What do French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu have in common? They both support taxing harmful financial speculation to pay for global goods.
Climate change is the highest-ranking risk the world will face in the coming years, but what's even more important is the interconnections between climate change and the other top risks, from economic disparity to geopolitical crises.
It is my custom after attending Davos to formulate my top 10 reflections. These are not necessarily the top issues discussed at Davos but rather some observations about the state of the world.
Not much has been said or written about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since the flurry of post-Cancun commentary. So what's been happening with the climate talks?
Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the business leaders of the global corporate food regime announced a new Corporate Food Crusade to empower small farmers and entrepreneurs.
The global community faces countless issues, and as many of leaders said in these interviews, it will take much more than just talk to solve them.
Gary Cohn's position is obviously self-interested: nothing else should be expected from the Honorable firm. He and his peers recently increased their salary from $600,000 to $2,000,000!
This year at Davos, we wrestled with gender issues, financial gaps, and new strategies for healthcare delivery. One topic that was not on the agenda enough? The population issue.
Ritzy Davos might not be the best place to encourage this kind of "small is beautiful" thinking. Maybe future talks on "lighting up Africa" should be held in a rural hospital, where doctors deliver babies in the dark.
Around the world, food prices are surging, with protests breaking out across Northern Africa. And against this backdrop, the scourge of malnutrition continues to ravage more than one billion people.
What's now important for the Greek government is to provide people with evidence that their sacrifices are not in vain. And, furthermore, that people are paying for the crisis equally.
What if we redefined the stakeholder as the consumer, the human being at the receiving end of every decision a CEO is forced to make?
I thought I would create my own list of "bests" for Davos. Not to contradict the top 25 award, but to see Davos through a different lens. So here is one Technology Pioneer's Top 10.
Today, there are more five billion mobile phones in the world, but only 1.6 billion bank accounts. This creates an unprecedented opportunity to use mobile access to bridge this gap.
It doesn't take much to see that most people in this country will be displeased -- that what those of us not living in Kuala Lumpur or Shanghai are looking at is something close to long-term, slow-moving misery.
Welcome to the world where our information, perspectives and influence come from more sources than we can possibly count.