More or less out of the blue, I was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this evening’s Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards ceremony in Marble Arch. Sadly, I couldn’t be there, but promptly began to hear via email and Twitter from people who were.
The first comment (excerpt) came from Sylvain Guyoton of EcoVadis, where I have been a member of the Advisory Board for many years:
“I was at the Ethical Corp Award ceremony (London) tonight with my colleague John Rees, and I was surprised to hear that you were the winner of Ethical Corp life time achievement award … You are way too young for this 🙂 … I hope you are not going to retire … Just joking!”
Most of the comments were to the same effect, that people couldn’t imagine that I knew what retirement was – and, most bluntly, that I wasn’t allowed to stop.
If I had been able to attend and give an acceptance speech, it would have been to the effect that I’m only just beginning to get some sense of what it is that I’m meant to be doing down here on this little planet of ours – and that I also feel strongly that the next decade (what we call the ‘Breakthrough Decade,’ from 2016 to 2025) could be the most challenging, exciting and productive of my life.