Just recently, the world’s top financial minds and business leaders gathered at Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum‘s annual meeting. The agenda: To solve economic problems and promote greater cooperation towards a progressive world.
Well, do you think they were able to come to a consensus and fix the world’s financial troubles? Guess that’s too much to ask. Expectedly, the only things that they could do are identify problem areas, find some sort of solutions, and socialize. Even as experts linked to the World Economic Forum suggests severe income inequality is the biggest global risk in the future; however, as Branko Milanovic of the World Bank‘s research group pointed out – the desire and ability to solve income disparities is limited.
More so, governments can not do much because of the financial system and globalization. If this is the case, don’t you think capitalism is the culprit? Certainly, we want to see things work but for how long? The world is growing and so are its needs. Also, it’d be hard to come to terms within and outside nations because of conflicting ideals. But, what’s the use of meetings then?
Clearly, with these issues, it’d be impossible to make a home run. And the only reason why much of the world is advancing is because of some quick fixes that actually benefits the upper class more than the lower or middle classes. Otherwise, we would not experience extremes for protracted periods and get walloped.
And so, was the whole meeting simply about showing off? Not really if Leaders participated in the Struggle for Survival and truly understood what it is to live in poverty. Not sympathize on the outside and ridicule on the inside. See, tears dry up and donations could only go so far. People need to really feel this year’s theme: Resilient Dynamism. Bold vision and even bolder action?
In a nutshell, Davos 2013 is just like a nice break from the pressures and stresses at the office. A good networking vacation for many supposed leaders. How many were just there for the photos or publicity? Could you still sleep well while many doesn’t even have shelter? Come on! Let’s really get working!
Next week, we’ll be discussing the biggest global risk as identified in Davos and its underlying solutions.
What’s your take?