In this section you will find articles related to the existential challenges that we face as human beings; climate collapse; farmageddon; sustainability; pollution; poverty; inequality; migration; biodiversity & extinction rates; superbugs; conflict; personal health & wellbeing.  Arguably, the greatest challenge we face as a species is to find solutions to these problems - that is the Human Race against time.

Read more at: Oxfam

22 Jan 2018

Reward Work, Not Wealth
What are the consequences of wealth inequality?

The numbers in this report are staggering.  The richest forty-two people have the same combined wealth as the poorest 3.7 billion.  Of the wealth created in 2017, 82% went to the richest 1%, while the living standards of the bottom 50% did not improve in the slightest.  In the UK, the typical FTSE100 CEO earns 120 times the income of an average employee.   Extreme global poverty could be eradicated by a more balanced approach to wealth distribution.  In this context, is the accumulation of extreme wealth immoral?  What responsibility are you (and the organisations that you work with) taking to address this?

Read more at: The Guardian

15 Jan 2018

The Mythology of Work
Is your job a killer?

The article summarises a long held belief of mine - that our current approach to work is detrimental to our physical and mental health and that beyond a threshold, productivity yields follow a pattern diminishing returns.  Is your job killing you?  Or more alarmingly, what if you are inadvertently killing your employees by placing too many demands on them?  It is time to redefine work in terms of the amount that we do , why and how we do it.   As a start point, maybe consider Gallwey's 'The Inner Game of Work' - I found a pdf version of his book here.

Sustainable Development
How are we shaping-up for the future?

This is a very useful resource provided by the United Nations showing progress against their 17 goals to achieve sustainability. We all have a personable responsibility to help achieve this - arguably the single most important challenge faced by humankind.  While good progress has been made on a number of fronts, time is running out on others.  Consumption continues to rise with an adverse impact on bio-diversity and the climate.  Be clear - time is running out. This is the human race against time.  What are you, your organisation and community doing to have a positive impact of achieving sustainability? 

Read more at: The British Psychological Society

20 Nov 2017

Psychology at work: improving wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
Do you recognise and understand neuro-diversity?

Regardless of your disability statistics, if you are not providing tailored support for at least one in ten of your staff, then you are likely ignorant to the impact of neuro-diversity in the workplace.  This report from the British Psychological Society provides a useful guide to. the subject.  Is neuro-diversity openly discussed in your organisation?  Could you be doing more to support your staff?  There is nothing new in the adage that   healthy and happy staff equates to improved performance and productivity - how you can achieve this is now becoming clearer.  

Read more at: Government Publications

26 Oct 2017

Thriving at Work
How is the wellbeing of your team?

The stigma around mental health issues is gradually being eroded and there is growing recognition of the benefits of taking preventative measures to safeguard wellbeing.  This long awaited report sets-out a framework for addressing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.  Think of mental health just as you would for physical health and safety - a matter for which we all have a duty of care.  How do you measure-up against the six core standards in the report?  What wellbeing support do you provide?  On a very simple level, if there is anyone in your team that you are worried about - reach out to them and check that they are OK.

Read more at: The Modern Families Index 2017

16 Jan 2017

Working Families Report 2017

Is Time Poverty the new currency?

This year’s Working Families report paint a divided picture when it comes to flexible working. One thing is clear - by being flexible and supportive when it comes to helping your employees to achieve a good work-life balance, you will be rewarded with a loyal, happy, healthy and productive workforce. With the rise of the ‘gig-economy’, staff will find it easier to move to companies that provide the right balance. In a knowledge based economy, loss of staff can equate to loss of competitive advantage. So, are your current flexible working arrangements merely a fop? Should you be doing more to be totally flexible?

Future Proof - Britain in the 2020s

Are you ready for the next decade?

This report by the Institute for Public Policy Research makes for mixed reading.  It paints a turblent picture in the years to 2030 - a period that will see our social fabric change in response to a stagnent economy, automation, the saturation of global systems and the impact of the Anthropocene.  It's not all gloom though - wherever there is change, there is opportunity to make good.  Our collective challenge will be to act responsibly.  Are you ready for the challenges of the 2020s?

Read more at: The Guardian

16 Dec 2016

Climate Change

Are we at a tipping point?

Whichever side of the climate change debate that you sit, the observed changes in our planets environment are quite startling.  Of bigger concern is the rate at which the changes are happening. Yet we continue over-inflating the enviornmental balloon and hope that it doesn't go pop.  Is it now time for each and everyone of us to take more responsibility?  There is nothing more powerful than mindful consumerism to focus the attention of our politicians and business leaders.  When making your next purchase, maybe spend a moment to consider which option might give the best outcome for the planet.  Before it's too late.

Read more at: National Infrastructure Commission

15 Dec 2016

Connected Britain 

Is there one recommendation missing?

Today the Government's National Infrastructure Commission has issued it's report related to the implementation of the 5G mobile network across the UK.  While it makes sound recommendations and recognises the importance of the technology - has an opportuity been missed to help ensure that the technology is used to improve sustainability?   5G will improve the ability to work remotely and could reduce demands on our overloaded transport systems and congested cities.  It is not just about technology though, a change in business culture will be required, relying less on face-to-face relationships and more on the integrity of our on-line transactions.  Be ready.

Read more at: UNLIMITED

12 Dec 2016

Gross Domestic Happiness

 A new way to measure performance?

I have yet to meet anyone who's life goal is to be miserable.  Yet I do often see a disconnect between aspirations of happiness, the lives that people follow and the goals that they pursue.  In our culture of 'what can be measured can be managed', perhaps we should reframe our measures to be happiness based.   Would our world be better if it was happier or more productive?

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