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The annual World Economic Forum
"The Great Transformation"
London (CNN) --
Following a year in which "people power" was the rallying cry from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, the annual World Economic Forum might seem an elitist anomaly.
Never mind the 1%, this is the 0.00004%: around 2,600 of the world's top political and business leaders, coming together to address the big issues -- most pressingly, the eurozone debt crisis -- in the luxurious surrounds of a Swiss ski resort.
Among those gathering in Europe's highest-altitude town from January 25 to 29 will be
Royalty from Saudi Arabia, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands,
Billionaires like philanthropist George Soros,
Senior executives from Facebook, Google and other tech giants, ...
Leaders of countries including Germany, South Africa, Mexico,
and the world's youngest nation, South Sudan.
While admission is free for heads of state, civil society or faith leaders and international organizations, among others, those paying will face a $20,000 price tag for admission, plus other costs which can easily push the bill to $40,000.
But the true barrier to entry is having the power and influence to secure a "white badge" of invitation, the only means of admission to this most exclusive of clubs.
As undemocratic as the event may seem, the forum's architects say that the current global atmosphere of unrest will give discussions an even greater significance.
This year's theme is "The great transformation: shaping new models."
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 41st session of the World Economic Forum in Davos, bringing together politicians and business leaders from all around the world.(2011)
Vladimir Putin has delivered a speech at the opening session of the World Economic Forum. Vasily Gatov from Publishers of Russia Guild and Mikhail Dmitriev of Strategic Research Fund (2011)
Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by AzureSky
I know and I agree with you 100%
We can only watch and wait.
How do we affect change ourselves? It is a conundrum.