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Posted on 26 November 2019

The advancements in technology, paired with globalisation have promoted a trend towards agile working, with workers free to work at a time and location which suits them. In the changing world of work, there is a growing trend f...

Posted on 07 November 2019

Historically, Trust in finance was viewed as fundamental and underpinned the banking industry from its outset – in fact, the word ‘credit’ is derived from the Latin word for ‘trust’. In more recent...

Posted on 15 October 2019

In the age of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), analytics and robotics, it has become difficult to imagine the world prior to our current technology, and even more difficult to foresee what the future will br...

Posted on 10 October 2019

On the occasion of Mental Health Awareness Day, 10th October, I thought it prudent to shed light on one of the key contributors to mental health: the workplace. On average, we spend at least a quarter of our weekly hours at wor...

Posted on 02 October 2019

Millions of men, women, and children took part in climate crisis protests in September this year. While much attention has been given to the rallying cry of Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish environmental activist, many companies...

Posted on 24 July 2019

As work has changed, the relationship between organisations and their people has progressed. Work has moved away from the industrial revolution and the homogenisation of workers and evolved into an era of autonomy with a new em...

Posted on 26 June 2019

By Greg O’Meara, Project Management Intern When we interact with others, we tend to adopt a certain style. We choose the style based on our intentions, values and motives. On one end of the spectrum are givers, for whom t...

Posted on 05 April 2019

By Graham Oxley, Project Manager – Digital Engagement Whether at work or at home, we often hear about unwritten rules. These are the norms, behaviours or actions that people are expected to follow or do even though they are n...

Posted on 13 March 2019

It’s been one month since our Future of High Performance Masterclass and we’re excited to soon be sharing our Report with members of the Future of Work Research Consortium, which will present the key findings from our exten...

Posted on 08 February 2019

By Graham Oxley, Project Manager – Digital Engagement The manager of Manchester United is not someone that people would often look to when researching culture change. However, the remarkable turnaround in fortunes at the ...

Posted on 31 January 2018

The mood at Davos 2018 was more upbeat than last year. Recall that in January 2017 those gathered on the snowy peaks were confronted by two unforeseen events – Brexit and President Trump. This year both events are in play –...

Posted on 30 March 2016

Scientists estimate that for every year of life, life expectancy increases by three months. Most of us will live significantly longer than our parents, and right now many babies born today are expected to live for at least 100 ...

Posted on 08 March 2016

There are acres of books, innumerable conferences and endless press speculation about the rise of the robot. We first witnessed IBM’s Big Blue defeat Jeopardy contestants and then go on to beat chess masters. But, we thought,...

Posted on 02 February 2016

As an educator I am fascinated by the way that learning will be re-shaped over the coming decades. Here are some of the far-reaching questions debated at Davos this year and the experiments discussed. Shouldn’t craft-based ap...

Posted on 29 January 2016

So here is what has got me thinking after a week at the 2016 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos: The rise of the scientists. The dominant Davos talk last year was of the Greek crisis and the possible break up of the Euro - t...

Posted on 07 December 2015

My partner and I went to Rwanda a couple of weeks ago. Our mission was to trek up the country's highest mountains to see the mountain gorillas that inhabit these bamboo forests. People had told us that this would be a "life-cha...

Posted on 01 December 2015

Ten years ago I took my son to East Africa to stay in a Masai village. I reasoned that time with these mighty warriors would be a good anecdote to his rather cosy suburban life. On the second day at the village, our Masai guide...

Posted on 10 November 2015

Last week, Republican candidate Paul Ryan was confirmed as the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives. However, his acceptance of the post was on the condition that he would travel less than previous speakers in order t...

Posted on 01 June 2015

What is the most valuable asset a company can give an employee? Historically the answer was simple – money. Yet we have known for sometime that although pay might indeed be a valuable asset for an employee, it’s unlikely to...

Posted on 11 February 2015

The global challenges facing the world – such as rising poverty, youth unemployment and climate change – are not themes that are new to Davos. What is new for Davos 2015, is a growing realisation that to address these chall...