The World Economic Forum 2012, which began today, gathers some of the world’s brainiest and most insightful people to Davos, Switzerland each year. Everyone else is invited to watch live webcasting sessions, made possible by LiveStream.

The WEF 2012 website also is open to the public, offering schedules, downloadable reports, images, and all sorts of related information. It’s designed for attendees but anyone interested will find materials to interest them.

This year, of course social media is giving people another way to follow the discussions. One tool for doing so comes from KPMG International, which has created a central hub for viewing every tweet shared by attendees at KPMG is a strategic member of the World Economic Forum. gives data snapshots as well as live threads. The conversations can be searched by keyword or theme, and they can also be filtered by sender by selecting from tabs designated as: WEF official; WEF staff; public figures; social entrepreneurs; young global leaders; global shapers; technology pioneers; and media.

Adam Bates, KPMG Global Head of Innovation and a partner in the UK firm, said, “There is sure to be more use of social media at this year’s Davos than ever before. This site will enable anyone, wherever they are, to have a window into the thoughts of key business and political leaders as they tweet about the real issues of the moment.”

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Photo shows Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum captured during the session ‘The World Economic Forum’s Vision and Mission’ at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2012.. Used under Creative Commons license.

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