A renowned psychologist called for a stronger recognition of the social nature of our worsening global addiction problem, warning that, beginning in the 19th century, western society has tried all the religious, coercive, medical, and compassionate solutions that we have on addiction but the problem is, if anything, getting worse.
Every minute eight people flee to escape conflict and persecution, according to the UN.
It will be political conflict - not economics - that drives markets in 2018 and beyond - Ray Dalio quoted in Financial Times
Listed below are many of the key issues affecting us all in our daily lives. Click on the links to see how Halcyon is monitoring and intepreting recent developments and emerging trends for each issue, and please contact us if you'd like us to help you monitor or analyse any of these issues more systematically.
Alain de Botton wondered out loud what many must feel inwardly, i.e. why, if many or in some cases most of our waking hours are spent at work, do we rarely challenge the basic assumptions that lie behind this time-consuming, life-altering activity?
According to 2017 research by EY, business leaders are significantly overrating how their employees experience their organisation’s purpose. Based on a survey of 1,470 executives globally, “Is your purpose lectured – or lived?” shows that more than one-third of employees feel there’s a disconnect.
Please see below selected pre-2016 intelligence about sustainability. Please contact Dominic Kelleher with any questions.
- Sustainability-focused startups are entering established companies’ market space, bringing both new threats and new opportunities. Employees want to work for them, customers are willing to pay more for their products and investors are eager to become shareholders. “Hybrid social ventures” like Whole Foods, Patagonia, and Honest Tea that combine commerce with sustainability missions are leading the movement for sustainability-oriented innovation in business. For established companies that were not necessarily built with sustainability in mind, these new entrants are competing for their most attractive customers and talent.
- It took about $150bn in today’s money to put a man on the moon in the 1960s, and now it is said we need to come up with the same amount to save the world from climate change. That is the message from Sir David King, UK Foreign Office climate envoy, and six other prominent British scientists, business people and civil servants behind a climate plan modelled on the US Apollo space programme. They want large countries to spend an average of 0.02% of gross domestic product a year for the next decade to encourage the technical breakthroughs needed to make renewable electricity cheaper than coal by 2025.
Halcyon provides you with new and compelling content about death. Please contact us to help you answer the following questions: what’s going on, what might come next, why should you care and what can you do about it?
Halcyon provides you with new and compelling content about immortality. Please contact us to help you answer the following questions: what’s going on, what might come next, why should you care and what can you do about it?
"And the sand-castle virtues are all swept away
In the tidal destruction, the moral melee..."
- from Thick As A Brick, Jethro Tull
This evolving paper examines progress in trying to achieve SDG 14. Life Below Water.
WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING?
The oceans are in turmoil, but unfortunately most of it is out of sight and therefore out of mind. In Commodifying the Oceans, Environmental sociologist Stefano Longo explored the multiple threats to the oceans, from overfishing to coral reef collapse to ocean acidification.