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Davos 2012

Persisting Divides and Political Deadlock Are Jeopardizing Prosperity

Jennifer Blanke | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Jennifer Blanke

Switzerland, Singapore, Finland and Sweden, the top four most competitive nations in this year's Index, did not get where they are today without making tough, unpopular choices and longer-term strategic investments. Those that do not grasp this reality are condemned to face an uncertain future.

From Capitalism to Talentism: An Argument for the Democratization of Education

Lucian Tarnowski | Posted 11.05.2012 | Business
Lucian Tarnowski

How many unrecognized geniuses must be out there? All those people with potential still in villages in India, China and others. The world is certainly full of rough diamonds -- people with immense potential but never receive the polishing from which their potential can be realized.

WATCH: Ideas For Change, Karen Armstrong On Charter for Compassion

Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

“Never treat others as you would not like to be treated yourself.” Karen Armstrong describes this as the golden rule of spirituality that should b...

WATCH: Henry Chesbrough On Open Innovation

Posted 08.09.2012 | Business

Not all the smart people work for your company. Henry Chesbrough explains how corporations can all benefit from open innovation. This is true both fro...

WATCH: Muhammad Yunus On Social Businesses To Solve Social Problems

Posted 08.08.2012 | Business

Adidas shoes for less than one euro? Muhammad Yunus re-imagined our social future and helped make it happen. Yunus argues that too many businesses are...

WATCH: Christopher Pissarides Discusses 'Where Are the Jobs Going to Come From?'

Posted 07.20.2012 | Business

Where are the jobs going to come from for young workers in OECD countries? The past few decades have seen a loss of traditional manufacturing jobs to ...

Women Moving Forward

Wana Udobang | Posted 08.27.2012 | World
Wana Udobang

At the risk of sounding overly pessimistic, there is a huge disparity between this first world vision and my third world reality, a reality that makes you wonder if women really moving forward in my community would be possible in my lifetime.

From "Too Big to Solve" to "Too Big to Fail"

Ahmad Ashkar | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Ahmad Ashkar

How can we solve the world's toughest social challenges without the sincere belief that a wide-scale solution exists? An annual $1M Poverty Challenge, with the goal of identifying and launching the most compelling student-generated solutions to the crippling issues faced by billions in need.

Entrepreneurship: Still Lost in the Davos Dialogue

Daniel Isenberg | Posted 04.17.2012 | Business
Daniel Isenberg

As a Davos novice, it was fascinating for me to observe how entrepreneurship was reflected in the Davos dialogue among the world's movers and shakers. I was disappointed at our leaders' superficiality and misconceptions.

Lessons in Davos: Listen to the Poor, Work With the Young

Tony Meloto | Posted 04.17.2012 | Impact
Tony Meloto

This was the ironic spectacle in Davos -- rich countries are depressed, while hope is rising in the Third World where many no longer want to stay at the bottom after languishing there for generations.

Being a Leader in This Great Transformation

Sue Riddlestone | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
Sue Riddlestone

What makes companies embark on a transformational journey? I'm sure there are academic papers about it, but in my experience it's all about people and leadership of people in a position to make decisions.

Fictional Davos Discussion Between Tim Geithner and China's He Yafei

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did? Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk...

The Game Plan

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 04.03.2012 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

There is a tension between the urgency of our global issues and the time such a process would take. But without investing wisely now in the right mindset and course of action, we risk holding the same conversations all over again a year from now.

At "Gabfests" Like Davos, Talk Is Not Cheap

Judith Samuelson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Judith Samuelson

As global power brokers jet home from Davos, it's easy to be cynical about the value of such "gabfests," and wonder whether these face-to-face settings, with their massive carbon footprints, are worth continuing in an age of Skype and email.

A Davos Moment

Leda Natkin Nelis | Posted 04.02.2012 | Technology
Leda Natkin Nelis

No musing about Davos would be complete without a "Davos Moment" -- a quirky and unexpected encounter that stays with you years later like the sweet remembrance of Proust's Madeleine.

Mann Meets Humanity in Davos

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

As politically and economically motivated uprisings sprouted around the world this past year, these problems also coexisted at Davos, one seeking to help solve the other while at the same time being blamed for being its primary cause.

Reflections From Davos

Timothy P. Shriver | Posted 04.01.2012 | Impact
Timothy P. Shriver

While the big shots may be paralyzed by political dysfunction, the rest of the world is witnessing one of the most creative and entrepreneurial generations in history.

Greenspan Offers His View From the Mountain

Robert Teitelman | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Alan Greenspan ignored derivatives; he couldn't be bothered by mortgage abuses; he used the central bank to reduce interest rates; Does it justify things that he may well have done much of this for ideological reasons?

'Era of Hybrid Leadership': Davos Dames Call for Generals and Consensus-Builders

Valerie Keller | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Valerie Keller

If the leadership establishment is equated with inflexibility or in many cases, immobility, we need leaders -- especially women -- who can offer flexibility of thought, facilitate creative new solutions in a fast-changing world, rally resources and think in new ways.

Billionaires Who Care: The .001%

Monika Mitchell | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Monika Mitchell

2012 has ushered in a whole new era in international finance, as the upwardly gilded tell an angry world, "Don't hate me because I am filthy rich. It's not my fault!"

Impact Investing: How Do We Harness The Hype?

Abigail Noble | Posted 03.30.2012 | Impact
Abigail Noble

There is a lot of hype about impact investing. The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship took this week at Davos to convene important discussions about how to harness the hype and create results that are both practical and impactful.

Vivian Gee: Creating Shared Value

Vivian Gee | Posted 03.30.2012 | Impact
Vivian Gee

Most social enterprises already collaborate with large companies, but now with the trend quickly shifting from traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) to creating shared value (CSV).

Memo From Davos: Elites Within Elites

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 03.30.2012 | Business
Daniel A. Bell

Davos is supposed to be the gathering ground for the global elite. I soon found out, however, that not all leaders are equal.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, while in Davos for the World Economic Forum, I watched President Obama deliver what was a great State of the Union speech... for 2009. Proposing the establishment of a financial crimes unit in January 2012 is like waiting three years before sending firemen to the scene of an inferno. The speech was full of good proposals that will never happen in a year dominated by electioneering. The president's pre-speech embrace with Gabby Giffords took me back to last January, and that horrific Saturday in Tucson -- a tragedy that led to widespread agreement that what we needed as a country was, as Pima County's Sheriff Clarence Dupnik put it at the time, "a little soul searching." Unfortunately, in the year since then, our collective soul has gone largely unsearched -- and the gulf between our leaders' rhetoric and the reality millions are struggling with everyday has continued to widen.

'I've Never Been As Scared As Now'

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 03.29.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

DAVOS, Switzerland -- They came, they feasted on smoked sturgeon and black truffle risotto, drank liquor paid for by global banks, endured dozens of s...