Outside the Box: Davos elite promise global solutions, but they’re part of the problem

Each year in late January, global leaders — politicians, bureaucrats, corporate executives, and public intellectuals — make a pilgrimage to the Swiss town of Davos for the World Economic Forum. Demand is so great, and growing, available accommodations soon may not be sufficient.

These 2,000 or so elites (0.00003% of the world’s population) are the Davos Men (and comparatively few women), a term coined by political scientist Samuel P. Huntington. The average age of the participants is a bit over 50. They are predominately male, with only one in five being female. They represent around 1,000 organizations from 100 countries, although the largest proportion are from Western Europe and North America.

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