Who (or what) inspires you?

There’s nothing like nothing to inspire thinking.

It’s such a simple question. OK, it has overtones of those motivational speakers you get, especially in the US, and those dreadful motivational posters too, but it’s still a great question. It’s also a really hard one to answer. I was asked about best books and best films recently and these aren’t easy to answer either.

I’m inspired by nature. I love the ocean. I love deserts too. I’m especially enthused by the cosmos (which instantly makes me think of Carl Sagan). But down here on Earth? And individuals that are still alive? I think inspirational figures are few and far between and they seem to be getting rarer. OK, Charles Handy and Theodore Zeldin to kick things off.

All time? How about Einsten, Picasso, Hawking, Montaigne? Organisations? NASA without a doubt. The NHS. Other things? Education generally, Children generally, Museums (great buildings!), Great art, Human kindness, Florence Nightingale, Great questions, Flint hand axes…

Prehistoric flint hand axe, Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Please add your own list….

Reasonable list here (but too many dead old men)

People as Pets

A Korn Ferry study of 800 business leaders across the globe has found that business leaders think that tech will create more value than people in the future. 44 per cent of bosses go as far as saying that automation, AI and robotics (let’s create a new acronym here and call it AAIR – as it void, vacuum, full of hot…) will make staff “largely irrelevant” in the future.

Reminds me of a boss I heard about not so long ago that referred to his people as “pets” (the only reason the management team employed people at all is that regulation made the company do so).

Ref: CityAM 17.11.16 (P09)