In the afternoon of the second day at Summer Davos, I participated in the Workspace brainstorming session entitled “Future Integration of Northeast Asia.” It was the topic we have discussed several times on different occasions, and I had wondered whether we could propose something new. During the session, the news that Naoto Kan was elected to be the leader of DPJ. In the second breakout session, we were supposed to give advice to the political leader. It was a good timing! We came up with several proposals and the general discussion of the whole group was quite interesting (more so than I had expected.)
At the end of the day was the panel entitled “Sustainability and Corporate Competitiveness” which I chaired. As we heard the term “sustainability” so many times over the past day and a half, we tried to offer different perspective. I always get nervous when I moderate/chair the session, but with the help of the four business people (we lost one of the panelists at the last minute), we finished the session fine. I felt relieved after the panel and was ready to hit the Italian town.
Seeing Italian town in the center of Tianjin was rather interesting experience, but having wine, good food and good company (I ran into many old friends) was the best way to end the day.