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Davos Q&A: Arrow Benjamin, Beyoncé co-writer, on unity and hope Davos Q&A: Arrow, songwriter to Beyonce', on his grounds for thinking positive
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  Singer song writer wants to change the world with the Davos set
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<strong><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_Benjamin">Arrow Benjamin</a>, real-name Dean McIntosh, is a London singer-songwriter perhaps best known for collaborating and co-writing with Beyoncé on the hits</strong><strong> "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJSik6ejkr0">Runnin</a>'" and "<a href="https://vimeo.com/217125022">Freedom</a>." He is a newbie in the Davos Set – the eclectic group of global business, government, academic and cultural leaders – who meet annually at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort.</strong>  
  <strong><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrow_Benjamin">Arrow Benjamin</a>, real-name Dean Macintosh, is a Londoner and a singer-songwriter perhaps best known for penning and singing with Beyonce on her hits "Runnin" and "Freedom" is a newbie in the Davos Set -- the eclectic group of business, government, academic and cultural leaders -- from around the world.</strong>
Benjamin and other performers, such as hip hop star <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usher_(musician)">Usher</a> and Black Eyed Peas singer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will.i.am">Will.i.am</a>, are among those in Davos this year, adding cultural, racial, and dress-sense diversity to a gathering dominated by the most powerful middle-aged white men in the world.  He and other performers, hip hop star <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usher_(musician)">Usher</a> and Black Eyed Peas star <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will.i.am">Will.I.Am</a>, are among those in Davos this year for the World Economic Forum, adding cultural, racial and dressing diversity to a gathering dominated by the most powerful middle-aged white men in the world. [21 percent of delegates are women].
<em><strong>WikiTribune: Are you more, less, or equivalently optimistic as you were this time last year?</strong></em> <em><strong>WikiTribune: Are you more, less, or equivalently optimistic as you were this time last year?</strong></em>
Arrow: "I would say that I am definitely more optimistic. They always say it is always darkest before dawn and I really do think that we are coming to a time when we have eventually realized that we need to work together." Arrow: "I would say that I am definitely more optimistic. They always say it is always darkest before dawn and I really do think that we are coming to a time when we have eventually realized that we need to work together."
<strong><em>WikiTribune: Why is it darkest now?</em></strong> <strong><em>WikiTribune: Why is it darkest now?</em></strong>
Arrow: "I think because we've left each other in our own individual worlds and our own individual suffering for so long ... hope is a light and when people don't have hope, the light goes out. I think that we're in a time right now where seeing people come together gives people hope."  Arrow: "I think because we've left each other in our own individual worlds and our own individual suffering for so long that eventually...hope is a light and when people don't have hope, the light goes out. I think that we're in a time right now where seeing people come together gives people hope."
<strong><em>WikiTribune: What or who might be the biggest threat to the kinds of global ideas that underlie Davos?</em></strong>  <strong><em>WikiTribune: What or who might be the biggest threat to the kinds of global ideas that underly Davos?</em></strong>
Arrow: "The thing that would be the biggest threat would be dishonesty: I think as long as we have honesty, no matter what the state of affairs are. I heard some figures today about the rise of AIDS but also some figures about the improvement but there was an honest statement ... that if we don't keep hammering away it will be potentially worse than when the initiatives first started. So, it's about being honest."  Arrow: "The thing that would be the biggest threat would be dishonesty: I think as long as we have honesty no matter what the state of affairs are. I heard some figures today about the rise of AIDS but also some figures about the improvement but there was an honest statement...that if we don't keep hammering away it will be potentially worse than when the initiatives first started. So, it's about being honest."
<em><strong>WikiTribune: What's your favorite news media. Where do you go first?</strong></em> <em><strong>WikiTribune: What's your favorite news media. Where do you go first?</strong></em>
Arrow: "So I find myself looking at BBC 24 <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world_radio_and_tv">[BBC News 24]</a>. And when I am in other countries in the world I still look for BBC 24." Arrow: "So I find myself looking at BBC 24 <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world_radio_and_tv">[BBC News 24]</a>. And when I am in other countries in the world I still look for BBC 24."
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  <p>This Q&amp;A has been edited for clarity and to remove elements which were off the record but is very close to the full two minutes, 11 second discussion we recorded in a noisy room.</p>
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