Will the World Ever Rediscover Its Innovative Spirit?

I don’t know how many of us realize that we have already lived through a fifth of this century, mired in crises of one type or another. It all began with 9/11 in America which led to a series of ill-conceived wars in Asia. Then, we had the Great Recession from 2007-8 onwards from which… Continue reading Will the World Ever Rediscover Its Innovative Spirit?

Crises Make Us Hope for Change

Merely a decade ago, we were barely recovering from the 2008 Financial Crisis. Most of the world was still reeling from the domino effect it sent across the world through the global financial system. Even countries that were not part of the globalized world of finance were impacted through the effects it had on trade… Continue reading Crises Make Us Hope for Change

How Illiberal Politics is Impacting Business and Economies

For the past several centuries the world has made much of its progress on the back of the relationship between citizens, governments and businesses. From the time of the Magna Carta, when aristocratic barons seized privileges and rights from the monarchy, businesses have had the upper hand in the relationship. As agents of innovation and… Continue reading How Illiberal Politics is Impacting Business and Economies

2019: The Year for Pellets, Pepper Spray and Protests

As we draw down to the end of the year, my memories of 2019 will be conflict, protest marches, pellets, pepper spray and tear gas. Hundreds killed too, as in the cities of Iraq over the past two months. It is over a decade since the financial crisis began. And it was believed to have… Continue reading 2019: The Year for Pellets, Pepper Spray and Protests

Why Brand Purpose Must be Aligned with Business Purpose

Sharing an article that I just wrote for LinkedIn on brand purpose, since there is so much discussion around it these days. I came across a 1970 article by Milton Friedman in The New York Times that spurred me to put my thoughts down on the subject and refute some of his theories or arguments.… Continue reading Why Brand Purpose Must be Aligned with Business Purpose

Global Growth on a Slow Boat to China

The last time the Western world traded with China and it led to wars, it was of the opium kind, in which India too was involved. That was over a century ago. The opium trade with China and the exploits of the East India Company have since been evocatively recreated for us in fiction by… Continue reading Global Growth on a Slow Boat to China