Monday, February 2, 2009

World Economic Forum - is it becoming an annual ritual or real agenda for accountable action?

WEF maybe a global platform for ideas and finding creative solutions for issues affecting all countries and all citizens. However, what we don't see seems clearer by the day: how its past ideas and action plans were translated into performance by any of the governments and how such successful social-political solutions/experiments, if any, could be replicated. The debates and deliberations during 2009 sessions make it obvious that no one/group - repeat - no one/group could clearly explain a correct/coherent diagnosis of the current global financial malady and how the world governments, together, are planning/capable of addressing the challenges. All that the governments have done so far is to reward the irresponsible acts and behaviours of greedy and inept managers of the present mis-managed system(s), be it in the Wall Street or Dalal Street or similar.

Unless WEF finds ways to include in its gatherings and deliberations the representatives of "next" generational leaders, we will continue to be doing the merry-go-around going nowhere.

Another important requirement of WEF should be to compile a compendium/essence of the various key sessions into a kind of WEF Annual (Evolution) Development report that should be available to all, maybe thru internet. Key ideas and action-able proposals/ideas should be subject to annual review based on accomplishments and suggested corrective measures in the event of short-comings/road blocks.

No use meeting every year like a religious ritual; such important groupings/meetings should not be allowed just to become a talking shop; the qualification to participate in the next WEF should be one's ability to prove his/her relevance in WEF participation and how/when his/her life made any changes in the socio-economic-politico map of his/her native country.

In fact, the key understandings/agreements within WEF should become a kind of Millennium Goals that should find adaption/adoption by inter-governmental bodies like UN, and subject to review thru periodic progress reports.

It has taken many generations for human beings to relise that our lives are connected and interdependent; however, this message/realiastion has not yet received universal political acceptance or/and socio-economic relevance in our day to day living. For this to happen, we (especially younger generation)need to understand and accept basic human values and know how to practise such values in their day-to-day living. Only such understanding will result in building a human society, harmonious, strong, cooperative and sustainable beyond any stimulus package and religious dogmatic approaches.

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