In this week's round up, we reflect on how living a purpose-driven life can impact individual and global wellbeing after a year that saw the ground shift beneath the entire world's feet.
With the Ever Green finally refloated, we are reminded that business can impact the entire world in this week’s round up of the global conversation on purpose.
Global warming can feel overwhelming, but cycling is one practical way that individuals can make a difference.
The CEO’s of Patagonia and Allbirds discuss how they’re tackling the climate crisis while sharing innovative practices and materials.
As we face the pressing issues of the 21st century, we need a multi-dimensional style of leadership.
Author Johan Norberg makes the case that progress is intrinsically linked to connectivity.
Entrepreneurs from low and middle income countries face many obstacles. These programs help their breakthrough ideas see the light of day.
Research shows that flow-inducing activities can boost mental well-being in uncertain times.
What can Greta Thunberg, the Dalai Lama, and leading climate scientists teach us about how we can combat the climate crisis?
We might be inclined to forget 2020 and our summer break entirely. But there is value even in memories of stressful events.
Our 2020 purpose audit: has this year made businesses more or less focussed on purpose beyond profit?
Has the watershed year of 2020 changed the way individuals and businesses think about their role in the world?
Why is purpose essential to solving complex community issues, from education to water to public health?
After the pandemic, how can we build a world that is more equal, more sustainable and more resilient?
We need to reimagine what is possible in order to drive change in the here and now. But how do we get that perspective?
What can businesses learn from the pandemic to start thinking about things differently?
Where does purpose-led leadership begin?
What happens when organisations don’t follow up pledges with real action?
How can the single purpose of an individual transform the lives of many?
How can we take something written over seventy years ago, and make it still feel relevant to people today?
In narrowing available resources or abilities, limitations are momentous sources of potential for organisations.
How can understanding the psychology of blame help us get to the root of complex issues?
It’s easy to assume that we are in control of our thoughts. But what if the contents of our consciousness are generated by non-conscious systems?
Can changing our mindset help us navigate crisis?
Fifty years after it was written, how relevant is Milton Friedman’s “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits” today?
How can the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative's 'Principles for Responsible Banking' impact people and planet?
Why do we seem to differ so dramatically in our ability to imagine? And can we train ourselves to become more imaginative?
What can the British Academy's ‘Principles for Purposeful Business’ teach us about purposeful business amidst the pandemic?
In order to make sense of the challenges around us, are we better off reframing our search for pleasure or happiness, to one of meaning?
How can we stay connected to each other when we have to keep apart?
Was Nietzsche onto something when he said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger”?
How do we cultivate psychologically safe work environments, even when we are working from home?
Businesses now accept that they have a responsibility to consider climate change. But can they really steer the solutions?
How can we distinguish ‘woke-washing’ from authentic brand activism?
What does it mean to live with and lead with purpose?
How does a single magazine, Delayed Gratifcation, want to change the way we consume news and engage with the world?
How do we tackle communications around poverty to move beyond a fatalistic understanding to one where it is a solvable societal issue?
As scrutiny on supply chains increases and the ethics of trade are being questioned, how can businesses improve their transparency?
What does it really mean to live by your values when money is at stake?
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How can we use art to navigate an unfamiliar present and start thinking about a rejuvinated future?
We spoke to five business leaders about the 'why' driving the leadership. How, despite challenges, do they stay comitted to a higher cause?
Can any amount of virtual book groups or yoga sessions or WhatsApp group chats fill the space of a handshake, a hug, a holding of the hand?
To feel sane in times of crisis, we must reconnect with each other, experiencing ourselves as belonging to something bigger, recognising that in our actions, we are responsible for others beyond ourselves.
Over the past few weeks and into the next few months it feels as though many people are going to go on this journey. Spontaneous, or at least triggered, introspection.
Changing the stories that are publicly available to us changes the way we tell stories to ourselves.
“It takes leadership and a certain kind of courage to admit that change is needed,” wrote Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune at CNBC. “Now we must keep the pressure on.”
Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational person is affected by emotions when making decisions.
A silent revolution is happening in investing. How can it impact climate change?
Sometimes it takes multitudes to reveal scientific truth. But is this always necessary?
As much as we’d like to believe that published research and scientific facts are infallible, they aren’t.
How can we find out what it would take to motivate people to take practical steps to reduce emissions?
By dwelling on the downsides of bioplastics, we’re hobbling efforts to make them part of the solution
How can we reconceputalise challenges into opportunities that we can take advantage of?
Climate crisis: we are not individuals fighting a faceless system – we are the system that needs to change
What happens when we start thinking ourselves as part of a collective?
The sciences and the arts aren't as seperate as we might think.
What can the psychology of 'flow' teach us about how we can work better?
If businesses are to prosper in this climate, it is now essential that they include their whole supply chain.
What do Leaders on Purpose tell us about leading a successful, purpos-driven corporation?
Over 3000 companies spanning 150 industries are currently a certified B Corp. What does the certification mean?
Can experiencing awe make us more altruistic?
The climate crisis is a human catastrophe, human lives are being taken before our eyes, and it is those on the margins who are suffering most...
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From coffee to cosmetics, companies are looking for ways to protect the plants their products are made from
As crop varieties disappear, boosting biodiversity becomes smart business. “The food system that we’ve built over the last century is a dead end for…
To play is to “engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.” A quick search of the word “playing”…
From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate and ecological breakdown. It’s no coincidence that almost every single sector of industry is contributing to the planet’s downfall,…
Imagine two different societies. In the first, people tend to be stressed, tense, irritable, distracted and self-absorbed. In the second, people tend to be at…
How can we authentically connect with ideas, businesses, brands and most importantly: each other? Speaking at the 2019 Social Media in Pharma event, Adam, co-founder…
by Elliot Wilson What is purpose? Research shows that people with a hard-wired sense of purpose do better in life. Jaak Panksepp, the esteemed Estonian…
How can we wade through the buzzwords of environmental crisis and distinguish the companies and corporations committed to real change? ‘When fabulousness meets sustainability’ In…
I can still remember the horror of discovering that everything I had worked on was wrong. I was a PhD candidate just starting my second…
Eating alone, once considered an oddity, has become commonplace for many across the Western world.
What-3-Words creatively designed a new system to navigate the world. Thinking outside the box, Sheldrick has done so much more than help friends meet up...
It’s a stereotype, but many of us have made the assumption that scientists are a bit rigid and less artistic than others. Artists, on…
How are creativity and happiness linked? Does happiness make us more creative or does creativity make us happy? Most of the research so far seems to indicate that a positive mood enhances creativity.
Shift in VC investment: players who prioritise purpose are next big earners.
Humans are currently in a war against global warming. Or is it a race against global warming? Or maybe it’s just a problem we have to deal with?
Following the Business Roundtable Statement, here are three ways that businesses can start creating more people-focused companies.
Navi Radjou discusses how creative problem-solving can address some of today's biggest global issues.
Rasmus Hougaard, founder and managing director of Potential Project, discusses the desire to do good in business and the place for compassionate leadership.
Anna Rosling is the co-author of Factfulness and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, a digital hub dedicated to addressing misconceptions about global development by taking…
The unexamined life is not worth living, said the Greek philosopher Socrates. He was reflecting on the expression “Know Thyself” – an aphorism inscribed on the temple…
For an effective altruist, the core question is: “Of all the possible ways to make a difference, how can I make the greatest difference?”
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason, writes Elizabeth Kolbert staff writer at The New Yorker.
Steve Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Beckett University on why empathy is the reason why we help one another.
With private equity assets now common in investor portfolios, investors have upped their non-financial performance demands
Business can and ought to have higher ideals that go beyond shareholder value. If we are going to answer some of the most complex…
When The Africa Centre opened its doors in London in 1964 it was a “home away from home” for the African diaspora, a cultural centre…
Simon McCarthy-Jones delves into the the nooks and crannies of free will and corporate messaging.
Elizabeth Reid Boyd on the connection between empathy, creativity and better ways of being.
The C-suite must engage with the deeper values and purpose of the business, ensuring they are understood by all stakeholders.
Circularity requires less resource extraction and is designed to have a longer shelf-life to minimise the impact of waste.
Neuroscientist Valerie van Mulukom on the role our gut instinct plays when making decisions.
Creative thinking is one of the qualities attributed to entrepreneurs and inventors.
What is your purpose? Research shows that humanity’s purpose rests in the spectacular drive of our minds to extract meaning from the world around us.
The drastic change needed to clean up our waterways cannot depend alone on consumers to change their relationship to plastic.
The themes of transparency and supply chain disruption are taking central stage at this year's Fashion Revolution Week. Are high street brands doing enough?
Extinction Rebellion in the UK and around the world is forcing mainstream news to start giving the politics of climate change the attention it deserves.
Healthcare and Pharma are facing more disruption than ever. How can the industry leverage purpose as a behavioral compass to navigate through change?
When recalling the past, we rarely doubt the first memories which jump to mind. But are they reliable? Experts explain how they change more than we realise.
Naomi Klein reveals her thoughts on the current political landscape, and discusses how the emerging concept of brand purpose impacts the corporate space.
Can microfinance empower women and increase equality? Cath Everett examines the impact of money apps and microfinance organisations on women in rural Kenya.
Simon Sinek encourages an infinite mindset - in both business and how we perceive ourselves. We look at the five key elements of the infinite game.
Christa Gyori, CEO and co-founder of "Leaders on Purpose," discusses the immense business potential that lies in the United Nations’ SDGs.
Cities are growing faster than ever. Mass migration poses a major challenge, and the demands on the construction and architectural industries are immense.
Is altruism “hard wired” into the human brain? Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have used science to try and find out.
Awareness of how much plastic is polluting our ecosystem is growing, and highlighting climate disasters through narrative is now more important than ever.
Donna Edgell, Internal Communications & Engagement Manager at Travis Perkins, discusses the benefits of communicating corporate strategy to employees.
Documentary film director Gemma Brady talks about the power of storytelling and the profound impact stories have when we relate them to our own experiences.
Helen Taylor, former CEO of Forest Green Rovers, is inspired by the desire to prove that the sports industry can start “doing things differently.”
Scientists claim to have discovered a key part of the process by which people come to an ‘aha’ or ‘eureka’ moment when trying to work something out.
For some, The Fourth Revolution conjures up a dystopic vision of the world of work where robots take over the world of work, resulting in…
Timothy Henry, founding member of the Conscious Capitalism movement, discusses a different, more holistic way of doing business.
Jess Whittlestone, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence shares her view on high stakes decision making. People sometimes talk about…
Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of The Blockchain Research Institute, forsaw the profound affect information technology would have on business and society.
Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win is a rallying cry for anyone who wants to embrace their rebellious…
Orsola de Castro talks about creativity as a force for change, in an industry that has enormous social and environmental impact on the world’s resources.
Opening a bank account is a difficult thing to do. Challenger Monzo has launched a new initiative to improve access to financial services for everyone.
There’s nothing moral about promoting big business. Before making a purchase, should consumers consider what the company stands for?
Adam Penny, Executive Creative Director of Connected Pictures, gets to the heart of what creative strategies make a showstopper brand level film.
In this School of Life sermon, Sutherland discusses the main tenets of the binary cognitive processing system of behavioural economics.
More and more purpose-driven companies coming to the fore purporting a better world for everyone. However, when some brands deliver on their brand promise, they…
When you think of senior citizens, entering their autumnal years and giving up work, what comes to mind? Intrepid travellers, who are finally going on…
William McDonough, architect, author and pioneer of the circular economy, talks to us about design principles for the creating in today’s world.
Innovation driven by purpose is bringing the world of digital books to the visually impaired and those managing sight loss.
We caught up with Kathryn Kneller, an Internal Communications consultant whose career spans 15 years at blue chip companies in sectors ranging from tech, financial…
Effective communication starts with an authentic narrative that is created by building trust.
We take cycling for granted as just another mode of transport regardless of gender. However, not everyone the world over has that privilege.
For this brand film, Molton Brown wanted to capturing authenticity. Into The Uncharted works because the perfumer focused on an inspiring narrative.
Creativity is one of the top three skills needed for the future of work, the ability to think creatively will drive success in the fourth revolution.
The rule book on what makes up the male image is changing, so too should unhelpful stereotypes that prevent men from moving away from a toxic masculinity.
Purpose-driven companies outperform the rest of the market by a huge 42%. Smart businesses know that higher purpose and motivation are linked.
Inspired organisations start with Simon Sinek's golden circle. They define their purpose so that they can unlock great leadership.
Rediscovering our purpose and defining The Beautiful Truth has brought meaning back to our business, and to our own stories as people.
Shareholder value has been the corporate mantra for decades, but the tide is changing and purpose-driven businesses are outperforming the competition.