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Davos 2014: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media

9 January 2014

 

Davos is around the corner. If you have not yet received the coveted invitation, you can still follow the event from the comfort of your home or office. Over 2000 executives, heads of state, academics, NGOs, thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs and technology pioneers will meet, talk, debate, often disagree. Many of those conversations exit the walls of the Davos Congress center so that you can participate. Here is a primer on the how and where. I will update regularly as more information is released.

 

 

Before the meeting

The overall theme for Davos 2014, "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business" will drive the conversations, and the subjects discussed by the speakers and panels.

  • Your first step to prepare and time when you want to tune in, is to access the official program here.
  • You might also want to read some of the blog posts written by speakers here.
  • Reports by the World Economic Forum are available for downloads ( #pdftribute !) in Scribd here. The organization offers also a dashboard, with Facebook, Youtube and Twitter on one page, which I find handy: click here
  • There are a few analysis and reports that will be released during the week. For instance, you might want to listen at 6.30pm CET on Tuesday 21 January, Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd., who will reveal the results of PwC's annual global survey of CEOs ( see here )



During the meeting

Listen - real time

The full programme, webcast sessions, curated social media comments from participants and the global public, photos and other session-related content will be accessible from the event page: http://wef.ch/am14. You will be able to follow the discussions for the four sub-themes of the event:

  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Societal Expectations
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Sustaining World 9 Billion

Each of the public lifestream sessions will have a curated conversation stream running underneath it. We’ll be hosting analysis of twitter conversations on the website, plus nearly 70 blog posts to accompany the themes ( Source: World Economic Forum)

 

In addition, KPMG has created The World Economic Forum Live which launched next week with live infographics and key discussions from the delegates. The firm has provided bloggers and media sites with the ability to embed customizable WEFLIVE widgets directly on their site. These widgets include a view to the top tweets, trends and participants, and users can click through to WEFLIVE.com for the full picture. However new for this year, the widgets will be available directly on the WEForum.org site. KPMG has this year again implemented a filter for Women at the WEF on WEFLIVE.com, and given the focus on gender targets at this year’s summit I’m sure it will be a trending topic.

For those of you nwho did not get an invitation to the World Economic event in Davos in person, there is an Open Forum, open to all. In my experience, there are great sessions shared there, and very lively conversations. You can also access the program here: http://www.openforumdavos.ch/en/open-forum-2014.html.

 

Watch

Many pictures are shared from the event, some official, many shared by the participants. Here is a guide:

  • The quickest access to pictures is to view dozens of pictures uploaded in real time to Flickr by the WEF ( http://wef.ch/am14pix). or  here ( on Flickr).
  • In 2012, pictures from participants taken with their mobiles phones could  be viewed here on Sharypic, let’s hope this will be available this year again.
  • A selection of the best pictures taken at the Annual Meeting will be made available free of charge under the creative commons licence.
  • I will load pictures on Competia's photostream here and on Pinterest here .
  • I am working on figuring out how Instagram will be used... You can try to search for #davos images on Webstagram for example

The World Economic Forum’s webcast widget is fully embeddable. The full programme, individual sessions, and session information are all available as customisable modules which can be embedded individually or in combination. For full details, technical specs and embed codes: http://wef.ch/embed ( source: the World Economic Forum)

 

Participate

You can follow discussions from attendees on most social media platforms:

Twitter:

Lots is going on Twitter during Davos. The Forum has not yet issued the list of participants or journalists attending ( I will post it as soon as they do). Official lists will include:

I like this analysis of the participant by geography, gender, first-timers etc...

You can follow the The World Economic Forum on Twitter @Davos as well as the live tweet account @WEF where key quotes get tweeted from official plenary sessions. Although organizers are trying to suggest that the official hashtag is #WEF14, I suspect that your magic word on twitter is #WEF , the hashtag used by all participants at the event ( with a word of caution - #WEF is also used by the World Equestrian Festival, which always leads to some interesting quiproquos...). Occasionally, participants will use #davos too. I will follow and share what strikes my interest on Competia's twitter account.

Make sure you follow also the communities: @GlobalShapers ( Young Global Shapers) @TechPioneers ( Technology Pioneers), @SchwabFound (Social Entrepreneurs) and @YGLVoices ( Young Global Leaders) These sub-communities often have a specific program, and tweets can be a great complement to the ones stemming from the official program. In particular, I encourage you to follow closely the list of this years technology pioneers ( as well as alumni) for technology related discussions: https://twitter.com/techpioneers/lists .

Facebook:

Facebook is always very busy. You can either get the official feed from the WEF's page ( here)  or join a discussion group ( currently over 4,000 members) here

Google+:

The World Economic Forum has quite an active Google+ feed. It had launched a Google+ community, but  it has been withdrawn.

In China, you could follow last year discussions in Chinese on Youku and Sina Weibo. I will check if this is still the case.

LInkedIn:

On LinkedIn, discussions are happening here.

Pinterest:

The World Economic Forum has a Pinterest account, but it is unlikely to be a significant source of information this year. On my end, I will load pictures on Pinterest here here .

Finally, participants should download the official app. Fans also can follow the program using their own app here.



After the meeting

If the time difference does not allow you to catch the session in real time, you can also access them on demand on the Forum’s YouTube channel http://wef.ch/am14youtube. The forum's press office is telling me that Three minute edited session highlights will be made available on the programme page and on YouTube.

The best tweets, pictures and videos from the Annual Meeting will be collated on  Storify .

I like the featured bloggers in Netvibes, a nice way to follow the most prominent bloggers and their point of view.

Finally, major media have created specific pages to address the news stemming from Davos: click here for  Reuters, CNN, The Guardian  's 'Davos spaces". 

No official account on Soundcloud to find the podcasts, but try your luck by searching directly on the site ( like this)

 

Davos - Unofficial

A few accounts will portray for you what happens in Davos - with an unofficial voice. Take their findings with a grain a salt, they tend to be provocative ...

My pick

Here are some of the people I like to follow at Davos ( bear in mind my interest is around governance, disruption, trends and technologies). First, the team behind the event:

  • Adrian Monck, the Managing Director in charge of Media and Communications$
  • Robert Greenhill, the Managing Director and Cheif Business Officer
  • Helena Leurent, a senior Director, involved in particular with governance issues

Then participants who tend to talk about what they hear, and ideas getting moved:

  • Don Tapscott, the Macrowikinomics author, who will probably follow issues of open innovation and open cities
  • Caroline Ghosn, a Global Shaper, involved with the Levo League and who will likely present us a good view from the Millenials generation
  • Helen Clark, the head of UNDP and former prime minister of New Zealand
  • Arianna Huffington, the president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist ( I am hoping he will tweet a bit more in the next few weeks)
  • Michael Hastings, the global head of corporate citizenship for KPMG
  • Gianpiero Petriglieri , a professor at INSEAD, talking about leadership development, the brain, and caring
  • Nellie Kroes, vice-president of the EU Comission leading the DigitalAgenda
  • Jeff Jarvis , blogger
  • Padmasree, chief technology and strategy officer for Cisco
  • Beth Comstock, CMO for GE
  • Bill Gross, blogger

Did I miss anything ? Are you blogging about the event ? use the comments to add and refine this short article.