Every January, we send a team to Davos, but this year seemed different. Anticipation for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting was heightened, even among the Davos faithful. As Gillian Tett, the Financial Times’s US Managing Editor, wrote in Foreign Policy, “While previous reports of Davos Man’s death have been greatly exaggerated, a revolution is now brewing against his rosy ideals — a revolt that is likely to spread in 2017 and send shock waves through the global economy.”
How would Davos attendees respond to widening trust gaps and populist ballot box surprises, the public wondered. Or, as Tett put it, “the elites who fall under the banner of Davos Man can take a small collective step by showing more humility.” Judging by press reports, that humility didn’t seem evident.
However, as usual at Davos, there’s more going on below the surface. This year, our team at Davos hosted a roundtable with the New York Times, sponsored by Acciona. You can read more about our experience here.
Journalists, for their part, appear to do be doing requisite amounts of soul searching. “Within the journalistic community there has been a certain amount of useful reflection and scrutiny,” Times columnist Nick Kristof told our audience, “and a sense that we collectively screwed up,”
Managing Director Sophie Lambin, who moderated the panel of New York Times luminaries gives a full rundown in her LinkedIn post. Don’t miss the back-and-forth on fake news between these mainstream media champions (President and CEO Mark Thompson, International President Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, columnists Kristof and Tom Friedman, and reporter Katrin Bennhold) and the social media executives in the audience.