Linked inTwitterFacebookSubscribe to Halcyon Headlines Feed

Part consultancy, part thinktank, part social enterprise, Halcyon helps you prepare for and respond to personal, organisational and societal change.

See Halcyon's unique reporting on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and contact us to discuss how we may be able to help you contribute to and/or create value from the SDGs.

Follow Halcyon's forthcoming 52:52:52 campaign on Twitter, which will feature 52 issues and 52 responses over 52 weeks.


On the Ethical Development Goals

blog image


In spite of spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing. There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers - Martin Luther King

This evolving paper will examine the overall Ethical Development Goals (EDGs) that Halcyon is developing to complement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The EDGs are inspired by the SDGs, officially known as ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, an intergovernmental set of aspiration Goals with 169 targets.

On Space

National Geographic


Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight up - Fred Hoyle

Some emerging ideas/thoughts about/reactions to space that you might find to be of interest...


The cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself - Carl Sagan

The oldest stars found in the Universe are nearly pristine, where almost 100% of what makes them up is the hydrogen and helium left over from the Big Bang. They come in at over 13 billion years old, with the oldest at 14.5 billion. And this is a big problem, because the Universe itself is only 13.8 billion years old.


What Happened? - Innovation

blog image


Please see below pre-2016 intelligence about innovation. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at competitors, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers in our external environment.


December 2015


  • Financial chiefs are more inclined to spend on research and development despite economic worries abroadSome 36% of businesses planned to invest in R&D, up from 27% year earlier, the Grant Thornton International Business Report found when it asked US business leaders about their third-quarter sentiments. t the same time, North American CFOs are increasingly concerned about domestic impact from the slowing Chinese economy, which is affecting revenue growth expectations, according to Deloitte’s latest Global CFO Signals report.




  • Strategy&'s 2015 Global Innovation 1000 Study found that firms that favour a more global R&D footprint outperform their less globalised competitors on a variety of financial measures. But going global simply to be global isn’t the answer. Company leaders must clearly articulate, as part of the overall business strategy, the role that innovation plays in the company’s mission. For example, companies should first decide which geographic markets and customers are critical to their growth strategy and then determine where R&D resources need to reside in order to best understand and serve those markets. It’s those types of decisions that should inform the organization’s global R&D footprint.


What's Happening? - Innovation

blog image


Please see below selected recent intelligence about innovation. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at competitors, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers in our external environment.


June 2016


  • The pace of innovation among global corporations, universities, government agencies and research institutions has reached record levels, according to Thomson Reuters' new report: '2016 State of Innovation Report: Disruptive Game-Changing Innovation'.This year's study finds a double-digit year-over-year surge in innovation growth, led by significant increases in the Medical Devices, Home Appliances, Aerospace and Defense, Information Technology, and the Oil & Gas sectors. The study also tracks global scientific literature and scholarly research that typically precedes discovery and the protection of innovation rights. Total scientific literature production, in contrast to overall patent volume, has posted a year-over-year decline, suggesting a potential slowdown in future innovation growth.


  • 'Why Europe lags on innovation' argued that the problem is not regulation; it’s Europe’s obsession with risk. Europe has driven global innovation for centuries. Modern science, enlightenment, the industrial revolution: This quest for knowledge, evidence, and new solutions has always been the basis of European prosperity. Today we ought to remember this legacy. Europe’s economy can only continue to compete globally if we invest in more innovation.



  • The fact that we have always hungered for innovation is evident from the history of human kind. This hunger for progress also explains why innovation is the driving force behind economic growth. As innovation transforms the way we live, work and do business, what can we learn from organisations that are harnessing its power most effectively? PwC has just launched its Spotlight on Innovation which curates the best of PwC's insights in this space. 




On Governance

blog image

Imagine that we could build "start-up countries" and escape limiting, outdated forms of governance that hold people back. "Seasteading", according to its advocates, has the promise to do this, creating new "spaces for human freedom".

On Innovation in Business

Please see below selected recent intelligence about innovation. Please contact Dominic Kelleher with any questions.  


June 2015