In the afternoon of the second day at Davos this year (January 27, 2011), I participated in the session entitled “Yes is More” by the architect from Denmark. It was a very inspiring session as the architect discussed the concept of ”Hedonistic Sustainability,” i.e., one example is the innovative building of a ski slope on top of the factory in Copenhagen! After his presentation, interesting Q & A session followed in which he talked about hundreds of failed projects (i.e. the ones not selected in the competition) and about dozen successful ones. It clearly showed that innovation accompanies so many failures (not the other way round)
The last plenary was the special session with Bill Clinton, together with Professor Klaus Schwab. Bill Clinton was here last year promoting the activities to support Haiti right after the earthquake. Every time I hear him speak, I am always impressed how good a speaker he is and find his style very attractive and appealing. His talk covered a wide range starting from Haiti to U.S. politics and Tunisia etc. I particulalry liked his advice to young leaders (which he said he had repeated many times) to “Do something” rather than just talk about the problems and issues.
I then went to Japan Night which had a big turnout, Korean Night where I ran into one of ICS alumni (she works for the Korean Federation of Business which hosted the reception) and then onto the Indonesia Reception where I met with the Minister of Trade Mari Pangestu. More from the ground tomorrow.