We cannot solve today's problems with the tools and thinking that created them in the 20th century. For us to even begin to address the megatrends facing us in the twenty-first century, we need to employ fundamentally disruptive approaches. This is where Millennials, digital natives, may hold the key. It's instinctive for this generation to use empirical data and sophisticated algorithms to assess situations, decisions, challenges, and choices. They have unprecedented access to data, intelligence, and applied knowledge their parents would probably not have dreamt of.
If we are to stand a chance of tackling twenty-first century challenges such as population growth, climate change and global warming, food and potable water scarcity, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, we need disruptive approaches; the kind of problem-solving that is born out of "integrated thinking" which is the natural ally of Integrated Reporting, and is enhanced by taking 'time to think'. Boards of directors, in particular, have a crucial role to play.
By employing these approaches in the boardroom, and across the thought-engines of start-ups and corporates alike, we may find the beginnings of a new 'informed optimism', which is likely to be critical as we look towards welcoming nine billion souls on our tiny planet.
Thoughts on corporate purpose, strategy and governance; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.