14 Things I Learned At Davos 2012

This was my eleventh trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. My posts from the last few years can be found here:  2011, 2010. This year felt more subdued and fearful than the last few -- a pall cast by the continually roiling European debt crisis. While caution emanated from the economy, hope and positive vibes pulsed out of technology. Most of the under 30 and under 40 types at Davos have recently launched tech companies -- their energy and natural lean to the future kept the aging plutocrats on their toes. It's obvious that the digital economy approaches -- an economy in which no company, regardless of whether it sells tires, insurance, or machine tools will be able to expand market share and profit without continually thinking, "Digital first."
 
Aside from that lesson, here are 14 other things I learned...
 
1) Mick Jagger is short and appears to be entering his 12th decade. But he's still a great dancer.
 
2) 50% of the people in Middle East are under the age of 25. Demographics continues to drive political destiny. The Arab Spring will not be restricted to one season. A decade of turmoil lies ahead, caused by too many young people and not enough jobs.
 
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