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At Davos, Technology CEOs Discuss The Digital Economy
Jan24

At Davos, Technology CEOs Discuss The Digital Economy

Davos: One of the most anticipated discussions at this year’s meeting was the plenary session on The Digital Economy. Given that I wrote the book that coined that term 20 years ago, I attended with great interest. On the panel were Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Unfortunately, the group didn’t really explore the state of the digital economy, but...

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Davos 2015: What Future Do You Want?
Jan22

Davos 2015: What Future Do You Want?

Davos: Do you agree or disagree that in the future we will think “Inserting radio-frequency identification in our babies’ bodies is as normal as vaccination”? This is just one of many provocative questions put to the participants in a spirited Davos session entitled “What Future Do You Want?” Emerging technologies have the potential to reshape us as individuals, organizations and societies. How this will unfold depends on...

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Davos 2015: International Conflict is Top Global Risk
Jan21

Davos 2015: International Conflict is Top Global Risk

Davos: There is much discussion of global risks this week at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, and illustrating today’s volatility, the biggest threat to the stability of the world was not even on last year’s list — international conflict. That is the conclusion of the World Economic Forum’s 10th edition of the Global Risks report, released in conjunction with the annual Davos gathering. But don’t just think of Russian...

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Davos 2015: Wealth Inequalities and the Collapse of Trust
Jan21

Davos 2015: Wealth Inequalities and the Collapse of Trust

Davos: Undoubtedly timed to the opening of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, a new report by Oxfam says the richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year. “The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering,” says Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam’s executive director and a co-chair of this year’s Davos meeting. In 2014, the 80 richest people had a collective wealth of...

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Davos 2015: Can the World’s Problems be Solved?
Jan20

Davos 2015: Can the World’s Problems be Solved?

Davos: Against a disturbing global backdrop that includes ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, the crashing of oil prices, a global jobless recovery and the recent slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, more than 2,500 delegates will squeeze into the small ski resort of Davos, Switzerland – population 11,000 – for the World Economic Forum annual meeting. The theme of this year’s event is “The New Global Context.” I’m attending as part of the Davos...

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Leaders to Weigh ‘The New Global Context’ at Davos
Jan19

Leaders to Weigh ‘The New Global Context’ at Davos

In a special report to the Globe and Mail, Don Tapscott writes: Against a disturbing global backdrop that includes ongoing hostilities in Ukraine, the crashing of oil prices, a global jobless recovery and the recent slaughter at Charlie Hebdo, more than 2,500 delegates will squeeze into the small ski resort of Davos, Switzerland – population 11,000 – for the World Economic Forum annual meeting. The theme of this year’s event is “The...

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