Monthly Archives: January 2016

IMG_3502 January 29

Global Security, Women Leaders and Championing Workers’ Rights: Final Thoughts on Davos

A few days after arriving back in New York after the World Economic Forum, I’ve been reflecting on the strange experience of living for a week in a snowy Swiss mountain village where food and drinks are ample and free, and your neighbours are top political and business leaders.

12548977_10154037049202784_5799661528223045370_n January 23

Trudeau mania, the power of the image, and how yoghurt can help refugees

If there’s one person having a great World Economic Forum, it’s Justin Trudeau. Appearing on multiple panels, taking selfies with everyone, and delivering a vision of inclusivity, feminism and diversity, he’s wowing everyone. Last night’s Canada reception must have been one of the best attended at the Forum. With squeezing room only, Trudeau-mania was in […]

Canada_Parliament_Buildings January 22

Sweet contradictions: Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia

More can be done from this country with a proud past and proven ability to use soft power to achieve change in the world.

Anna Macdonald, Control Arms Director, along with Badr Jafar, Advocate of High-Impact Entrepreneurship, and Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. January 20

Venture Capitalists, Cocoa, and Chobani: Day Two at the WEF in Davos

By Anna Macdonald, Control Arms Director I’ve now had my first 24 hours at Davos, which has included: a welcome reception; a surprisingly kicking Indian finance party; a cable car ride up a mountain to meet Formula 1 racing champions who coached us in how to perform better; facilitating a session on the gaps in […]

AO Center Davos, picture from the outside of the building in winter with snow, 2009 January 19

Discussing Inequality with Billionaires: My First Trip to Davos

Davos boasts a bewildering array of discussions and panels to attend, with a participants list that’s basically a Who’s Who in global influence. But will discussions really come up with practical solutions to reduce extreme inequalities and conflict ?