I’m preparing for my session on Enterprise Resilience and have found a definition of resilience that fits my thinking: “the ability of matter to spring back quickly into shape after being bent, stretched, or deformed”. I like this because it flags up that to be resilient you need to be prepared to be stretched or deformed in some way.
While leaders meet in Davos to discuss the world’s future trends, it’s often young people who are out there shaping them: Tawakkol Karman, Marissa Meyer, Malala Yousafzai. One of the great things about my job is that I get to meet articulate, ambitious and impressive young people. And one of the best things about Davos is the Young Global Leaders and Shapers driving the debate.
At Davos events, there are two things you can count on: the promise of ground breaking, norm shifting discussions and plenty of canapés. Davos is obsessed with food – outside of the main agenda there are a stream of invitations to breakfasts, dinners, cocktail receptions.
There are two sessions on the future of the Millennium Development Goals after 2015 at Davos this year - that’s the same number of sessions given to meditation and art walks. The word ‘growth’ features in 11 of the agenda’s session headings, ‘human’ in 4 and ‘poverty’ gets no airtime at all. Yet if the World Economic Forum is ‘committed to improving the state of the world’ this critical debate should be front and centre of everything we are talking about.
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