I heard George Lakey speak in Norwich yesterday evening. He was talking about his latest book Viking Economics, which I've read and recommend to you. George married a Norwegian and taught in Oslo for many years. His book makes the point that Scandinavians willingly pay high taxes because they get first class public services.
Perhaps it's my age, but I've seen several interesting jobs advertised recently. Of course I've been my own boss now for 27yrs now and that's not likely to change. I've employed people over the years but not been employed myself since 1990.
Walking through a cemetery after a Quaker meeting is becoming a habit of mine. This time it was Stoke Newington, where someone spoke in Meeting about his recognition of the importance of good. Of course good is important to our wellbeing. We all want to feel good, our parents tell us to be good and then as we age, doing good deeds for others becomes more important; I guess it's what Maslow called self actualisation.
I recently read a news story about a newly appointed CEO who was promising to transform and modernise his organisation. But he was pictured wearing a tie, which to me suggests something quite different. Innovators rarely do conformity.
I've worked with start-up entrepreneurs for the past 30 years, but have been surprised by the energy of the one that's just emerged from my home. After 25 years working for someone else, my wife has chosen to do something she enjoys. Belinda Ashton Jewellery launched this week after months of careful preparation. I'm impressed.
I'm pretty determined to leave the world in a better state than I found it. With my 62nd birthday fast approaching, I don't have time to waste, and so all of my work these days involves helping others grow their social impact.
I met Harry Harris a few years ago. He was an MBA student and I was delivering a session to his group on entrepreneurship. He was taken by my approach and we talked over a coffee afterwards.
Right now you have the opportunity to base your organisation here too and rent one, two or three offices. It’s a friendly place, where tenants share kitchen, toilets and a reception area / meeting space. We have a self-contained suite of three furnished offices available from 01 July 2017.
I enjoy the challenge of writing interesting pieces for sometimes quite technical publications. In this profile I managed to include Valerie Singleton and Robert Mugabe, as well of course as Simon Williams, the subject of the piece.