Davos: world leaders miss out on the personal touch

In some ways Davos looks much the same as in previous years. The world’s great and good from politics, academia, business and the media have once again descended on Switzerland. The combination of all of these companies and leaders from around the world in an otherwise quiet and rural backwater is as incongruous as ever. … Continue reading “Davos: world leaders miss out on the personal touch”

The challenges of change

When the first electric light switches were installed in the White House in the 1890s, then-president Benjamin Harrison refused to touch them for fear of being electrocuted. For the duration of his presidency, he would ask his staff to flick the switches. Harrison’s aversion is one small example of rational human fear in response to … Continue reading “The challenges of change”

World leaders gather in Davos

The 2017 gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos takes place this week against an almost unprecedented backdrop of global political and economic uncertainty. The ramifications of the UK’s vote last June to leave the European Union are extensive. Re-setting the trading and political relationship will be a multi-year process that will result in … Continue reading “World leaders gather in Davos”