Davos Summers in Dalian, China

Tim Brown, chief executive of IDEO, takes a design-focused look at the goings-on at the World Economic Forum's summer session

This September, for the first time, the World Economic Forum held a summer version of its Davos conference, the ultimate networking event for global executives, government leaders, academics, and social entrepreneurs held in January each year. What was different about Summer Davos was, first, it was held in the bustling coastal city of Dalian, China, rather than in the ski resort of Davos, Switzerland. Second, it was aimed at what the WEF calls the "global growth companies"—not the top global 1,000 companies with revenues in the billions of dollars.

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