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What's Changing? - Society
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Halcyon Imagines 20 February 2018

 

What would it take to build a more just society? In contemporary debates about justice, identity is frequently front and centre, but the 20th-century American philosopher John Rawls thought that looking past identity was the key to more equality. In his book A Theory of Justice (1971), Rawls argued that if we could build a society from behind a ‘veil of ignorance’ that kept us from knowing anything about our identity, we would make choices resulting in a fairer society than we now have – one in which all would benefit from greater freedom and ‘fair equality of opportunity’.

 

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July 2017

Battling modern slavery - Raconteur
Buying time promotes happiness - PNAS
Future Workplace Special Report Published in The Times
How will you drive talent strategy in the digital age?
How work changed to make us all passionate quitters | Aeon Essays
Independent work: Choice, necessity, and the gig economy | McKinsey & Company
India is a migration superpower. Here's why | World Economic Forum
Jinfo Blog: Jinfo for knowledge management
Policymaking must become more empathetic rather than continuing its current overreliance on economic measures - LSE
Preparing for a new era of work | McKinsey & Company
Superfluid Labor Markets — Tapping Into Skilled Talent Anywhere and Everywhere - EYQ
The cost of universal basic income might be lower than you think | World Economic Forum
The Era of Ownership Is Ending - Futurism
The World's Broken Workplace | Gallup
These are the most peaceful countries in the world | World Economic Forum
This is how a universal basic income can end financial exclusion | World Economic Forum
Universal basic income could work in Southeast Asia — but only if it goes to women | Responsible Business
You might not believe it, but the world just got a bit more peaceful | World Economic Forum
Navigating through new forms of work | Deloitte University Press
Navigating the future of work | Deloitte University Press
The changing nature of careers in the 21st century | Deloitte University Press
Tom Friedman interview: Jobs, learning, and the future of work | Deloitte University Press
Workforce of the future - The competing forces shaping 2030:PwC

 

August 2017

 

Inadequate sleep costs employers $7 billion a year: How to look after your employees' wellbeing - Deloitte
The cost of universal basic income might be lower than you think | World Economic Forum
The future of jobs: is decent work for all a pipe dream? | Tim Jackson | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian
The rise of philanthropic investing - Raconteur

 

September 2017

 

'Inspirational' robots to begin replacing teachers within 10 years
British Social Attitudes: Record number of Brits with no religion
The 'internet of things' is sending us back to the Middle Ages
Why economic growth doesn't mean social progress | World Economic Forum

 

October 2017

 

Globalisation: what people think - Raconteur

 

November 2017

 

Companies That Lead on Societal Impact Reap Financial Benefits - BCG
IGP's Social Prosperity Network publishes the UK's first report on Universal Basic Services | UCL Institute for Global Prosperity - UCL - London's Global University
Refugees are not the creators of the crisis. They are the victims | World Economic Forum
Robots will drive us to rethink how work is distributed - FT
The 2017 Best for the World Honorees 846 Companies Leading the Way to a Shared and Durable Prosperity for All - BCorp
The progressive case for immigration - Free exchange
The rise of inequality: Can it be reversed? | LinkedIn
To fix income inequality, we need more than UBI—we need Universal Basic Assets — Quartz
What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages | McKinsey & Company
Women in the Workplace 2017 | McKinsey & Company

 

December 2017

 

10 Trends Shaping Migration - European Commission
AI isn't just taking away our privacy—it's take away free choice, too — Quartz
Inequality is a threat to our democracies - FT
What does your country think about globalization? | World Economic Forum
What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages: Jobs lost, jobs gained | McKinsey & Company
 

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What's Happening? - Urbanisation
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Halcyon In Future 16 January 2018

About 40 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, or nearly 400 million people, live in urban areas. Over the next 25 years, that number is expected to double, increasing demand for new and better infrastructure in some of the world's poorest countries (source: Signal, Eursia Group, January 2018).

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On Leonard Cohen

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"So come, my friends, be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love that we are made;
In love we disappear."

Happy posthumous birthday, Lenny.

You tried, in your way, to be free. Thank you. Now go join that great gig in the sky. So I wrote a year ago, when Lenny left us. However, the legend lives on - listen for example to How the Light Gets In.

'We Love Leonard Cohen' celebrated his 81st Birthday, and then, for his 82nd and final birthday, Leonard gave us a present. "You Want It Darker" is the title track to last album, his 14th studio album in his 49-year recording career. (See also Leonard Cohen Makes it Darker.)

"Leonard Cohen offers the possibility of living with grace, dignity, and integrity, without submitting to illusions, without succumbing to indifference, and without indulging in denial of our own failures and flaws, in a world that is too often corrupt and malevolent" - Allan Showalter

What Happened? - Cybersecurity

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Please see below selected recent external intelligence about cybersecurity. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at corporates, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers.

     

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    Source: World Economic Forum

     

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    • Cybersecurity is the number one technology issue in the C-suite and boardroom.
      Many senior executives are asking what they can be doing to stem the tide of cyber-attacks on their firms. The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Oracle, surveyed a global panel of senior executives with responsibility for cyber-security in their organisations. While virtually all of the companies reported net increases in cyber breaches, the research identified a subset that had succeeded in reducing their rate of growth by more than half over a two-year period.
    • Deloitte's ‘Changing the game on cyber risk’ claimed to offer specific strategies to address cyber risk more comprehensively.
      As the digital landscape continues to grow more complex, and cyber criminals become more sophisticated, business leaders (not just IT), across industries, are growing more anxious. They wonder how their organisation would respond in the face of a cyberattack. They question whether they’re sufficiently anticipating and preparing for a future attack. They want to know how well their organisation could absorb and recover from an attack, how well their most important digital assets are protected.
    • Deloitte also released Beneath the surface of a cyberattack: A deeper look at business impacts, a risk-based report outlining the depth and duration of cyber incidents in financial terms. Although cybersecurity is one of the most urgent issues of our time, the resulting impact of a cyber incident is still largely unproven. Recognising the need of business leaders to have clarity around the enterprise-wide effect of such events.
    • EY's Investigation and Dispute Services launched a defence and remediation tool named Radar 360 in order to defend financial loss disruption and breach of confidential data due to malware attack from cyber criminals.
    • The cybersecurity industry is in the midst of a deals boom as private equity buyers hunt for cash-generating companies and smaller start-ups get snapped up for their technology or in-demand security engineers. The total number of exits in the cyber security industry - the vast majority of which are deals - rose by a third from 2014 to 2015, according to PrivCo, the private company research firm. In the first quarter of 2016, notable deals in the industry increased by 50 per cent from eight to 12, the firm said.
    • PwC’s Game of Threats™ – an interactive cyber breach simulation for senior executives – has launched in the UK. The head-to-head digital card game pits teams of attackers against defenders and is designed to simulate the experience that leadership teams could realistically face in the midst of a cyber-attack. With nearly three quarters of CEOs regarding cybersecurity as one of the top three risks to their organisations, along with over-regulation and geopolitical uncertainty, it’s clear that increasing cyber threats and the number of recent public breaches is moving cyber security up the list of top business priorities. But if systems were breached and time was ticking, would boards and leadership teams be ready to respond?

     

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    • Although cybersecurity is one of the most urgent issues of our time, the resulting impact of a cyber incident is still largely unproven. Recognising the need of business leaders to have clarity around the enterprise-wide effect of such events, Deloitte Advisory released 'Beneath the surface of a cyberattack: A deeper look at business impacts,' a risk-based report outlining the depth and duration of cyber incidents in financial terms.

     

    • EY's Investigation and Dispute Services launched a defence and remediation tool named Radar 360 in order to defend financial loss disruption and breach of confidential data due to malware attack from cyber criminals.

     

     

    • Cybersecurity is the number one technology issue in the C-suite and boardroom. No wonder that many senior executives are asking what they can be doing to stem the tide of cyber-attacks on their firms. The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Oracle, surveyed a global panel of senior executives with responsibility for cyber-security in their organisations.  While virtually all of the companies reported net increases in cyber-breaches, the research identified a subset that had succeeded in reducing their rate of growth by more than half (from 21.1% to 9.8%, or a 53% reduction) over a two year period. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What Happened? - Responsibility

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    Please see below pre-2016 intelligence about responsibility. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at corporates, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers.

     

     

    December 2015

     

    • In 'Social Saints, Fiscal Fiends', The Economist argued that the CEO school of corporate responsibility has something going for it. Such bosses are right to argue that a business’s main contribution to society is to provide jobs and income. They are also right to argue for tax harmonisation: America has only itself to blame if firms revolt against its high corporate-tax rate. But they should recognise that there is a big difference between moving to a place like Ireland because it has made a more sensible trade-off between collecting taxes and promoting business, and indulging in contortions such as the “Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich”, whose only aim is to avoid paying taxes anywhere. They also need to recognise that there is a big difference between worrying that government is inefficient and pretending that it is irrelevant, and thus that contributing to its upkeep is unnecessary.

     

     

    • A company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity is inevitably tied to its brand perception. Speaking at Marketing’s PR Asia 2015 conference, the director of communications & government affairs for Kimberly-Clark presented a case study on how a company can go beyond corporate "green-washing" to implement truly effective CSR policies that enhance corporate reputations. The company partnered with various NGOs to increase local participation for its CSR initiatives. This helped to forge a new, profitable and more sustainable business future for both Kimberly-Clark and the communities that it has adopted as part of its CSR drive.

     

     

    • However, VW was also a global leader in CSR. Its annual report was packed full of lovingly described projects it backed and charities it supported. It was a “thought leader” on dozens of different weighty issues, and a “change agent” for improving society. Globally, it was ranked as the 11th best company in the world for its corporate social responsibility work.

     

     

     

     

    What's Happening? - Economics

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    What's Happening? - Demographic Change

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    What's Happening? - Technology

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