Skip to main content

WEF: Meeting Of The Minds Or Five-Day Long E-binge? Or Both?

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

So. The World Economic Forum. In Davos, Switzerland. Beginning today. Obviously our invites got lost in the mail (we’ve never trusted the postal service before and, apparently, our “paranoia,” as some like to call it, was completely warranted). But that’s kind of beside the point—it’s not like Carney could even go, what with the “broken leg,” and even if my invitation hadn’t been misplaced, this week’s been pretty jammed for me since before May. So the DealBreakers probably would’ve had to say “rain check” to the whole event, anyway. Which was fine by us, we weren’t bitter or anything about the snub silly mix-up. Until we read Bloomberg’s first journal entry describing what sounds like the most insane rave/orgy/social experiment/acid trip ever, that is.

This week, [Andreas] Heinecke brings his drapes and deadbolts to the 37th World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he aims to usher luminaries such as BP Plc Chief Executive Officer John Browne and Coca-Cola Co. CEO E. Neville Isdell into a pitch-black sensory deprivation chamber alongside Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt, Citigroup Inc. CEO Charles Prince and hedge fund Third Point LLC's chief executive, Daniel Loeb.
``Dialogue in the Dark is an intimidating situation,” Heinecke says of his mischievous management training method, which involves CEOs spending an hour inside a dark room rigged with surprises and traps while attempting to accomplish a series of tasks and discussing how they feel about losing their authority and influence.
The WEF game plan involves Israeli philosopher Addyd Emile, three multilingual blind women and a wine bar to help 24 WEF delegates at a time to ``rely on their humanity to survive'' an encounter with their personal hobgoblins.
Navigating the maze without vision combines the tingle of an amusement-park thrill ride with the resoluteness of making instantaneous decisions that affect the other executive team members. The global leaders are probably in for “a magical mystery tour of management'' once they enter the dark room.

Now we’d give Carney’s one functioning leg to be there. We guess The 'Berg's updates will have to suffice. And DealBook's Davos Diary. And the hidden camera we got Daniel Loeb to agree to wear pinned to the lapel of his jacket for the entirety of the conference.
Chiefs at Davos Face Panic, Intimidation in Darkness at Noon [Bloomberg]
Your Invitation to Mingle With Bono [DealBook]

Related

Food Eating Challenge Of The Day: "It's Not Clear What's Going On In His Mind And Body"

As you all are well aware, from time to time we cover food eating challenges around these parts. We don't chronicle all the feats of gastrointestinal fortitude that come our way, though, because while we love you all, not all of your FECs constitute what we'd consider an actual challenge worth covering. As previously discussed, our high bar has everything to do with the first contest we ever wrote about (as a postmortem), which involved a man named Oyster Boy, who consumed 244 oysters in 1 hour at Ulysses, throwing down the gauntlet down for one of you to pick up, vis-à-vis goring yourself for sport. Do we really expect anyone to match OB in magnitude or strength of stomach lining? No, we do not. Having said that, "challenges" such as eating 8 vending machine items in 12 hours (or in an unlimited amount of time!) are not going to cut it. It's not an exact science but we look for FECs that are imaginative, topical, and/or represent a high degree of difficulty. (And while we wouldn't actually advise it, live streaming the whole thing would make our day.) Which brings us to today's challenge. It occurred at an investment bank in midtown and although it loses points for not letting us know ahead of time so that we could chronicle the thing in real time, there are a number of things we like about it. Intern vs. VP. [Redacted] intern's last day (ever?). A dozen donuts each from our friends at DD. 1 hour limit to finish...Intern: larger build, 6'1" and extremely ambitious. VP: fit and 5'8" with a vicious appetite. Identical donut selection includes: - 2 chocolate - 2 glazed - 1 sugar - 2 strawberry frosted - 2 chocolate frosted - 1 blueberry - 1 Oreo crumble - 1 Boston creme VP downed the whole thing in 13:31. Intern disappointingly tapped out shortly after at 9 donuts and a bite. Intern is feeling "terrible," is alternating between a sugar rush and mild depression, and wants to sleep under his desk. It's not clear what's going on in his mind and body. Besides looking very uncomfortable, he's having a hard time responding to questions with any answer besides "I don't know." He's buying drinks for everyone tonight. Obviously there's zero sense of urgency here as a result of getting a recap rather than doing it live. But! Twelve adult-sized donuts (as opposed to a bunch of munchkins)? Good. Thirteen minutes for the whole spread? Good. Pitting a superior against an underling (rather than making a couple of interns race each other)? GOOD. Take these ideas, particularly the last one and run with them. Feel free to come up with your own but at least just consider making founder vs. peasant/30 minutes/2 chocolate fountains each/70-100 items to dip/race to the finish happen.