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To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction - Theodore Zeldin

What's Changing? - Society

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Please see below recent society-related change.

 

June 2018

  • Without succumbing to politically-motivated "Big Society" mantras, we can nevertheless realise that there is a huge untapped potential in civil society and the individuals within it. If we listened more to the surviving members of the "make do and mend" generation that got through the 1930s, WWII and its bleak aftermath, might we learn again not just self-sufficiency, but also a way of pulling together towards a common purpose? But what should that common purpose be anyway?  The fat years (for some) of recent times seemed to lead to increasing isolation from one another, as we retreated inside both our traditional brick and our new digital fortresses, so who is now going to articulate a non-utopian shared vision of what "getting better" should mean for society as a whole?

 

January 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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  • In a recent lecture at Oxford University, Al Gore expounded on six different drivers of global change; Earth Inc; emergence of the “Global Mind”; the Biotech Revolution; Changing Governance Structure & Power Relations; Growth as the “Holy Grail” and Climate Change.

 

 

  • PwC US identified nine key technological, economic, and political trends for CEOs to consider. That so many trends are cresting at the same time only complicates the challenges CEOs face. But by looking at how they affect companies, and understanding how they can prepare to meet these challenges, CEOs can increase their chances for success.The nine trends include: disruptive innovation, managing cost and complexity, convergence, consumerisation of IT, the changing dynamics between developing and developed countries, social media, data explosion, IP and data protection, and the changing political and regulatory landscape.

 

  • A diverse group of global leaders is calling for a radical shake-up in politics and business to deliver progress on climate change, reduce economic inequality, improve corporate practices and address the chronic burden of disease. Now for the Long Term, published today by the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, is the product of a year long process of research and debate undertaken by a group of eminent leaders on the successes and failures in addressing global challenges over recent decades.

 

  • The UK government's Global strategic trends out to 2040 report argued that the era out to 2040 will be a time of transition; this is likely to be characterised by instability, both in the relations between states, and in the relations between groups within states. During this timeframe the world is likely to face the reality of a changing climate, rapid population growth, resource scarcity, resurgence in ideology, and shifts in global power from West to East.

 

 

  • The IMD “Competitiveness Roadmap” is an attempt to describe and assess the main issues that will affect the world competitiveness landscape over the next four decades. Issues are shown along two axes - degree of impact and timescale - to provide a clear “mental map” of the environment in which nations and companies will operate. This is a subjective assessment which aims to bring some coherence to the multitude of issues that are said to be having an impact – sooner or later – on the competitiveness landscape. These issues are succinctly described on the fold-out pages.
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