I asked some of my London World Link colleagues for top tips for Davos first-timers. Here are the results.
Relax and enjoy it. Davos can be pretty hectic, so make sure you leave time for chance encounters and serendipity. Some people even carve out time for skiing — there’s great Alpine and cross-country skiing in Davos. About five years ago, I took advantage of Sunday morning “sports day” to go skiing and got caught in a blizzard. I spent the whole morning sharing hot chocolates and some strudel in a snowed-in mountaintop restaurant with John Sculley and his brother Arthur. A not atypical Davos moment.
Spend some time on arrival figuring out the layout of the Congress Centre and the town (note to Dave Winer: I’ll try on Monday to find some better maps to post on the site). The Congress Centre works quite well, but it is a maze since they plugged a new building onto an old one when Davos started to outgrow its origins. All of the lunch and dinner sessions are in hotels, so it helps to know which direction to head for those sessions.
Finally, Olga had the simplest suggestion. “Just be there.”
And where is there? I had to include this: