To be honest, the talk of the Swiss town was the massive fraud at the French bank Société Générale (for once, we, French, set a world class record in finance, let’s celebrate!)
Seriously now. I think the most interesting speech at this 2008 edition of the World Economic Forum was Bill Gates. Microsoft founder outlined what he called “Creative Capitalism”: the use of market forces to address poor-country needs.
> Gates’ interview in The Wall Street Journal
> and the report from Davos by Fortune
On the same subject, Business Week run a great cover story bluntly titled Can Greed Save Africa. Here.
And in this 2006 New Yorker’s piece, Connie Bruck outlined the connections between high stake entrepreneurship and microcredit. xw