The Great Debate UK

A crisis of trust is at the heart of global uncertainty

By Guest Contributor
January 26, 2012

By S. D. Shibulal, CEO of Infosys. The opinions expressed are his own.

During the first day at the World Economic Forum yesterday, we witnessed delegates arriving with two things on their minds — how heavy the snowfall was and the realisation that new business models are needed to overcome global economic pressures. (It goes without saying that the mood at Davos hasn’t been helped by the IMF downgrading world growth targets). We all agree that we’re living in a volatile world and it cannot go ignored that there are many uncertainties we face, including currency volatility and high unemployment.

from Felix Salmon:

The triumph of Davos

By Felix Salmon
January 30, 2011

Davos, in 2011, was the year when the cynics were finally proven wrong. Long derided as a sybaritic alpine gabfest, the World Economic Forum astonished the world with what it was capable of this year, deftly leveraging the talk around its chosen theme -- "shared norms for the new reality" -- into an effective and timely intervention in Egypt. The Forum's slogan -- "committed to improving the state of the world" -- became reality, as the actions of a small and powerful few atop a distant Swiss alp managed to give shape and direction to what would otherwise have remained inchoate and dangerous demonstrations in the volatile North African hotspot.

from Breakingviews:

Euro zone crisis may be close to resolution

By Hugo Dixon
January 28, 2011

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

from Davos Notebook:

Cybersecurity goes prime time at Davos

By Michael Fertik
January 26, 2011

DAVOS/- Michael Fertik is the founder and CEO of Reputation.com, an online privacy and reputation management company. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Internet Security and recipient of the WEF Technology Pioneer 2011 Award. The opinions expressed are his own. -

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.

from Davos Notebook:

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.

from Davos Notebook:

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.

from Davos Notebook:

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?

from Davos Notebook:

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.-

from Felix Salmon:

Davos: Where epic shifts are converging

By Felix Salmon
January 10, 2011

Chrystia and I differ on whether Davos is actually important. I say it isn't, and Exhibit A is this invitation, which I received today. There will be many, many more like it arriving over the next couple of weeks: