How different are the Davos participants year-to-year? We’ve collected data on the annual WEF meetings back to 2009 and analyzed how many attendees have been repeats.
See data visualizations showing how the size of a country’s presence at Davos compares with its population and GDP size, based on analysis of the WEF’s participants lists for the last 8 years. Explore the charts yourself to see where your country fits.
Of the accredited reporters at Davos, 39% are women; of the “media leaders”—the senior editorial staff and owners—the figure is 25%, a number that seems to confirm that women are more underrepresented as we climb up the editorial ranks.
Economists are invited to Davos as a reflection of the profession’s influence in society, particularly in policy making and business strategy.
Surreal markets at the WEF
During the World Economic Forum’s 2011 annual meeting, the tiny Swiss town of Davos, with just over 11,000 inhabitants, had 31,200 overnight stays. In general, local Davosers are supportive of this—who wouldn’t be, if you can get paid up to $33,000 a week for renting out your apartment?
“Of course I’m afraid!” she bursts out in a heavy French accent when asked about the risk of a terror attack. “You never know what could happen!”
“Davos is the mother of all conferences,” a WEF Annual Meeting attendee once told us last year. Besides the official (and secret, private) program that has been under development for the entire year by a dedicated team at the Forum, what else makes Davos, well, Davos?
The World Resources Forum in Davos has officially started. Studentreporters are on the ground hunting for stories at the town’s famous Congress Centre.
A systems-level approach was taken to identify ecological risks and resilience at the Earth’s Tipping Points session. And again, resilience, especially for and about people, was the key theme for the Designing Smart Cities session.
Panelists at the Scaling Social Innovation session focused on the importance of effective financing models and cross-sectoral partnerships for scaling up.
The Global Energy Context session discussed the dramatic macroeconomic effects of the rise of shale gas in the US, as well as how “markets are quietly achieving both growth and environmental improvements.”
Panelists from China’s Growth Context positively noted that “for the first time, consumption is leading the economic recovery [instead of investment-driven growth]” with no mentions of environmental consequences.