It takes a lot to turn a ski resort into a world financial center.
Most of Davos went smoothly, but other parts could use a little more 'collaborative innovation.'
The conflicting theories of what the financial markets will do this year and where global economies are heading, are beginning to blend together in my mind. But there are a few things I've definitely learned from the World Economic forum.
Pizza parlors in Davos could shut down for the rest of 2008 and still end the year in the black.
There are official WEF transit vans and not-so-official vans with WEF signs. (I waited 15 minutes while a driver stopped to deliver dozens of eggs to the back of a restaurant and he asked for a tip at the end of the ride.)>
The Belvedere hotel lunch buffet is not free. I hesitated, but a couple of the media got hit with a charge of 80 Swiss francs for taking some smoked salmon.
Research In Motion's BlackBerry rules business. There wasn't an Apple iPhone in sight.
When approaching somebody with secret service protection remove your hands from your pockets (no matter how cold it is) and tread loudly.
There is no substitute for warm dry socks.
Here's some other observations -- and funny moments -- of the week.
Arming the Participants
Davos security is tight, starting with police badge checks, followed by x-ray bag and coat scans and metal detectors and a final computerized badge scan. Security ranges from people with badges that say police to those with ear pieces to bodyguards with vests and clearly packing heat. But that didn't stop Swiss national television from giving every guest that appeared on air a Swiss Army knife as a souvenir.
This left a lot of perplexed execs wondering whether to try and smuggle them through metal detectors or just drop a knife in the snow for anybody to pick up
What is wrong with giving out chocolate?