Public & Private Davos: Live Streaming Sessions & Private Conversations
There are two Davos experiences: one public and one private. The public sessions have been democratization – as anyone can now watch many of the World Economic Forum sessions live from Davos, streaming on the web. And for those who don’t want to get up in the middle of the night in Canada to watch the morning Davos sessions live there is a library of sessions available.
But the private experience occurs at by invitation only sessions often breakfast, lunch and dinner sessions that are not taped, where “Chatham House Rule”
applies – i.e. no reporting. These “off the record” sessions are designed so that participants can speak frankly without fear of attribution. Of course there are the discussions that happen in hallways and meetings that go on behind closed doors.
When you sit, you never know who you’re talking to it could be the Chairman on a global consulting firm, a Minister of Finance, a journalist or a venture capitalist.
The fact that the public sessions are streamed over the web is a great democratization of Davos. But many of the most interesting insights occur in the “private” discussions. My next post will look at one of these conversations – and a game changing technology that you won’t hear talked about in other reporting from Davos.
Jim Harris is reporting from the World Economic Forum in Davos Jan 26-30. He’s tweeting continuously – and you can follow him here. You can read his prior Davos posts: “Davos Debate: The West isn’t Working” “The Age of Human Capital”and “World Economic Forum focuses on risks; CEOs on innovation”
Jim is a GreenTech columnist for the National Post. You can read his past columns here. He is the author of Blindsided, a #1 international bestseller published in 80 countries worldwide. He consults to organization wanting improve their bottom line and green their operations. Learn more at www.jimharris.com