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This is why the WEF matters. It provides an important bridge across the physical, cultural and intellectual barriers that have kept people apart in the past. It offers the potential for leaders to confront change, creating the prospect of a prosperous future for those who follow.

The World Economic Forum annual meeting gets underway in Davos on Wednesday with webcasts and podcasts of all presentations. While delighted that the organisers continue to provide online access to proceedings I was struck by the weblog post Davos puts the worlds leaders on equal terms by Ben Verwaayen, chief executive of BT Group. If you replace the words ‘Davos’ and ‘WEF’ with the word ‘Web’ throughout his post it gives a glimpse of how global connectivity will change our world as we know it today. More to follow …

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