Prison for parents? If 1 in 50 pupils are missing from half the lessons, it’s time to think again about what school is for

Throughout the world, education is seen as the route to progress. If children can be educated, they may find a route out of poverty. If girls can be educated, there is hope that they may escape from the burdens of unwanted pregnancy and domestic enslavement. … Continue readingPrison for parents? If 1 in 50 pupils are missing from half the lessons, it’s time to think again about what school is for

Question to the board: what if a consultant’s report is not the solution to your knotty problem?

Thirty years ago, as I was embarking on what became the RSA Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry[i], I had a conversation with a senior partner in an international management consultancy. I liked him and felt that he had a lot to contribute to our work on the … Continue readingQuestion to the board: what if a consultant’s report is not the solution to your knotty problem?

Let the politics of belonging and the economics of the harvest guide every decision we make

Last week in the UK the discussion was divisive, with some Moslem groups feeling targeted by new definitions of extremism and MP Diane Abbott being the subject of shockingly hateful and violent words. I have been asking myself what is missing in our politics.  In … Continue readingLet the politics of belonging and the economics of the harvest guide every decision we make

When does a cause become ‘politically motivated’? And is that a reason for boards to steer clear of it?

‘Politically motivated’. I first became aware of this label in 1983 when I was an election candidate in the UK. In my campaign to become the next MP I dropped in on retired people who had gathered for morning coffee in the town’s day centre. … Continue readingWhen does a cause become ‘politically motivated’? And is that a reason for boards to steer clear of it?

Directors – is your organisation capable of empathy?

How is it possible for an organisation to be ignorant of something it has repeatedly been told?  Margaret Heffernan, author of ‘Wilful Blindness’ describes stresses felt by ex-Amoco middle managers after BP’s acquisition of the Texas City oil refinery. Their warnings about safety risks were ignored. … Continue readingDirectors – is your organisation capable of empathy?

We need a curriculum for life – here’s how the next generation might shape it

Do schools look for talent in the wrong places? That was the question with which Tomorrow’s Company embarked on its session at Anthropy 2023. Apart from our own Jon Maguire all those speakers invited to answer this question were under 30. Their answer echoed conclusions from other … Continue readingWe need a curriculum for life – here’s how the next generation might shape it

Wake up and smell the 21st century coffee – three post Anthropy challenges for boards

SUMMARY 1.    Do you understand the ways in which your business future depends on nature and nature-based solutions? If not, how will you educate yourself? 2.    As the climate emergency unfolds, do you feel that our current political governance is fit for purpose? If not, … Continue readingWake up and smell the 21st century coffee – three post Anthropy challenges for boards