Passivity is a debilitating condition affecting most large organisations.

Passivity is the tendency toward inaction rather than action; Waiting to be instructed rather than seeking opportunities. Avoiding problems rather than seeking solutions. The great irony is that in most cases this passivity is in fact, ACTIVE.

‘Active Passivity’ may be the mother of all oxymorons, but we believe it describes perfectly the status quo within many companies today.

In a nutshell, it is the tendency to assume and act as if “It’s not my job.”

It is that devil on your shoulder saying “You don’t get paid to do that…

The West’s disingenuous position on Israel and its coordinated attacks on China have blown the cover of the liberal narratives it uses to hide a postcolonial, imperialist agenda.

The aftermath of Israeli air attacks in Gaza City. [Khalil Hamra/AP Photo]

A tipping point has been reached, even if it has hardly been discussed within societies and by political leaders. Across the non-Western world, there is growing awareness and rejection of the hypocrisy, insincerity and insecurity embedded in the Western world with regard to its relations with the global majority.

Western narratives and propaganda took hold across the world over the last 200 years as a result of colonisation and imperialism. Mind capture…

Government spending has been focused on the safety and security of societies around the world. Can this become the norm?

After a decade of austerity politics, world capitals suddenly seem happy to spend money. Responses to the economic pain and disruption of the pandemic and related public-health measures resulted in governments are passing relief packages of record size, numbering into billions of dollars. More relief is likely as governments continue to spend money to support social welfare and economies further.

New policy ideas are being embraced in this crisis — even ideas dismissed just a few months earlier. Both Spain…

Digital technology is a powerful tool, but it should not distract from the importance of a viable biosphere

Originally published April 30 2021 on CCN

Millions of people around the world have now seen images of the desperate situation in parts of India as infection rates exceed 300,000 per day. Reports point to a desperate shortage of oxygen, a double mutant strain and images of bodies laying on funeral biers on sidewalks, as crematoriums become overwhelmed — even in the capital New Delhi.

The World Health Organization announced at the end of March the findings of its draft report into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s what many have expected: the coronavirus likely jumped from animals to…

Beijing dropped its GDP growth target for 2020. Could this be a first step in changing how we think about growth?

On May 21st, at the Two Sessions of the National People’s Congress and the CPPCC, Beijing announced that it was dropping its GDP growth target for the year. China normally sets a GDP growth target as part of its economic planning, and has largely succeeded at achieving it, at least in its official numbers.

The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has made any Chinese attempt to achieve its usual growth metric exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. …

In a resource-constrained world, we need to rethink and refocus the uses of technology

Much of our current discussion of technology is anchored on the premise that applications like the internet and the smartphone have radically transformed our lives. This extends to technologies still in development: if you believe the hype, a whole range of technologies from cryptocurrency to artificial intelligence portend radical changes to how we live and work.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution” may or may not end up being a real thing. But the current commentary around digital technologies perhaps over-estimates how transformative the past few decades really have been.

The hundred years of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were…

Externalities are one of the core concepts that should underpin analysis of the world

Managing externalities will be the greatest challenge for economic policymakers over the next several decades. From the pandemic to climate change, policymakers need to find the right balance between collective welfare and individual benefit.

The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, with implications for many of the major externalities of everyday life.

First, what is an externality?

An externality is any impact — positive or negative — that is not borne by the producer or consumer of a good or service. Thus, these impacts are not reflected in the market price of that good or service.

Most discussion resolves around “negative”…

The pandemic revealed that many corporations were not ready for a truly global disruption. The New Normal is a time for introspection and change - including the behaviours and norms of the corporate world.

The second of a 10-part series published by the Global Institute For Tomorrow.

One year ago, major companies were still touting 2019’s record profits and were predicting that 2020 would be another bumper year for profits. Even as the pandemic’s toll started to rise in Asia, and then in Europe, global stock markets rallied.

As more and more countries started to pause economic activity for public health reasons — lockdowns, social distancing, and travel restrictions — companies suddenly saw their revenue dry up. Companies went from boasting that profits would last forever to going to the government for a bailout…

Now that the world is emerging from the other side of the pandemic, it’s time to ask: what needs to change?

Traffic light with a sticker saying ‘Push to Reset the World’
Traffic light with a sticker saying ‘Push to Reset the World’

This is the introduction to a 10-part series published by the Global Institute For Tomorrow. The next article can be found here: Transforming the Corporate World

Countless headlines since the coronavirus pandemic took hold have used some variation of the phrase “everything must change” or even “this has changed the world”. One can understand why: from large scale government interventions to mass lockdowns and halted travels, to food shortages, debilitating unemployment and the sudden need to wear masks, COVID-19 and is perhaps the first event where everyone, regardless of social standing, wealth, or physical location, has been affected in some…

“Crises present opportunities. But it takes effort to capture them“

Originally published at on March 6, 2021.

There is a common feeling that light is appearing at the end of a long dark tunnel. Vaccines, economic stimulus, and pent-up consumer demand might yet return us to the business and life we once knew. But before you and your team begin celebrating a new post-Covid future, whatever that may look like, it is important to reflect upon what we have experienced and learned in this process.

Failing to do so risks repeating past mistakes and missing significant opportunities ahead. From a leadership perspective it is critical to process and internalise…

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