5 days from 26 - 30 January 2011.
In 1 village called Davos whose population for the rest of the 51 weeks is only 13000.
Questions on its efficacy and impact are bound to happen.
Especially when world's top leaders spend millions of dollars. Not counting their opportunity cost of millions of dollars which they could have used for their work.
I attempted my own rationale on 5 reasons which make World Economic Forum work.
Numerous communities started by WEF for some global cause serve as coming together of many like minded people with hopes and dreams of contributing for the cause. Hopes and positivity are big words in our times and I have a strong belief it will help attain the mission of the forum
Reason 2 - Individuals who can bring the much needed change
The 2500 delegates end up on an average staying for say 3 days (though forum is for 4.5 days but only for argument sake, let us assume average of 3 days). 8 hours roughly for each day means about 24 hours.
Reason 3 -
The five days at WEF is the only time when they are able to rise to globally relevant topics like gender parity, rise of Gen Y, changing norms in more connected world, etc
Reason 4 -
It was not a surprise to see the face behind a $100 bn company talking with a start-up guy. It does not matter how wealthy you are at Davos, as it is obvious that you are important enough to be there.
Reason 5 - Optimism at Peak
There was a unique environment when you see global leaders talking, walking and socialising with everyone else. For a while, it made me feel the world might just become a much better place. And hope in me still persists!!!
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