I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to relax with a glass of something bubbly. It’s not that 2021 was bad, quite the opposite, but it has been full. Here at The Beautiful Truth we launched our magazine online, premiered our first feature-length documentary, The Purpose of Capitalism and are currently putting the final touches on our print magazine, debuting in March 2022.
We will be taking the next couple of weeks to recharge, and hope you can do the same. In the meantime, we’d like to leave you with a selection of our favourite content from across the whole year – a mixture of the best articles, podcasts and videos from creatives and writers around the world.
From all of us here at The Beautiful Truth, we hope you have a joyful and restful Christmas.
Naina Dhingra, Andrew Samo, Bill Schaninger & Matt Schrimper | 5th April | 2763 words | McKinsey & Company
Employees are increasingly expecting their job to bring a sense of purpose to their lives. McKinsey explores why and how businesses need to help their employees discover their purpose, or risk losing their talent to more purposeful organisations.
How do we pursue profit and purpose at the same time? Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance at London Business School and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance, argues that there is a business case for purpose – not just a moral one.
Alistair Carmichael, Fiona Lander &Richard Steele | 9th April | 2515 words | McKinsey & Co
The pandemic has made mental health challenges in the workplace worse. McKinsey looks into why leaders need to take a holistic and methodical approach to supporting their employees’ wellbeing.
Oxford professor Robin Dunbar and author of Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships discusses why human connection is fundamental to how we live our lives.
Alison Gopnik | 20th Sep | 6 min video | Aeon Video Shorts
Alison Gopnik, writer, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley explains why caring for those who are vulnerable might be responsible for humanity’s best qualities.
Can every business be net positive? Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman and acclaimed sustainability writer Andrew Winston discuss their new book, Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take, and how organisations can contribute to ending inequality and climate change.
Jill Lepore | 27th Sep | 9033 words | The New Yorker
Jill Lepore explores how efforts to restore and rescue Black burial sites is unearthing deep conflicts over inheritance and representation in America.
Rosie Spinks | 8th March | 2244 words | Hothouse Solutions
Rosie Spinks reflects on how the pandemic may revert travel back to being a luxury, and why that might not be a bad thing in this travel focused edition of Hothouse’s monthly climate solutions.
Alberta Bourla | May Issue | 3763 words | Harvard Business Review
Pfizer’s chief reflects on the journey to developing the world’s first Covid vaccine, and what the record-breaking achievement means for humanity.