National Geographic Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg on plastics in the ocean

National Geographic is not only one of the most beautifully crafted and highly respected publications on the planet. Its images and stories can also have a profound impact on the way we live our lives and our attitudes toward the environment. At Davos 2019 I met the Editor-in-Chief, Susan Goldberg, to talk about why plastic Read more about National Geographic Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg on plastics in the ocean[…]

Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Unilever on brand purpose, sustainable goals and the impact of Millennials on companies

“Companies with purpose last. Brands with purpose grow and people with purpose thrive.” From being created as a response to the dirt and squalor of Victorian England to becoming the multinational global enterprise it is today Unilever as a brand takes purpose very seriously, At Davos in 2019 I spent time with Keith Weed, Chief Read more about Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Unilever on brand purpose, sustainable goals and the impact of Millennials on companies[…]

Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Greta Thunberg, Swedish Student Climate Change Activist on the school strike movement, and her passion for environmental issues

Everyone now knows who Greta Thunberg is. The student climate change activist from Sweden whose passion for environmental issues and leadership of the school strike movement has given her access to the ears of many global political leaders. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Greta after I hosted her  press conference at Davos. Read more about Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Greta Thunberg, Swedish Student Climate Change Activist on the school strike movement, and her passion for environmental issues[…]

Moisés Naím – Power in the 21st century is not achieved through the barrel of a gun – it is the power to persuade & motivate.

The great paradox - Davos must be one of the highest concentrations of the most powerful people in the world, yet power to get things done is not here. Everyone is anxious and concerned about the immigration crisis in Europe - biggest movement of people since the second world war.  Everyone says it is urgent that Read more about Moisés Naím – Power in the 21st century is not achieved through the barrel of a gun – it is the power to persuade & motivate.[…]

Dmitri Alperovitch of Crowdstrike “The reality is that there isn’t a cyber air force – it is up to companies to protect themselves.”

Dmitri, Alperovitch, Co-founder and CTO of Crowdstrike on cyber-attacks “There really are two problems we foresee here. One is the destructive attacks were starting to see take place in Ukraine.” “We have seen for the first time ever parts of the electric grid in Ukraine being shut down through cyber-attack, we've never seen that before. Read more about Dmitri Alperovitch of Crowdstrike “The reality is that there isn’t a cyber air force – it is up to companies to protect themselves.”[…]

Harvard Kennedy School’s Iris Bohnet – companies can learn from orchestras who audition people behind curtains!

I love the example Iris told me about how orchestras in the United States in the 1970s increased the amount of women they had in their pits.  At the time only 5% of musicians in the top five orchestras were women.  They made a conscious decision to make musicians audition behind curtains - this helped women advance Read more about Harvard Kennedy School’s Iris Bohnet – companies can learn from orchestras who audition people behind curtains![…]

Susan Goldberg, Editor of National Geographic, “We turned the keys of Instagram to our photographers”

National Geographic turned the social media keys directly to its photographers - they follow basic rules and post directly to National Geographic's Instagram Page.  This has been incredibly powerful and has made National Geographic the biggest brand on social media.  With 41 million followers on Instagram (not quite Kim Kardashian, but close) National Geographic has a bigger Read more about Susan Goldberg, Editor of National Geographic, “We turned the keys of Instagram to our photographers”[…]

Devin Wenig, CEO of eBay, “the future doesn’t have to be Drones and Robots!” Davos 2016

The fourth industrial revolution means the next phase of technological disruption.  What is the impact on all of the people?  eBay paints a positive picture - the future doesn't have to be drones and robots world where people are devalued.  Technology can be an enabler of humanity.  Platforms like eBay allow small businesses to get Read more about Devin Wenig, CEO of eBay, “the future doesn’t have to be Drones and Robots!” Davos 2016[…]
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My interview with Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University in Davos 2016

Every year in Davos I catch up with Ricardo Hausmann, Director of the Center for International Development about the economic and political situation in Venezuela.  In the recent election Venezuelans voted for change, but there the government is comprised of opposing parties and there is a constitutional and governance crisis at the time when the macro-economic Read more about My interview with Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University in Davos 2016[…]