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Davos Diary: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

What I learned at Davos

So what did I learn at Davos? I came here with a mission to represent the needs of privacy and reputation on the Internet and excited about the prospect of the World Economic Forum's strong interest in cyber security. This...

By Michael Fertik  | January 29, 2011; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Improving access to health care in the developing world

As Davos is in full swing, one of the agenda items that seems to be dominating the agenda is improving access to health care in the developing world. Among the gaps are infrastructure, workforce, building local capacity, access to medicine...

By Kate Roberts  | January 29, 2011; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A quick look at discussions from Davos day 4

Day 4 at Davos, attendance slips off and the sheer volume of intensive discussions begins to fatigue. Yet panel after panel continues, including the private sessions. It’s interesting seeing global leaders behind closed doors - European Union President Herman Van...

By Karl Hofmann  | January 29, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Welcome to the urban century

Urbanization is an issue that’s slowly been creeping onto the agenda at Davos, with multiple panels this year addressing various facets of urbanization. Not a moment too soon, since urbanization is the defining macro-trend of the next 20 to 30...

By Reuben Abraham  | January 29, 2011; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Nordic Experience – In Search of a New Economic Paradigm?

It may be high time to recalibrate economic fundamentals when, faced with stiff BRIC country competition, hardened capitalists voice pros and cons of Gross National Happiness and GNP in Davos. The Nordic Experience theme at the Annual Meeting was addressing...

By Jens Martin Skibsted  | January 29, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Water Security

As food prices continue to rocket and energy security again becomes a key theme in the context of rising oil prices, another resource came to the fore this week in discussions at Davos: water. The launch of a new book...

By Andy Wales  | January 29, 2011; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reflections from Davos: Rebuilding Trust

As sit and write this from the final day of the World Economic Forum 2011, it is clear that a 'cautious optimism' seems to be the closing economic and political outlook. Perhaps cause for less optimism is the dilemma of...

By Peter Lacy  | January 29, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The New Reality and its meaning for Africa

This year’s World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos was framed by the theme “Shared Norms for the New Reality” – seeking to comprehend the emerging and increasingly complex new models that are shaping the global political economy. In the...

By Dr. Martyn Davies  | January 29, 2011; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A foundation for winning the future

As President Obama addressed the State of the Union on Tuesday evening, thousands of global executives were just arriving in Davos – in some important ways the themes from both are similar. Much of the discussion in Davos has been...

By Frank D’Souza  | January 28, 2011; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Government 2.0: Let's get on with it!

Government 2.0. What a promise, what an opportunity. Using social networking, modern tools, more effective delivery capabilities in order to....to do what? To better deliver Government 1.0? So, basically to remain the philosophy of the government as a centralized "we...

By Ben Verwaayen  | January 28, 2011; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Three themes from Davos 2011

For a week each January, the World Economic Forum convenes its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, attended by a broad assortment of global leaders – from government, industry, civil society and the media. Some come to network, some to do...

By Karan Bhatia  | January 28, 2011; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What is the "China Model?"

At Hotel Seehof last night, I joined Joe Stiglitz, Paul Collier and several others in a discussion panel on the emergence of new economic development models in the 21st century. The panel was moderated by Joshua Ramo, who as usual...

By Kevin Lu  | January 28, 2011; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Davos and the Arabs

Over the last few days, there is perhaps no greater contrast from the burning streets of Cairo, Sana’a and Amman than the cool snowy hill tops of Davos. Those looking from the outside at the World Economic Forum's Annual meeting...

By Mina Al-Oraibi  | January 28, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thursday recap

Second full day at Davos, and the rhythm of meetings, consultations and high-level goings on really picks up. The headliners are talking a lot about interest rate differentials, global fiscal imbalances and the risks of slipping backward toward instability in...

By Karl Hofmann  | January 28, 2011; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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World health is critical; so is workplace wellness

The World Economic Forum is constantly working relentlessly to improve our citizenry’s health. It recognizes that a nation’s economic development rests on the healthiness of its people. And it is enhancing wellness through partnership, among other programs. That partnership focus...

By Michael B. McCallister  | January 28, 2011; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Secrecy in a WikiLeaks world

Transparency is part of the Davos version of “political correctness.” But so is protection of intellectual property to spur innovation. The two values came into conflict Wednesday night in a discussion of issues raised by the WikiLeaks disclosure of classified information.

By David Ignatius  | January 28, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bill Clinton and crypto-Socialists

The only thing that annoys Bill Clinton more than Republicans running elections in “a parallel universe divorced from reality” is Democrats who let them get away with it. In a conversation that touched on everything from the ancient Sumerians to...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 27, 2011; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Me and the Bomb

Policemen stand in front of the Posthotel Morosani after a small blast shattered two windows but caused no injuries during the 41st annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)...

By David Ignatius  | January 27, 2011; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Snow day at Davos

The Swiss? Great at snow. Washington? Not so much. So a significant chunk of the U.S. contingent scheduled to be here — where the snow is whisked away and the World Economic Forum laptop bags came equipped with crampons to...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 27, 2011; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Davos Day 3: From predictable ground to new insight

Bumping into famous people is one of the great attractions of Davos. Having a few words with someone who is desperately looking at your badge to figure out who you are is inspiring! But actually, I find the real inspiration...

By Ben Verwaayen  | January 27, 2011; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Table for Two' initiative combats hunger, obesity

Six billion people live on this planet. One billion of them suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Another billion suffer from obesity and its associated chronic diseases. What an irony: a world where many literally kill themselves by overeating, while an...

By James Kondo  | January 27, 2011; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Trading onions for Foreign Direct Investment

With inflation running at 15 percent in some food categories and the price of onions putting the Indian government on the defensive, top executives from Wal-Mart Stores Corp. are making a concerted push at the Davos to sell India's cabinet ministers on the idea of allowing much higher levels of Foreign Direct Investment in retailing in that booming but notoriously difficult market.

By Raju Narisetti  | January 27, 2011; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When Larry Met Amy

Summers and Chua, that is. The dinner discussion was scheduled before Chua became mama non grata in some quarters; her academic work focuses on the more Davos-y topic of globalization and empire. But in Davos, as elsewhere, talk about Chua’s...

By Ruth Marcus  | January 26, 2011; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The New Reality

Shared norms for the new reality. That’s the theme of this year’s WEF. The organizers have made an effort to place the issue in the broadest possible context – not just addressing low-growth, low-employment challenges but also asking bigger questions,...

By Karl Hofmann  | January 26, 2011; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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G0, G1, G8 and G20

There seems to be a strong agreement that to confront the major problems that we face today, including general inflation pressure, trade imbalances, food securities, commodity prices, volatile short-term capital flows and possible contagion of political risk events, we need better international coordination. Then the attention turned to G20. Is it an effective forum for such coordination?

By Kevin Lu  | January 26, 2011; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Davos: The Global Village and the Local Community

The World Economic Forum – like the Clinton Global Initiative, the TED Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival and other such global confabs – is a carnival of ideas, opportunities, dreams and confessions. It’s less manic than CGI, not quite as...

By Eboo Patel  | January 26, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Davos, Day 1: Listening to new voices for a new reality

Incredible India. No escape, they are everywhere! Not just with an impressive delegation, with a great ad campaign here at Davos, but also in all discussions, even if if there is no one from India on the panel! All for...

By Ben Verwaayen  | January 26, 2011; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Not a meeting of despair

In 41 years, despite a lot of “whither Davos,” questions each year, hundreds of politicians, ministers, heads of state, CEOs, academicians, entrepreneurs and journalists would rather be here at the end of January than pretty much anywhere else.

By Raju Narisetti  | January 26, 2011; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Not all fun and frolic at Davos 2011

Davos 2011 attendees received crampons to wear on their shoes to avoid slipping on the icy sidewalks. (Photo by Raju Narisetti / Washington Post) As Washington, D.C. and the rest of the U.S. East Coast brace for snow, North American...

By Raju Narisetti  | January 25, 2011; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Financial Industry Continues to Ignore the Need for Reliable Answers

“All the Devils Are Here” is the title of one of many books which have made headlines since the collapse of Bear Stearns, the insolvency of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing assistance by taxpayers to countless financial institutions in America,...

By Roland Schatz  | January 25, 2011; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The G20 Must Look Beyond Bretton Woods II

With talk of currency wars and disagreements over the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy of quantitative easing, the summit of the Group of 20 leading economies in Seoul on Nov. 11–12, 2010, is shaping up as the latest test of international...

By Robert Zoellick  | January 25, 2011; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Introduction: Trust Meltdown II report

Read the Trust Meltdown II report Everybody in the financial sector expected 2009 to be rough; the headlines following the Lehman collapse were frank. But at the same time, the chief executives of the finance sector speculated that the media...

By Roland Schatz  | January 25, 2011; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Elephant in the Room in Davos: China

As various pre-Davos activities gear up this week and the main conference starts on Wednesday, not surprisingly, one topic that is likely to dominate many of the Davos sessions is China. In my conversations with people here over the past...

By Kevin Lu  | January 25, 2011; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Year of India

The Indians are back. Again. Seasoned Davos participants are getting a sense of déjà vu at the 41st World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this week as India once again tries to grab the attention of participants. Back in 2006, under...

By Raju Narisetti  | January 25, 2011; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Shared Norms -- What to Expect from Davos

There’s been a lot of talk about “donor fatigue” around HIV and whether the uncertainty and unreliability of donor funding will stall – or worse, reverse – global HIV prevention and treatment efforts. Unfortunately, in recent years, that fatigue has...

By Kate Roberts  | January 25, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Davos 2011: The Biggest Risk is Forgetting about Opportunities

David van Reybrouck is a Belgian author. He has written a magnificent book about Congo and its awful history. The beauty of the book is that he has managed to talk to real people with first hand experience to illustrate...

By Ben Verwaayen  | January 25, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The United States and the Trust Barometer

According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, released this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the United States ranks near the bottom of 23 countries in terms of trust in major institutions. In the wake of a year defined...

By Richard Edelman and Neal Flieger  | January 25, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Davos barometer: Risks ahead

Whether you attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week in Davos, Switzerland or follow it from home, what happens there and who is invited to speak on what theme does matter a great deal. Indeed,...

By Erwann Michel-Kerjan  | January 24, 2011; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Making health accessible and affordable

As a Young Global Leader and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Advisory Board, I’m lucky to have a bit of an inside track on the agenda for Davos this year. As usual, health’s a hot topic....

By Kate Roberts  | January 24, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Technology, access and the emergence of an empowered global middle class

Five years ago, an NCR manager, C. Sivaramane, transformed what previously had been little more than a cow shed into a state-of-the-art facility in Puducherry, India that just recently produced its 40,000th ATM. This success story is about technology, innovation,...

By John Bruno  | January 23, 2011; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Innovation: A large scale agenda for wicked problems

Ahead of leading a panel on Innovation at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos this week, John Kao zeroes in on what he calls as a new model of innovation--Large Scale Innovation. Innovation can be a flash of insight...

By John Kao  | January 23, 2011; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Davos dispatch: The coming privacy economy

We all know digital privacy is under grave threat. This important subject gets global treatment this week as business leaders and policymakers convene at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF has identified this emerging topic early and...

By Michael Fertik  | January 23, 2011; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What I hope for from Davos

The imperative for designing a new reality has never been clearer. Put simply we will need to decouple consumption from scarce natural resources in order to help reboot the economy and put the breaks on climate change. At Nike we...

By Hannah Jones  | January 23, 2011; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New economic narratives and two Davos

More than two years after the Lehman bankruptcy, many rich countries continue to muse about free market capitalism, wondering whether we are entering a “new reality”. The revival of state capitalism seems to strike fear in any discussion about new...

By Kevin Lu  | January 23, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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