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Recent economic history as told through meaningless Davos themes

Reuters/Ruben Sprich
It’s a metaphor.
  • Zachary M. Seward
By Zachary M. Seward

Chief executive officer

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Here’s the official theme of this year’s World Economic Forum, which begins today in Davos: “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics, and Business.” As Davoisms go, that one is less meaningless than most.

In a way, looking back at previous Davos themes offers a history of the global economy as viewed through the lens of a certain crowd…

2003: Building Trust
2004: Partnering for Security and Prosperity
2005: Taking Responsibility for Tough Choices
2006: The Creative Imperative
2007: The Shifting Power Equation
2008: The Power of Collaborative Innovation
2009: Shaping the Post-Crisis World
2010: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild
2011: Shared Norms for the New Reality
2012: The Great Transformation
2013: Resilient Dynamism
2014: The Reshaping of the World

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