So what to make of Davos this year? Lots of short-term worries (stock market volatility, oil prices, terrorism, migration, Brexit, US elections) jockeyed with the big theme (the Fourth Industrial Revolution).
The result? An underlying sense of fear and uncertainty. After a very positive 2015 for the sustainable business movement. With the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and COP21 successfully signed off you sensed a business community that’s climbed onto the highest diving board but is now hesitant to leap, fearful of what lies below. But you also sense that if it hangs around on the edge of the board, business is going to get a fearful shove in the back, from frustrated citizens, fearful investors, edgy governments and dynamic entrepreneurs with a better (for citizen and planet alike) way of doing business.