The Davos Debates: Engage, Debate, Attend

The global financial crisis overshadowed today’s sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The World Economic Forum is an international non-profit organization that is committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It holds an annual meeting at this time each year and 2009 is its thirty-eighth year of international leadership. In addition to the global economic crisis, other topics for this year’s meeting include energy, climate, governance, poverty and education.

Technology plays an especially relevant role at the World Economic Forum this year. In addition to the now-mainstream webcast and podcast information delivery channels, this year social media utilities allow us all to better engage, debate and attend. It may come as a surprise that we can be part of such a remote conference, but through Facebook, Twitter and Youtube we can do just that, at least virtually.

Citizen journalism is very active through Youtube and MySpace Citizen Reporter channels. The World Economic Forum sponsors an open group on Facebook with over 2,100 members. You’ll also find chat sessions and a Youtube channel. And for the most current updates, follow the Davos tweets on Twitter.

The World Economic Forum continues throughout the next four days. I hope you will have the opportunity to engage, debate and attend. Enjoy !