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The Edit: the simplicity of joy

What whales can teach us about joy, why employees are gaining more influence in the workplace and more in this week’s edit.

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One year after George Floyd’s murder: has business changed for the better?

The death of George Floyd forced business leaders around the world to address their diversity issues. One year later, Tim Gibbon asks, has anything changed?

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The Edit: Permanent Change

Post-lockdown anxiety, resistance to returning to the office, the pursuit of purpose and more in this week’s edit.

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Resources for supporting BLM

Collectively, we can all contribute to building an equal, just and anti-racist society. Here's our selection of some of the incredible resources available.

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The Edit: A Year Later

In this week’s edit we look at the year following George Floyd’s murder, preventing further pandemics and the role of businesses in the 21st century.

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The Edit: The impact of values

The power of values in uncertain times, how to talk to people who don’t want the vaccine and more in this week’s edit of the global conversation on purpose.

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The Basics: Stakeholder Capitalism

Breaking down the essential questions of purposeful business.

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Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

Is the concept of net zero emissions being used to 'greenwash' a lack of commitment to solving global warming?

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The fallacy of long hours: why working more doesn’t get the job done

Employees are crashing. Can we redesign the way we work to do better?

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The Edit: Leadership in a time of crisis

How has leadership been altered in the past year, and what changes will endure post-lockdown?

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The Edit: World Immunisation Week

We reflect on how vaccines bring us closer and consider what new challenges immunisation programmes face today.

Will travel ever go back to normal?

With much of air travel grounded for over a year, we question whether the industry should ever return to its pre-pandemic state.

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Ellen Windemuth: My Octopus Teacher and the importance of storytelling

Ellen Windemuth - producer of the BAFTA and Oscar winning documentary, My Octopus Teacher - discusses our relationship with nature and the incredible power of storytelling.

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The Edit: reconnecting with the earth

In this week's edit, we reflect on Earth Day 2021. How does our connection with nature impact our understanding of purpose?

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How much can leaders really change their minds?

It's often said that failure is an essential part of the journey to success, but how much can leaders legitimately change their course of action?

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The Edit: Travel in the time of corona

In this week’s round up, we take a look at how the travel industry has been affected by the pandemic. What will the new version travel look like?

Procurement is Missing in Supply Chain Sustainability

Research reveals four ways to make procurement central to supply chain sustainability

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The Edit: How can we nurture a healthier world?

In this week's round up, we reflect on how living a purpose-driven life can impact individual and global wellbeing after a year that saw the ground shift beneath the entire world's feet.

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The Edit: Is bigger always better?

With the Ever Green finally refloated, we are reminded that business can impact the entire world in this week’s round up of the global conversation on purpose.

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Why cycling is key to reaching net-zero carbon cities

Global warming can feel overwhelming, but cycling is one practical way that individuals can make a difference.

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The Edit: Shifting to a Stakeholder Mindset

Our weekly round up of the individuals and organisations creatively pursuing purpose everyday. 

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How Patagonia and Allbirds Set the Pace on Their Journey as Sustainable Leaders

The CEO’s of Patagonia and Allbirds discuss how they’re tackling the climate crisis while sharing innovative practices and materials.

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The Edit: How do we want to live in a post-pandemic world?

Our weekly round up of the individuals and organisations creatively pursuing purpose everyday.

Women leaders: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

In 2021, we need female leaders more than ever

As we face the pressing issues of the 21st century, we need a multi-dimensional style of leadership.

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Changing the world through collaboration

The superpower behind the coronavirus vaccine success.

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Open: The Story of Human Progress

Author Johan Norberg makes the case that progress is intrinsically linked to connectivity.

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The great office reset 

To understand the future of the office we need to look at its history

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Can global innovation competitions help unearth the next sustainability solution?

Entrepreneurs from low and middle income countries face many obstacles. These programs help their breakthrough ideas see the light of day.

What are the possibilities when Greta Thunberg and the Dalai Lama join forces?

What can Greta Thunberg, the Dalai Lama, and leading climate scientists teach us about how we can combat the climate crisis?

Our 2020 purpose audit: has this year made businesses more or less focussed on purpose beyond profit?

Has the watershed year of 2020 changed the way individuals and businesses think about their role in the world?

Henrietta Fore: How can businesses connect with their communities?

Why is purpose essential to solving complex community issues, from education to water to public health?

A shift towards a purpose-first economy: the key players helping build the world better

After the pandemic, how can we build a world that is more equal, more sustainable and more resilient?

Dylan Taylor: How can space help us see beyond ourselves?

We need to reimagine what is possible in order to drive change in the here and now. But how do we get that perspective?

Paul Polman: Why business can’t be a bystander in a post-Covid world?

What can businesses learn from the pandemic to start thinking about things differently?

Emmanuel Lulin: Why is trust a businesses’ most valuable currency?

What happens when organisations don’t follow up pledges with real action?

Dr James Mwangi: How can we apply personal purpose to business and society?

How can the single purpose of an individual transform the lives of many?

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How can constraints enhance creativity?

In narrowing available resources or abilities, limitations are momentous sources of potential for organisations.

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Greed Is Good. Except When It’s Bad.

Fifty years after it was written, how relevant is Milton Friedman’s “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits” today?

How can finance become stakeholder led?

How can the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative's 'Principles for Responsible Banking' impact people and planet?

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Purpose and Business: Key Principles from the British Academy

What can the British Academy's ‘Principles for Purposeful Business’ teach us about purposeful business amidst the pandemic?

The pursuit of meaning; not happiness

In order to make sense of the challenges around us, are we better off reframing our search for pleasure or happiness, to one of meaning?

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Do we actually grow from adversity?

Was Nietzsche onto something when he said, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger”?

Navigating adversity with Purpose: Episode five of ‘The Leaders Series’

Businesses now accept that they have a responsibility to consider climate change. But can they really steer the solutions?

How we can overcome prejudice and bias?

How can learning about biases help us overcome them?

“Labels are for bottles”: Can brand advertising have a positive social impact?

How can we distinguish ‘woke-washing’ from authentic brand activism?

Purpose is personal: Episode four of ‘The Leaders Series’

What does it mean to live with and lead with purpose?

Solving supply chain transparency: Episode three of ‘The Leaders Series’

As scrutiny on supply chains increases and the ethics of trade are being questioned, how can businesses improve their transparency?

Investment is personal: Episode two of ‘The Leaders Series’

What does it really mean to live by your values when money is at stake?

Why faux-purpose will not last: Episode one of the ‘Leaders Series’

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The Beautiful Truth presents ‘Leaders Series’ – the trailer

We spoke to five business leaders about the 'why' driving the leadership. How, despite challenges, do they stay comitted to a higher cause?

Spontaneous introspection

Over the past few weeks and into the next few months it feels as though many people are going to go on this journey. Spontaneous, or at least triggered, introspection.

3 ways to tell if corporations are genuine about fighting climate change

“It takes leadership and a certain kind of courage to admit that change is needed,” wrote Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune at CNBC. “Now we must keep the pressure on.”

Feelings: what’s the point of rational thought if emotions always take over?

Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational person is affected by emotions when making decisions.

Three financial firms could change the direction of the climate crisis

A silent revolution is happening in investing. How can it impact climate change?

Science is sometimes wrong. That’s okay.

As much as we’d like to believe that published research and scientific facts are infallible, they aren’t.

By dwelling on the downsides of bioplastics, we’re hobbling efforts to make them part of the solution

How can we reconceputalise challenges into opportunities that we can take advantage of?

How to really hold business to account on their carbon footprint: include their supply chains

If businesses are to prosper in this climate, it is now essential that they include their whole supply chain.

Leaders on Purpose: how to walk the talk and transition into a purpose-led business

What do Leaders on Purpose tell us about leading a successful, purpos-driven corporation?

How B Lab is changing the role of businesses in society

Over 3000 companies spanning 150 industries are currently a certified B Corp. What does the certification mean?

From coffee to cosmetics, companies are looking for ways to protect the plants their products are made from

  As crop varieties disappear, boosting biodiversity becomes smart business.  “The food system that we’ve built over the last century is a dead end for…

Humanity and nature are not separate – we must see them as one to fix the climate crisis

From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate and ecological breakdown. It’s no coincidence that almost every single sector of industry is contributing to the planet’s downfall,…

How can we actually create happy societies?

Imagine two different societies. In the first, people tend to be stressed, tense, irritable, distracted and self-absorbed. In the second, people tend to be at…

Purpose in Governance

by Elliot Wilson  What is purpose? Research shows that people with a hard-wired sense of purpose do better in life. Jaak Panksepp, the esteemed Estonian…

Science needs myths to thrive

I can still remember the horror of discovering that everything I had worked on was wrong. I was a PhD candidate just starting my second…

How a sense of purpose can link creativity to happiness

How are creativity and happiness linked? Does happiness make us more creative or does creativity make us happy? Most of the research so far seems to indicate that a positive mood enhances creativity.

Venture Capital: towards a fair venture?

Shift in VC investment: players who prioritise purpose are next big earners.

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Communicating climate change: Focus on the framing, not just the facts

Humans are currently in a war against global warming. Or is it a race against global warming? Or maybe it’s just a problem we have to deal with?

How companies can action the Business Roundtable Statement

Following the Business Roundtable Statement, here are three ways that businesses can start creating more people-focused companies.

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Navi Radjou on realising our potential

Navi Radjou discusses how creative problem-solving can address some of today's biggest global issues.

Potential Project founder Rasmus Hougaard on developing people-centric leaders

Rasmus Hougaard, founder and managing director of Potential Project, discusses the desire to do good in business and the place for compassionate leadership.

Five ways to become a really effective altruist

For an effective altruist, the core question is: “Of all the possible ways to make a difference, how can I make the greatest difference?”

Private Equity: Purpose beyond Pound Sterling

With private equity assets now common in investor portfolios, investors have upped their non-financial performance demands

Towards a fairer capitalism

 Business can and ought to have higher ideals that go beyond shareholder value. If we are going to answer some of the most complex…

Values and purpose: the secret to M&A success

The C-suite must engage with the deeper values and purpose of the business, ensuring they are understood by all stakeholders.

Welcome to the bioeconomy

Circularity requires less resource extraction and is designed to have a longer shelf-life to minimise the impact of waste.

Exploring the Purpose of Life

What is your purpose? Research shows that humanity’s purpose rests in the spectacular drive of our minds to extract meaning from the world around us.

Calling time on single-use plastics

The drastic change needed to clean up our waterways cannot depend alone on consumers to change their relationship to plastic.

Fashion Industry: Is Transparency Enough?

The themes of transparency and supply chain disruption are taking central stage at this year's Fashion Revolution Week. Are high street brands doing enough?

Extinction Rebellion: Activism for Change

Extinction Rebellion in the UK and around the world is forcing mainstream news to start giving the politics of climate change the attention it deserves.

How Pharma Can Navigate Change with Purpose

Healthcare and Pharma are facing more disruption than ever. How can the industry leverage purpose as a behavioral compass to navigate through change?

A Conversation with Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein reveals her thoughts on the current political landscape, and discusses how the emerging concept of brand purpose impacts the corporate space.

Microfinance and Female Empowerment

Can microfinance empower women and increase equality? Cath Everett examines the impact of money apps and microfinance organisations on women in rural Kenya.

Simon Sinek and The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek encourages an infinite mindset - in both business and how we perceive ourselves. We look at the five key elements of the infinite game.

Christa Gyori on Purpose

Christa Gyori, CEO and co-founder of "Leaders on Purpose," discusses the immense business potential that lies in the United Nations’ SDGs.

Building For Tomorrow

Cities are growing faster than ever. Mass migration poses a major challenge, and the demands on the construction and architectural industries are immense.

Turning the Tide on Plastics

Awareness of how much plastic is polluting our ecosystem is growing, and highlighting climate disasters through narrative is now more important than ever.

Greening up the Beautiful Game

Helen Taylor, former CEO of Forest Green Rovers, is inspired by the desire to prove that the sports industry can start “doing things differently.”

Collaborative technology: working with humans

For some, The Fourth Revolution conjures up a dystopic vision of the world of work where robots take over the world of work, resulting in…

Timothy Henry on defining Purpose

Timothy Henry, founding member of the Conscious Capitalism movement, discusses a different, more holistic way of doing business.

Blockchain and the new social contract

Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of The Blockchain Research Institute, forsaw the profound affect information technology would have on business and society.

Be More Pirate: sea change starts with you

  Be More Pirate: Or How to Take on the World and Win is a rallying cry for anyone who wants to embrace their rebellious…

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William McDonough on Cradle to Cradle

William McDonough, architect, author and pioneer of the circular economy, talks to us about design principles for the creating in today’s world.

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A View to Innovate with Purpose

Innovation driven by purpose is bringing the world of digital books to the visually impaired and those managing sight loss.

Building Tribal Trust with Authenticity

Effective communication starts with an authentic narrative that is created by building trust.

In pursuit of The Beautiful Truth

Rediscovering our purpose and defining The Beautiful Truth has brought meaning back to our business, and to our own stories as people.

Beyond maximising shareholder value

Shareholder value has been the corporate mantra for decades, but the tide is changing and purpose-driven businesses are outperforming the competition.

Conscious Capitalism in the Age of Amazon

How does being owned by Amazon square with the Conscious Capitalism movement originally founded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods?

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