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On February 6th we explore the “exponential mindset” with John Elkington and guests. We look at how companies are turning to powerful technologies and business models to tackle social problems, from moonshot targets to the blockchain. It’s a recognition that incrementalism is not cutting the mustard, and that greater ambition is possible. John explains this mindset in his Breakthrough Business Models report, largely through the lens of Silicon Valley. His carefully selected speakers will share what they are doing in six minutes, before a discussion of the obstacles that lie ...Read more

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Modern slavery: How do we stop it?

Why do businesses need to act now to stop modern slavery? Watch Norman Pickavance, Partner of Grant Thornton, thoughtful 5-minute long documentary about the history of slavery. What lessons can we learn from history? To abolish modern slavery businesses need to find their voice, go beyond compliance and collaborate more. Read more

The Crowd’s 2017 editorial plan

2017 will be an important year for The Crowd, with our 100th event in April 2017, by which point over 18,000 people will have taken part. We are not aware of any monthly event in any sector that has managed this longevity.   Our focus in 2017 will continue to be on identifying the breaking issues in the relationship between business and society, and exploring how business can use its muscle to be a force for good.   We will continue to build corporate audiences of sustainability specialists, and actively broaden to other functions such as finance, supply chain, energy, corporate ... Read more

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Diversity: the killer app?

With the link between diversity and success being well documented, the debate is rapidly moving to how to build a diverse organisation quickly. Organisations that are slow to achieve seem destined to become less relevant. A 2015 study by McKinsey found that UK companies with 10% higher gender and racial diversity in their management teams have a 6% higher profit before tax. Why is this? They make better decisions and innovate faster. They tend to find it easier to hire top talent and connect with customers, and have higher levels of employee satisfaction. But as we’ll explore with s... Read more

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