering, which is attended by hundreds of the biggest corporate and political bigwigs.

The answer, dear bankers, lies not in yourselves, but in Shakespeare

January 31, 2009

Many of the bankers blamed for the world financial crisis have been conspicuous by their absence from this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Save capitalism from the banks – Nassim Taleb

January 30, 2009

Black Swan

Nassim Nicholas Taleb,  the author of  "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable", has a simple proposal to as he puts it, "save capitalism and free markets from the banks."

Even in crisis, NGOs pull no punches in Davos

January 28, 2009

Though a financial crisis and global recession have left many of the world’s biggest companies uncharacteristically humbled, that didn’t stop NGOs from taking shots at a few of them at the World Economic Forum.

UAE Oil Minister forced to stay off Davos pistes

January 28, 2009

Deep, crisp and even – some would say the best thing about this year’s World Economic Forum is the quality of the snow on the well-groomed pistes above all the fevered debate.

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.