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  The third day at Davos began with the facilitation of the community Japan breakfast at the hotel at the farthest end of Davos from the hotel I am staying.  We tried to develop some action items to fill the gap between the facts about Japan and the perception, as well as the status of the globalization of the Japanese companies particularly in terms of the human capital development.  We had so much discrepancy in understanding among the participants about the status that we could not develop action items. 

  I then walked with two young Japanese staff working for the WEF to the Congress Center to listen to Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK. It was the first time I heard him in person and I was struck by his youth, high energy level and the dedication to implement the tough reform.  He conducted his own Q& A session, walking around and taking questions.  I have never seen any head of the state do this, as most do Q & A with Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the WEF.

  I then joined the members of the Talent Mobility group in the private meeting with the EC Commissioner for Employment to discuss our specific action items from the Group.  We found the room for collaboration and sharing reports, ideas etc. and agreed that we would have another round of meeting for the follow-up.

  In the afternoon, I attended the panel (which was open to media) entitled “Confronting New Realities: the Nordic Experience”.  The heads of states from Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland had a very interesting panel discussing how the Nordics were able to maintain high competitiveness ranking and to recover from the financial crisis quickly.  I was struck not only by the content of their remarks (quite a few interesting policy and institutional ideas) but also by their witty comments, quickness in thinking on the spot and the sense of humor.  It was very helpful as I was scheduled to facilitate the workshop Saturday morning to follow up this panel. 

  Then I participated in the panel entitled “New Mobile Reality” with panelists from Google, News corporation, Vodafone and Fonkozo, Haiti. The positive tone of the panel pointing out that mobile empowers individuals and the enormous potential for mobile to resolve global issues such as poverty, education and health etc.was encouraging.  Eric Schmidt’s comment “With mobile, I am never alone.” was so true, I felt.

  The last plenary was the panel entitled “Future of the Enterprise”.  Panelists included Michael E. Porter who wrote a seminal paper entitled “Creating Shared Value”, Paul  Bulcke, CEO of Nestle,  Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico, among others. Indra Nooyi  of Pepsico was very inspiring as her message is so clear and her story is always vivid. Panel was quite heated, showing the recent distrust of the business community by the public and the challenges to implement shared value creation. “Creating shared value”, and not “Sharing created value” by Paul Bulcke was good to distinguish the two and to indicate the meaning of shared value.

Belvedere I then went to the reception by Infosys, but decided to skip the dinner I was invited to. I felt that I needed some rest and some time to prepare for the workshop the next day.  I was afraid that I could come down with cold as I was so short on sleep for three days and walked for a long time in very cold weather in the morning.  I realized that I had to review the panel on the Nordic experience and to read the the booklet entitled the Nordic Way to prepare for the workshop.  I ended up going to sleep at little after 9:30 p.m. and woke up at little after 3:00 a.m. in the morning.  I felt bad about missing the dinner at the last minute, but it was very important for me to deliver as I am given such a good opportunity to facilitate the workshop.  I have to do my best preparing for it.

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