Why democracy: taking political rights seriously

By Rebecca Lowe, former director, Freer

Rebecca-Lowe-267x267It was Cleisthenes who divided Athens into voting districts, and Alexander Hamilton who wrote 51 of the Federalist Papers.

It was Jean-Paul Marat who died in the bath, and Charles I who lost his head.

How good is Linda Hamilton for your health?

By Marc Sidwell, former head of personal finance, The Daily Telegraph

MSThe evidence is mounting that you can think yourself old. The good news is that it also works the other way around. In the 1980s, Ellen Langer of Harvard ran an eccentric study on a group of pensioners.

Langer rented a New Hampshire monastery and prepared it by removing all mirrors and installing photos of her subjects when they were young, along with decor, music and other cultural ephemera from the late 1950s.

How to tackle workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment

By Sylvia Sage, programme director at Corporate Learning Solutions

Sylvia 1It has only recently become clear just how widespread workplace discrimination, bullying and harassment are in the UK.

Since the birth of the #metoo movement, we have seen a string of organisations, business leaders and whole sectors come under fire for inappropriate treatment of staff.  From Google and Amnesty International to the NHS and Westminster, few sectors are immune.

The need for credible communicators

By James Boyd-Wallis, director, Fourteen Forty

Individual and group staff portraits at Fourteen Forty in Whitehall Gardens and in their offices at 8 Northumberland Avenue, 18th November 2017

Photography by Fergus Burnett

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In the age of post-truth and a lack of trust in business and the media, consumers and clients want companies and their leaders to be genuine or “authentic”.

Brands and CEOs that seem real are often better at building connections and engagement.  They see a benefit on the bottom line.

Boeing tried to win the wrong argument

This blog is based on a short quote which the Financial Times was kind enough to include in “Boeing criticised for not acting faster“.

Boeing appeared to be trying to win the wrong argument.

Having watched the dominoes fall around the world, as successive countries decided to ground the Boeing 737 Max, the US finally followed suit.  Two crashes months apart were enough.

Can brands level the playing field?

By Suzy Christopher, Charity and Community Director, BT

suzy-christopher-bw.jpgI’d like to think that most people reading this could name at least one sporting initiative from recent years that has set out to get more people involved in sport at a grassroots level. From Sport England’s #ThisGirlCan campaign, which got 1.6 million women exercising, to the recent Sport Relief campaign, which asked the whole nation to participate in a Billion Step Challenge, it’s a widely held belief that sport has the power to change lives.

Championing the small business economy

By Gary Turner, managing director, Xero, the online platform for small businesses and their advisors, and Fourteen Forty client

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Very often small firms do not need external investment to grow.  They need working capital.  That was one of the key messages that came out of a stakeholder and media event that we recently held to launch Xero Small Business Insights.