23 Jan 2018 | Website| Davos
You may have noticed the sudden deluge of articles and features discussing the plight of the Richie Riches and the increasing disparity between those Richie Riches and the Rest of the world.
To say nothing of the ‘think pieces’ telling us mere mortals why being super-super-rich is not always the answer to our oh-so-common woes.
But of course it is time for the World Economic Forum, the yearly gabfest that brings together the politicians, financial titans, stars and movers and shakers of the world of money and commerce.
We’re talking big-time here.
A certain CEO of America is expected to be there. How exciting! Tweets from Switzerland over your morning coffee!
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron are also expected.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and new Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa are also attending.
“Other well-known participants include actor Cate Blanchett, musician Will.i.am and singer Sir Elton John.”
And of course we’re sure to hear one of those heartfelt pleas for economic ‘equality’ from IMF head Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde.
This year, the forum’s official theme is: “Creating a shared future in a fractured world.” Surely a misprint. It was likely meant to say ‘creating a fractured world for a shared future.’
Among the expected highlights of 2018:
The 2018 Crystal Award honours exceptional artists whose important contributions are improving the state of the world and who best represent the “spirit of Davos”. Speakers:Hilde Schwab,Cate Blanchett,Elton John,Shah Rukh Khan
The plight of large-scale displacement calls for new solutions to help families find safety, navigate life and contribute to the communities where they found refuge. From universal digital identities to data-driven advocacy, how can new technologies and partnerships help people on the move?
In perhaps the most harrowing indignity for the plutocrats who have made the World Economic Forum their favorite winter meeting ground, even the town’s helicopter pad was closed because of the snowstorm. By early afternoon, a quarter-mile trip in one of the ubiquitous black luxury minivans with plush leather seats that shuttle participants around the town took nearly an hour.
A conversation with actor and Crystal Award honouree Cate Blanchett on her vision of a world that stands in solidarity with forcibly displaced persons
Political change, structural reform and technological innovation are reshaping the region’s strategic outlook. Examine how global shifts, national priorities and local trends are changing the socio-economic context in Eurasia.
What if the DNA of all life on Earth was entered into a database we could mine for new medicines, fuels and other breakthroughs? Learn how efforts to sequence all known plants and animals in the next decade are laying the foundation for a new wave of innovation.
“When Trump comes on Friday it is far from obvious whether he will be able to use a fleet of large helicopters to land in Davos,” said a source close to the organising committee. “Large helicopters increase the risk of avalanches.”
Is the rise of today’s technology giants a good thing for the global economy and consumers? Get ahead of the issues that are shaping a new form of monopoly.
In 2017, the flow of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar took the world by surprise, but in fact, it was largely predictable. This press conference will provide an outlook on the humanitarian crises that will shape the agenda in 2018, which looks likely to be even more dramatic than 2017.