This week I am attending the World Economic Forum in India with leading politicians, economists, business leaders and community leaders. It is interesting to note that one particular issue has come to the fore at the forum this week after the US election result: a real and more focused conversation about the future of Afghanistan.
When you say, "abolish capitalism", what do you want me to do? Do I take the banks down? That's ridiculous. Do I stop making and selling things? The world would stop turning. Make a demand I can act on.
We are living in dangerous times. As the past has shown us, human rights' atrocities often go hand-in-hand with poverty, neglect and inequity. We cannot ignore the past. And as we reflect on the errors of a different age, we must make sure that such messages are not repeated in 2012.
The World Economic Forum's ability to convene the highest operating public and private actors with equal ease is now well established and is evidenced each year at its annual forum in Davos. This niche creates the space for stakeholder engagement in the current global economic environment where global solutions can best be achieved by exploiting public-private synergy.
It has long been accepted that infrastructure development is a vital piece of the growth puzzle. David Cameron certainly subscribes to this mantra, having put infrastructure at the heart of his growth strategy when he outlined a huge £30bn investment over the next four years.
With bankers' bonus season in full swing, and thanks to relatively recent European rules, we at least get to see exactly the sort of pay deals being awarded to the top bankers in the City. RBS chief executive Stephen Hester's bonus, which he eventually turned down following public outrage, will be followed by a series of other bonus announcements in the coming weeks.
This year, the elites in Davos - debating the future of capitalism - faced a little more self-doubt than usual as to whether they have the best ideas to run the world, not least in the face of the intractable euro crisis. But the future of capitalism is just one big global challenge among many facing today's world including climate change, poverty, conflict, instability and oppression.
Britain's current growth crisis is the hangover of a "debt-fuelled binge", Chancellor George Osborne said in an address to
Eurozone countries must show "the colour of their money" in shoring up the single currency before any IMF funds are given