From January 17th to 20th the World Economic Forum will once again convene at Davos-Klosters in Switzerland with more than 2,500 participants from nearly 100 countries covering over 300 sessions. The Forum’s roots go back to Professor Klaus Schwab who founded the European Management Forum in Geneva, with an annual meeting held each January in Davos.
The focus of these meetings was to help European firms match US practices, but by the mid-70s, after political leaders began to attend, the system of membership was expanded to the 1,000 leading companies of the world.
Klaus Schwab at the 2008 WEF – Image courtesy of Commons.Wikimedia
Now in its 47th year, January’s gathering will celebrate international collaboration, with all participants encouraged to engage with what is known as the ‘Spirit of Davos’. The theme for 2017 will be Responsive and Responsible Leadership. After a year of some truly impactful events, and as the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues apace, this year’s summit is calling again for world leaders and decision-makers to come together to discuss the kinds of new systems that will work for the world community of the future.
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This year’s co-chairs Brian T. Moynihan (Bank of America), documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Save the Children International), Frans van Houten (Royal Philips) and Meg Whitman (Hewlett Packard), will be focusing on 5 key challenges for 2017 – Strengthening Systems for Global Collaboration, Addressing Identity through Positive Narratives, Revitalizing the Global Economy, Reforming Market Capitalism and Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The WEF – Image courtesy of Davos
A whole range of areas will be discussed through the summit, from energy to education, production to consumption, within a structure of 14 key sectors or systems. Highlights and the list of key participants will be released at a press conference on January 10th at the Forum headquarters in Cologny-Geneva, though as ever expect to see a truly amazing gathering with many familiar faces.
If you are making your way to the summit the stunning Tivoli Lodge is a perfect and luxurious base, with over 700 square metres of space and stunning views south to the peaks of the Engadine. If someone has got there first there are a number of other chalets, or try to get one of the 49 rooms and suites at the Rixos Fluela, which were all recently fully renovated. Here too try the excellent food at one of its 3 restaurants.
Tivoli Lodge – Image courtesy of Tivoli Lodge
For one of the world’s most important and impressive summits, 2017 certainly looks like a year to watch. With so much to think and talk about there is much work to be done by some of the world’s greatest minds with the snowy Swiss mountains as a backdrop this January. Fly privately to Samedan airport or to St Gallen (Altenrhein) Airport in Switzerland and get to Davos in time for this globally renowned event.
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