DAVOS 2015: BEYOND OUR NATURE
By Lynda Gratton
Lynda is just back from the World Economic Forum at Davos and we’re lucky enough to have her observations of the event fresh off the press (or, more accurately the plane!).
What characterised Davos 2015 for me was a growing realisation that to address the world’s biggest challenges – issues such as rising poverty, youth unemployment and climate change – we have to go beyond human nature. As the neuroscientists at Davos reminded us, we humans are exquisitely evolved to work in tribal groups – that is, with people who are like us. Unfortunately, this has done little to prepare us for the sorts of challenges we are now facing, since they can only be solved if we are able to work in huge groups, containing many different types of people, negotiating across complex alliances. More
TAKE UP THE HOT SPOTS CHALLENGE
The beginning of the year is traditionally a time for setting new challenges both personally and as an organisation. At the Hot Spots Movement, we’ve noticed the popularity of group challenges in areas as diverse as fitness, budgeting and cleaning – many of which are based on the idea of making small behavioural adjustments that add up to significant change – and thought we’d start setting regular challenges of our own.
The beginning of the year is also when individuals take time to concentrate on their wellbeing – both physical and financial – after a festive period of excess. So, we thought we’d challenge our readers to think of ways in which they can encourage and support wellbeing in a way that is high-impact and rapid to deploy. And, in keeping with the frugal spirit of the start of the year, the initiative should be as low-cost as possible. More