SOUNDBITE: SIR SUMA CHAKRABARTI, PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
"So far in many countries, women entrepreneurs are shut out of having access to finance. So they can't grow their companies, because quite often the banks are asking for collateral that's in the hands of men. So we need to reorient the way these banks think."
SOUNDBITE: KATE MARIE GRINOLD SIGFUSSON, STARTUPMOM CEO, BABIES4BABIES
"I think you have to have human conversations, you can't just talk about data, you have to talk about what does breast-feeding in the workplace look like, really what does it look like, because it is not easy. 25% of women in the US are back at work within ten days of giving birth. It's barbaric. How can we make that better for everyone, not just the women on those upward trajectories."
The problem doesn’t only exist at the top,in fact, it's claimed, 99% of all of the world’s wealth all wealth is owned by only one per cent of its population.
Now more than ever, delegates tell me, ordinary people need the tool kit to help themselves.
SOUNDBITE: NEERAJ KANWAR, VICE-CHAIRMAN, APOLLO TYRES
"If you're able somehow to give good quality, free education, I think that in itself can bridge the gap of the inequality that we are talking about."
SOUNDBITE: SALIL SHETTY, SECRETARY GENERAL, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
"I think the solutions to inequality are to make sure that people who are being discriminated against, who are marginalised, have a clear voice, have a seat at the table, and you have rule of law, you have a justice system that takes care of people who have been left out."
There was even a message from the Pope.
Don't be deaf, he said, to the cry of the poor.
I get a sense Davos is listening....
I’m Axel Threlfall at the World Economic Forum.
SOUNDBITE: FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MASSCHALLENGE:
"For us, it is a challenge, because there's less money in the system, and some of the resources are more scarce - that can be a challenge. But actually it represents a larger opportunity, because these crises tend to expose some of the fragility of the underlying foundation of the economy, and those are opportunities for start-ups to create better solutions."
To bolster confidence, I'm getting a sense here of a need of a new approach... for technology to play its part in levelling playing fields.
SOUNDBITE: DEVIN WENIG, CEO AND PRESIDENT, EBAY:
"Technology has a massive role to play in allowing people to participate in the global economy, and that’s, I’m very passionate about that because that’s what we do - eBay as a platform on which individuals and businesses sell, build their franchise and participate globally. If we can do more of that, that’s good for our business, it’s good for society."
Most of the people I'm speaking to in Davos dismiss the idea of so-called "secular stagnation".
The world won't be caught up in a new low-growth paradigm, they say.
The search definitely on for fresh ideas to get growth out of neutral.
I'm Axel Threlfall at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The need for a fairer society, cleaner business, a better policy fit, the challenges of the migrant crisis
Those are just some of themes that will be hammered out here this week.
And - the headline this year: the profound challenges of the seismic shifts in new technology.
(SOUNDBITE) DENNIS NALLY, CHAIRMAN, PwC
"I think we're going down a path where we're going to see more change over the next several years because of what's happening with technology than we've seen in the previous 35 to 40 years. Businesses are being disruptive, new business models, new competitors, you know, it's having massive change in what's really taking place. For me it's exciting, because it's going to create tremendous opportunities, but it's got a lot of uncertainty as well - and I think that's one of the big challenges - that's why it's so exciting that that's the theme of Davos this year."
(SOUNDBITE) RICHARD SOLOMONS, CEO, INTERCONTINENTAL
"For me the Fourth Industrial Revolution just says about you've got to stay on the cutting edge, you've got to understand what's going on in the world, in the digital world, with your customers and make sure you're always one step ahead."
(SOUNDBITE) BRIAN FORDE, DIRECTOR, DIGITAL CURRENCY, MIT
"I think it's important to think about it similar to the internet. Where the internet enabled exponentially the amount of communications we can have with people all over the world. Increasing the efficiencies, Similarly, Bitcoin and related crypto currencies can increase the efficiency of transactions all around the world."
Big questions then looking for big answers - in what"s being billed as one of the most significant World Economic Forums in years.
The final touches are being put to the Congress Centre.
The sense of anticipation palpable in this small Alpine town as the world's top wealth generators and policy makers search for new messages, and new solutions.
Welcome to Davos 2016!