A favourite concept of mine is the 200-year present, a way of thinking about change. The 200-year present began 100 years ago with the year of birth of the people who have reach their hundredth birthday today. The other boundary of the 200-year present, 100 years from now, is the hundredth birthday of the babies born today. If you take that span, you and I will have had contact with a lot of people from different parts of that span. So think in terms of events over that span and realise how long change takes. You can see how difficult it has been to create these bodies and new ways and how in many ways we are slipping backward; but in other ways we are not. I take comfort to know that super-power hegemony has a very limited lifespan (decline and fall of Rome, the Ottoman Empire) - Elise Boulding
Beneath the sober appearance society demands of us, most of us are going a little out of our minds - giving us a cause to hold out a hand to our comparably tortured neighbours - Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety, p180
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WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
This evolving report examines what legacy-related trends might lie ahead.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Many individuals are now life-tracking or lifestreaming, ie. trying to record the minutiae of their own lives digitally, partly for posterity, and also to better monitor how they live in the present.
Please see below selected recent intelligence about reputation. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at competitors, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers in our external environment. New content is in bold.
- As the next generation of family business leaders get positioned to run their family companies into the twenty first century, many are abandoning the “get rich first and give back later” philosophy, found INSEAD research. They want to create impact and meaning while they do it. Beyond responsibilities to their stakeholders, their reputations mean more than quality products at affordable prices and they place more emphasis on giving back as part of their legacy, not just ensuring the continuation of the family firm to the next generation. Such values are increasingly being shared by their peers in the corporate world, especially those at inflection points in their careers, pondering their next significant career move.
- The World’s Most Ethical Companies programme honoured companies that excel in three areas - promoting ethical business standards and practices internally, enabling managers and employees to make good choices, and shaping future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. Honorees have historically out-performed others financially, demonstrating the connection between good ethical practices and performance that’s valued in the marketplace.In 2016, 131 honorees were named. spanning 21 countries and five continents and representing over 45 industries.
Please see below selected pre-2016 intelligence about reputation. This is a synthesis of major recent developments at competitors, business schools, thinktanks, media, commentators, and other key influencers in our external environment. New content is in bold.
- Reputation Institute released its US CSR RepTrak, which highlights the companies that have the best reputations for corporate social responsibility (CSR) among the US public. The top 10 CSR companies in the US in 2015 were: 1. Amazon.com; 2. LEGO Group; 3. Levi Strauss & Co.; 4. BMW ; 5. Schneider Electric; 6. Sanofi; 7. Snap-on; 8. Panera Bread; Shire Ltd and 10. Harley-Davidson.
- Woolworths emerged with the best reputation among South Africa’s largest companies in 2015. According to the 2015 RepTrak Pulse reputation survey, which ranks the largest listed companies by revenue and familiarity and which was conducted by Reputation House, a representative of the internationally based Reputation Institute, Woolworths’ scored 71.2 points out of a possible 100. Pick n Pay and Shoprite scored 70.8 and 69.0 respectively, coming in second and third, while MTN and Mr Price rounded out the top five companies.
- BMW Group surpassed LEGO Group, Sony and Samsung to take the top spot in Reputation Institute's 2015 Europe RepTrak(r) 100, the largest annual survey of European public opinion on the world's most visible companies. The Europe RepTrak(r) 100 is based on more than 15,000 interviews with the general public across Europe's five largest markets: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. The survey measures the public's perception of companies based on seven dimensions: innovation, leadership, governance, citizenship, workplace, performance, and products/services.
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WHAT CAN YOU DO?
In a world of compassion competititon, imagine an "iTunes" for choosing which charities to support,
The World Values Survey (WVS) examines the changing values of societies and the impact of these changes on social and political life. The WVS is composed of nationally representative surveys conducted in almost 100 countries that represent almost 90 percent of the world’s population.
Among the dozens of questions that World Values asks is one about tolerance for other races. World Values asked respondents in more than 80 countries to identify the kinds of people they would not want as neighbors. Some respondents, picking from a list, chose "people of a different race." The more frequently that people in a given country gave that response, the less racially tolerant the society is rated. Knoema mapped the latest findings:
Stardust once more...thank you and rest in peace.
The Economist mapped Bowie's ever-changing style.
During 2014 we listened to and would recommend the following podcasts:
In the last months of his life, a physically weakened Christopher Hitchens travelled to the Texas Freethought Convention and while there, an eight-year-old girl asked Hitchens what books she should consider reading. Intrigued, Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the youngster and sketching out a reading list (below). His last words to her? "Lots of love...remember the love bit..."
During December 2013, we listened to and would recommend the following podcasts:
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Half a century since Dr King spoke, and still as powerful and relevant as ever...
Meanwhile, in a unique tribute programme from the BBC, global figures celebrated the legacy of Dr King by reading the words of "I Have a Dream".
The always eloquent Patrick Stewart excels himself in this passionate and moving response to a question about domestic abuse.
Spanish runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya is still receiving attention for a race he lost in December 2012. El Pais explains how Anaya was in second place, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan mistakenly pull up about 10 metres before the finish, thinking he'd already crossed the line. Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.