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Making sense of Davos

January 9, 2012

When the World Eco­nomic Forum pub­lishes a well-researched report on global gender gaps, sus­tain­able con­sump­tion, water secur­ity or com­pet­it­ive­ness, it fuels global debate. When it gath­ers its Mem­bers from the busi­ness world with oth­ers from a broad swathe of soci­ety (aca­dem­ics, artists, politi­cians, human rights cam­paign­ers, trade uni­on­ists, envir­on­ment­al­ists and more), it becomes either the sin­is­ter archi­tect of a global con­spir­acy or the convener […]


Education by evensong

May 17, 2011

Noth­ing enshrines so com­pletely the idea of decline as an Eng­lish cathed­ral. Mil­len­nial in age, monu­mental in scale, metic­u­lous in dec­or­a­tion, the cathed­ral is ded­ic­ated to a medi­eval deity. A god of build­ings, wor­shipped through spires and fly­ing but­tresses and arches, feared through plaster paint­ings of dev­ils and awed in roof bosses carved with angels and apostles. A god […]


The Ideas­Broth­ers blog has uncovered a novel writ­ten by an advert­ising plan­ner. In a pent­house apart­ment on the right side of town, a 28‐54 year old man called Dan tried to con­trol his breath­ing. Someone or some­thing was mov­ing about down­stairs. He listened intently. There it was again. In the inky dark, the sound had real cut‐through com­pared to […]


I am delighted and — yes, excited — to announce that I’ll be join­ing the World Eco­nomic Forum as Man­aging Dir­ector and Head of Com­mu­nic­a­tions from August. [More here.] In the new role I’ll be remov­ing my com­ment­ary hat and trav­el­ling a lot more, so the blog will prob­ably fall into abey­ance — it’s been suffering […]