10 Davos 2013 Talks We Wish We Were Attending

As we’re no doubt all aware, The World Economoic Forum (Davos 2013, to its mates) kicks off on the 23rd Jan, packed to the brim with amazing conferences around business, culture and politics. But within the usual brain-bran of the world’s economic state, the upcoming changes in education and the problem of unemployment, there are some weird and wonderful topics being addressed. Our pick of the most intriguing? Read on. 

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Whilst we wait in anticipation for Enternships’ very own Rajeeb Dey to deliver his Davos speech – he’s speaking this year: “How To Prevent A Lost Generation” on behalf of young entrepreneurs everywhere – we couldn’t help but look over the rest of the programme. And what a programme it is. 

Our pick of the finest, weirdest and most brain-ticking talks Davos 2013 has to offer – set your jealous circuits to kill.

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10. ‘Roving On Mars With Curiosity’

Description

Scientist John Grotzinger shares groundbreaking discoveries from Mars made possible with the robotic rover Curiosity, pushing technological boundaries to a new order.

Why we want to go

This doesn’t sound like a talk so much as as a couple of hours spent looking at bad-ass pictures of SPACE SPACE magical SPACE. Sign us up.

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9. ‘The Art And Science Of Our Emotions’

Description

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” – Oscar Wilde

How can a better understanding of our emotional make-up help to achieve more balanced, insightful and efficient lifestyles?

Why we want to go

If our personalities are dictated by our genetic make-up, can it be possible to ever throw them off using scientific knowhow? Modern science clashing with ancient genes – that’s what we like to see.

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8. ‘Life Lessons from Jazz – Improvisation as a Way Of Life’

Description

While retaining its African-American roots, principles and aesthetics, jazz has become one of the world’s first truly global music styles. The centrality of improvisation, fluidity of leadership and collective nature of jazz bands have enabled jazz to absorb new traits without sacrificing identity. How do jazz musicians use improvisation to create their art form? How can the processes translate into daily life and enrich our experiences?

Why we want to go:

Among the audience members of Davos 2013 are David Cameron, George Osborne, Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel. If you’re telling us you don’t want to see that lot try their hand at some interpretive jazz, you’re lying.

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7. ‘An Insight, An Idea with Tim Berners-Lee’

Description

A conversation with scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee on what is wrong with social networking

Why We Want To Go

First of all – it’s Tim Berners-Lee. And second of all, although the chance of him throwing up his arms and screaming “A MONSTER! I’VE CREATED A MONSTER!” seems fairly low, it’s still worth a punt.

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6. ‘Renaissance Women’

Description

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart” – Helen Keller

Transnational artist Senam Okudzeto brings together disparate cultures to promote universal approaches to contemporary life.

Why we want to go

“In a time of deep economic, political and social unrest, it’s time we all turned to the Renaissance women for inspiration. Marry well, stay loyal to your husband, and if you can, give birth to boys.” – Well why don’t YOU come up with an opening statement?

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5. ‘Man Versus Machine’

Description

What do we know about human nature that science and technology cannot replicate?

Why we want to go

Two main reasons – one, anything with ‘versus’ in the title is usually stellar entertainment (Alien vs Predator, Mega-Shark vs Giant Octopus, the list is endless really), but also it has to be said that as technology marches ever-closer to total dominance over the human condition, the question of what cannot be re-created by man is an exceedingly pertinent one. Is it a question of that ephemeral concept -the soul?

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4. ‘War Against Obesity – Fat Invoice?’

Description

Obesity is the fastest-growing chronic disease, killing 2.8 million adults every year. With 1.4 billion overweight adults, we live in a world where unhealthy food, labour-saving devices, motorized transport and sedentary work are prevalent, and fast food sales are on the rise, blurring the boundaries between meals and snacks.  What are the key drivers of the obesity epidemic? And what societal and economic priorities challenge efforts to reduce obesity?

Why we want to go

Two words. Fat Invoice.

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3. ‘Is Religion Outdated In The 21st Century?’

Description

While religions are the oldest institutions in the world, they are the slowest to respond to modern issues such as drugs, homosexuality and family relationships. As we move further into the 21st century, it is important to re-examine the place religion holds in the world today. How can we reconcile the trends in society’s evaluation with religious beliefs?

Why we want to go

Surely one of the most polemic issues in current times – the relevance and value of organised religion. Not only will it spark massive disagreement, it will help bring to light the issues involved in trying to talk about the issue of religion without being a) offensive or b) vague enough to render the point worthless.

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2. ‘Man Of Character’

Description

“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso

Crime writer Henning Mankell explores the human condition through the protagonists in his novels and his work in Africa.

Why we want to go

Most famous for his exceedingly moody but wildly popular police detective character Kurt Wallander, Henning Mankell is known for his violent crime thrillers, his leftist activity and his critique on Swedish society at large. Never one to mince his words (only his antagonists), he is a fascinating character, and would be a truly refreshing (if probably fairly depressing) voice on the human condition.

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1. ‘Mindfulness Meditation’

Description

Meditation is the art of silencing the mind, helping you to increase self-awareness and act in a more calm, focused and authentic way. Join this early morning session with experts to learn and experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation.

Why we want to go

Well how else do you think Osborne is going to calm down after an afternoon of jazz flute?

Want to learn more about Davos 2013? Visit the official site here, and follow Enternship’s very own Rajeeb Dey (@rajdey) as he embarks on his Davos adventure from Sunday. He’s speaking at the confernece itself; a talk entitled Preventing A Lost Generation – so we’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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Natasha Hodgson is the Content and Community Manager over at Enternships. She loves writing about inspiring things, and Nicolas Cage. Luckily, those two things are not mutually exclusive.

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