In many ways, I couldn't imagine two worlds farther apart than the streets of Harlem and Davos' snowcapped mountaintops. Being in Switzerland last week, I saw a lot of similarities. I feel lucky to be able to have experienced both. Going to the World Economic Forum's annual meeting was an amazing experience and I learned so much.
I conducted a solo session on my second day there, entitled "We Are What We Eat". I focused a lot on the ideas that have been most important to me these days - why food, why Harlem, why NOW?
Food is such an amazing connector of people but it also comes with many challenges. The world's middle class is rapidly growing. It's great news for the economy but how will we be able to feed a segment of the population that will now seek out sushi, steak and strawberries all year round?
I was apart of an amazing session with founder of SalesForce.com Marc Benioff and IDEO's CEO Tim Brown, discussing the benefits of a creative workplace and how it helps build innovation in your team. It was really fun to see Michael Dell at the one.
One of the coolest things I found about the Annual Meeting is that there are hardly any assistants or entourages. Global and cultural figures all traveling solo. It's all so simple and everyone there is clearly sharing the experience.
Sharing experiences is something I value because I understand how we can constantly learn from one another. I think by sharing experiences, the developing and western world could understand how to better improve their food situation whether it be accessing clean water or engaging in eating habits that lead to less allergies, diabetes and obesity.
It's good to be back home, at Rooster amongst my amazing neighbors. I learn so much right here in Harlem. And they're good sharers as well.
Just yesterday, our neighbor Gillian dropped in with all sorts of amazing rooster-esque items. I'm in love with everything she brought - dish towels, toys, jugs. She and her family have been such amazing supporters of ours.
Gillian isn't the only one. Many of our neighbors have come by with thoughtful gifts for us to display in the dining room.
It reminds me of when you move into a home and your new neighbors stop by with pies and other baked goods. The gesture is so warm and welcoming. It feels good.
I hope to be invited back to Davos next year and do it allover again, representing Harlem, Sweden and Ethiopia.