A recent attendee at Davos, oft described as the sublimely self-indulgent beanfeast for among others the obscenely wealthy of the world, wondered about two things: if the really wealthy just paid their taxes rather than tax-avoid then there would be no need to have beanfeasts about philanthropy and all that stuff.
And, why were 1,500 private jets flying into Davos to be the audience for David Attenborough’s talk about climate change and human-caused disaster?
I have never been invited to Davos. But some bloke who helped me set up The Big Issue Mark 3 was invited. How do you get on the list for these blowouts? Where everyone must be viewed as important, else no invite.
Of course the real problem is leadership. Or so it would seem. You have the leaders in the world and the led in the world. But is that healthy? Is it a good enough system where the great and the good get on a stage and tell you, the public, what to think and where to act?
I am a part of that system. Even if invites to private audiences with Richard Branson, to TED talks and to Davos have yet to land on my desk. But I do get to tell the world how to improve itself and it’s a system I increasingly abhor.
Why? Brexit. Brexit screwed it for me; or got me to question the whole edifice of others making decisions for others. Previously I felt that because I had climbed up from Poverty to Purpose, I was a leader. But in fact I was a leader in my own life, and I was an example that could be imitated, but that’s all. People have to take a lead in their own lives and I was a disastrous human being who had used disaster to my advantage.