What is the purpose of Davos?
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The World Economic Forum meets next week, no doubt to put to rights the world’s many wrongs. They are calling it Globalisation 4.0.
I have warned before of the banality of talking trust. This year, I suggest – in an OpEd for Management Today – we beware the “purpose peddlers” and “control fakers”. Now is the time for Activist CEOs and Employee Liberation Movements to take centre stage. You can read my article in full here and I would, as ever, welcome your feedback. You may also be surprised to learn that PR isn’t really dead – though it remains part of the problem.
Hear the latest radical ideas on the Future of Work
Elsewhere, work at Jericho continues apace. Later this month, we curate the Future of Work is Human Literary Festival on behalf of CIPD – click here to register your place. It promises to be a terrific evening – with brilliant contributors and a super audience in the spectacular surroundings of Southwark Cathedral library.
Emceed by the wonderful Margaret Heffernan, six top authors will pitch their books and arguments, TED-style, in ten-minute bursts. Economist Linda Yueh, unfortunately unable to join us on January 29th, has made the short film below which challenges issues of wages in the present of work and of purpose in the future. If you have not bought and read Linda’s “The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today”, you really should.
“I’ve seen this movie before”
Next month sees the first in the 2019 programme of “An Evening With….” as our very own Matthew Gwyther puts soon to be ex-BT boss Gavin Patterson under his gentle spotlight. When his departure was announced, Patterson remarked: “I’m not somebody who has regrets – I try to look forward. There hasn’t been any falling out. I’m an adult – I’ve seen this movie before.”
The event follows on from recent classic conversations with, among others, Bill Browder and Justin King. You can still catch the podcasts. Future guests will be announced over the course of 2019. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.
… Jericho’s coalition programmes continue at pace. Adult Social Care, Charity in an Age of Austerity, the built environment and – of course – Responsible Tax – are some of the live themes we’re exploring up and down the country and sometimes around the world. You are welcome to participate – just drop us a line.
For those Jericho followers who spend much time commuting by train – we feel your pain. Jericho partner Matthew Gwyther has just made this Radio 4 In Business programme ‘On The Rails’ about what to do with Britain’s struggling rail system. Possibly surprising that he found some answers in Italy.
That’s it for now, folks. Not even a mention of Brexit. Please let us know if you would like to find out more about our work, consultancy services, research programmes, content and podcasts and much more besides. We’re here to help organisations navigate towards meaningful change, a better society and the common good.
Happy New Year!
Robert Phillips, Co-Founder