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New Normal #2 Be Different Not (Just) Better

Do you know who Dietrich Mateschitz is?  Probably not. But you will know the product he created.  It’s orangey.  It comes in small silver & blue cans.  It’s supposed to give you wings. Red Bull was inspired by an energy drink in Thailand named Krating Daeng.  Mateschitz took the idea, modified the ingredients and launched […]

New Normal #1 Sustainability

Most of you have heard of Greta Thunberg, right? She is a 16 year old from Sweden who is trying to change the world.  She started in August 2018 when she held a solo protest against climate change outside the Swedish parliament. Fast forward 13 months and she has just crossed the Atlantic Ocean on […]

The New Normal

Last week Hurricane Dorian ripped through the northern Bahamas.  Winds of up to 200mph and huge storm surges devastated lives and properties. If that wasn’t bad enough, Dorian created another storm.  One that continues to rage in the USA.  Well, Dorian didn’t create the storm.  Donald Trump did.  This is what happened… On Sunday September […]

Making 1 + 1 = 3

You should all be familiar with the cartoon strip Dilbert. The cartoon is known for its satirical humour about a white collar, micromanaged office featuring engineer Dilbert as the title character. The strip has been running for 30 years.  It appears online and in over 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries and 25 languages. Dilbert was […]

Carving the Statue

You recognise the statue in the picture above, right? It’s the statue of (the Biblical hero) David.  It’s a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501-1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo. The statue was originally placed in a public square, outside the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of the civic government in Florence.  Because of the […]

Why Buy?

How many of you remember (or are even old enough to remember) the film Uncle Buck? It came out 30 years ago and starred John Candy as Uncle Buck and McCauley Culkin as Miles – the nephew he needs to look after.  There is one sequence in the film where Miles asks Uncle Buck a […]

Giving Things Time to Succeed

On January 7th 1990 Manchester United played Nottingham Forest away in the FA Cup 3rd round. Alex Ferguson had been United’s manager for 3 years.  Things hadn’t been going well. United had yet to win a trophy in that time.  They were on a winless run of 7 games.  Just a couple of weeks before […]

Missing the Point

Let’s start with a joke. A successful lawyer buys himself a brand new Porsche Carrera.  The following day he parks it right in front of the office ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he gets out of the vehicle, a truck speeds past.  It hits the car completely tearing off the driver’s […]

The Illusion of Knowledge

Let’s start with another question from the Factfulness Test that we talked about last time. In all low-income countries across the world today, how many girls finish primary school…(a) 20% (b) 40% (c) 60%? The correct answer is 60%.  Those of you who got this right have learned the lesson from last time.  Pick the […]

Looking for the Majority

Let’s start with a short quiz. Question 1: In the last 20 years, has the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty… (a) almost doubled (b) remained more or less the same (c) almost halved? Question 2: How many of the world’s 1 year old children today have been vaccinated against some disease…(a) […]