WEF 2020 Post-Mortem: Contradictions at the Heart of Davos and the Future of Our Work

The World Economic Forum’s annual event is over for another year. Once again, Davos was a fascinating and frustrating few days, providing a snapshot of what the global elite hive mind is currently thinking. Beyond the obvious highlights – that POTUS and Greta are probably not on each other’s Christmas card lists, that “big tech” […]

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Fifty Thoughts from Davos 50

It’s the 50th anniversary of the founding of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. In its honor, here are 50 observations from this year’s event. (50?! Don’t worry – I’ll keep it quick and painless.) It’s balmy – colder back in Massachusetts. POTUS came – and hardly anyone noticed. The global […]

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World Economic Forum 2019: Final Reflections

Back home on Cape Cod, Davos 2019 already seems an age ago. So before the happenings of last week entirely fade from my overly full memory banks, here are a few thoughts on what I saw and heard. This year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting came at a time when the very idea of Davos […]

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World Economic Forum 2019: Making the Future Work

In his famous 1962 book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” Thomas Kuhn outlined how changes in orthodoxies occur. Popularizing the term “paradigm shift,” Kuhn examined how dominant doctrines – broadly shared and agreed upon – are overthrown by new ideas first thought to be from the lunatic fringe but that, in turn, become the new orthodoxy. […]

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World Economic Forum 2019 Preview: The Silk Road to 6G

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this year will be the epicenter of two of the world’s most important trends: The rollout of 5G, the next-generation networking infrastructure that will more tightly bind together the world’s 7.7 billion people, as well as the four billion “things” expected to be deployed by 2020. The […]

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WEF 2017: The Future of Work and the 10 Summits Ahead

The second hottest topic of conversation in World Economic Forum (WEF) conference rooms and Davos restaurants this week: What exactly is the future of work? (We’ll get to the first hottest topic in a minute.) Over coffee and schnitzel (and the odd glass or three of gluhwein), attendees are pondering the work ahead, and how […]

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WEF 2017: A Manifest Destiny of Machines

As we approach this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, a new economy – a digital economy – is emerging from the red hot furnace of technological innovation. An economy based on artificial intelligence, algorithms, “bots” and instrumented “things” is taking shape and, in the process, generating huge new money from ideas that […]

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