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Halcyon Listens - October 2013

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During October 2013, we listened to and would recommend the following podcasts:

  • Futurology for Business argued that Predicting the future is a skill that can earn investors and businesses a fortune - but get it wrong and disaster looms. In sectors like energy and technology planning decades ahead is an absolute necessity - but how can CEOs know what the world will look like in 2030 and how do they persuade shareholders and staff to come along for the ride?
  • Start the Week interviewed (a) the head of the Red Cross on whether the charity's principle of neutrality is still as relevant today as it was 150 years ago; (b) a journalist on major international conflicts and atrocities in the last few decades and the moral complexities of being neutral and impartial; (c) an economist attempting to defuse the explosive subject of immigration and (d) a politician proposing to sell working visas to the highest bidder.
  • Mass Flourishing featured Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps discussing necessary conditions for "mass flourishing" - where the opportunities for meaningful work, self-expression and personal growth are available to the many not just the few. Phelps argued that the modern economy is under threat by corporatist values that place the community and state over the individual, and the only way to recapture dynamism is through a re-commitment to modernity, indigenous innovation, experimentation and widespread self-realisation at the grassroots level.
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