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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 01/26/2011

The Davos Primer: How to follow it, and why you should (Live Video and #Davos)

By Melissa Bell
(Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the World Economic Forum kicked off. The three-day affair brings together 2,500 global leaders -- from Russian President Dmitiry Medvedev (who had to cut his trip short due to the tragic turn of events in Moscow Monday) to Napster founder Sean Parker -- who will meet over cheese fondue in the city of Davos, Switzerland, and try to right the wrongs of the world.

This year, thanks to Twitter, those outside of Davos can get a rarefied peek into the soiree. Event attendees are using the hashtags #wef #wef2011 #davos #davos2011 to demarcate their conversation. Author Paulo Coehlo has been sending out quotes overheard at the event. Bill Gross, the Founder of IdeaLab, is sending out photographs he's taken. Washington Post managing editor Raju Narisetti has been sending out observations about the affair. And, if you're real lucky, you can catch the occasional Davos Twitter squabble, such as the one early on Wednesday between Jeff Jarvis and Dave Winer.

For a more in-depth peek at the event, check out the Post's Davos page for the full coverage. Or follow the conversation on Twitter here:

Here's also a live streaming video from the event (it will be down during the evening hours in Switzerland):

Watch live streaming video from worldeconomicforum at

By Melissa Bell  | January 26, 2011; 8:30 AM ET
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Davos congregation has been usually a meeting of the far-left dignitaries working toward a UN-sponsored socialist world government. "The rich must help the poor"; "global warming hoax is a good way to distribute wealth"; "eco-nazis should control the industry"; etc.

Posted by: jrc_mrc | January 27, 2011 2:27 AM | Report abuse

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