While bankers and high-profile economists are largely to be blamed for the present crisis, our politicians contradicting their promises for better management of the economy seek financial advices from the same bankers who caused the crisis.
My Davos moment that I hope turns into a momentum is about the importance of empowering girls and women in order to improve the state of the world.
As the global economic turmoil is receding, many CEOs and global leaders are turning to other threats -- and water is high on the list.
We need to face it: if we are to make our economic system really sustainable, it is inevitable that we redesign it. This requires an approach in which we will create value on three dimensions simultaneously: People, Planet and Profit.
I worry that the real and demonstrable need for institution building and investment in sustainable energy, climate change adaptation, and poverty alleviation attracts less urgency when the world's high-flyers return to sea level.
Greetings from the land of Davos! Please, friends, hold the cheers and bravos.
The sanatoriums of Davos saved my college roommate's father. With the healing history of Davos, the WEF picked the right location. Today's world could use a cure.
What constitutes "just" economics? How do I justly earn, spend and save whatever money I have in ways that reflect Jesus' agenda for the poor and prisoners and people with disabilities and those who are oppressed?
The Forum began four decades ago as a meeting for European executives to discuss pressing global problems. It evolved into a think tank, researching various issues and convening other events. Today you could think of the organization as a "do tank."
There is an unconscious and slightly patronizing attitude out there in the world about doing our bit to help poor people with some aid. I sensed it as an eminent line up of world leaders discussed what will follow the Millennium Development Goals at Davos last week.
For the issue of shark finning, I believe it is an industry that is going to end one way or another and business must work with government to help the people in the industry to survive.
Banks today have become self-serving profit machines whose primary goals are misaligned with our nation's larger interests, and are a far cry from the friendly neighborhood institutions that once made the American dream possible.
We are bruised by long hours, stress, rejection and constant disappointment. Bruised by the enormity of intractable social problems. Worn thin by the constant need to sell solutions and pitch programs -- to be the hot new idea (or claim to be).
This new Civil Society world will help restore trust in business and confidence in government. It will also let NGOs move from continuous campaigns towards common redelivery of civil commitments. We all have a stake. Now we must hold it.
For many years I've been writing about how the Internet and new models of pedagogy will bring an end to the university's monopoly on higher education. Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Tom Harkin Out? This weekend, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced he won't be running for reelection. While the "liberal lion's" announcement made news, what I didn't see mentioned in many stories about the retirement is that Harkin is chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee -- the very one that is in charge of dealing with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. So what's next for HELP? Harkin has told me he intends to reset the reauthorization process while he's still there, but as the folks at Politics K-12 note, that desire could "set up an interesting dynamic with the Obama administration," which is more focused on implementing the waivers it has issued from the law to 34 states and Washington, D.C. The White House wasn't exactly thrilled with the bill his committee moved last year.