(Also: Julia says we'll discuss Carr's column next week. OK, bunny.)
So in a recent post, Jules quotes Meghan's post on Davos, and adds her commentary. She is a Real. Journalist. ! She is having off-the-record conversations with Important People! Anyway, here it is:
I’ve assumed in past posts that you’re familiar with events like CES, DLD, and others, without really explaining their merits. It’s a bad habit of mine not to let you in on the details and story behind my lifecast, so I’m answering your questions here.
What is The World Economic Forum?
It’s one of the most esteemed conferences in the world where political, business, and intellectual leaders gather to discuss world issues. For a week, Davos (a resort town in Switzerland) is flooded with over 2000 attendees from 96 countries. Their main focus is to find solutions to the worldwide problems that plague us. With the worldwide economic collapse in the last year, it’s only fitting that this year the theme is “Shaping the Post-Crisis World.” Most sessions (I like to call them mini think tanks) are focused on figuring out what is up next for the worldwide economy. Each session poses questions hoping to educated and work out a game plan for the upcoming months.
Why are we here?
I had an INCREDIBLE experience last year, and when Julia got the opportunity to speak at DLD, we decided to stay for Davos. It’s only four hours away, and many of the DLD conference participants travel here en masse. We were lucky enough to have DLD put us up here in Davos. Unlike DLD, we’re trying to actually absorb and enjoy the conference - not just spend our time looking at our laptops. As a result, many of our posts will be next week, when we get home. In addition, quite a few of the people with whom we’ve had long conversations prefer to remain off the record, and we will respect them.
What exactly is the experience?
One word: SURREAL! Never could you imagine a town full of so many revolutionaries. At events, I’ve had to contain my excitement (keepin’ it cool) being around Hedge Fund idols, Foreign Diplomats, and Esteemed Writers. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk to Richard Branson about his various businesses. HOLY COW, it doesn’t seem real. I hope you don’t think I’m bragging. I’m merely trying to give you my mini-perspective on this strangely brilliant gathering. With that, I’ve been less interested in taking photos, as I find it quite gauche to play paparazzi.
What’s the difference between last year and this year?
Participants are in commiseration mode, mostly about the economic outlook, no one can predict what the future brings, so learning to adapt to the change in sentiment is key in order to move forward.
I have so much to say about our experiences here, but we’re busy nearly every second. We’ll post more when we’re quietly sitting in New York.
Until then, here are a few photos to tide you over! We’re not taking nearly the number we usually do, because it’s a little … inappropriate. People let down their guards at Davos for a reason. The choice is this: have the majority of our conversations off the record - or don’t have them at all. We chose the former.