So here we are in 2016. Unhappily, some form of mass hack took down elements of my blogging site over the Merrymas season, so many thanks to Chris Wash for both bringing it back online and migrating the whole thing to a more secure platform. Having gone almost a month now without being able to post blogs, I will begin by melding a variety of storylines together to bridge the gap.
But, the spirit of entering the New Year in a blaze of energy and creativity, the painting above is one of my sister Caroline’s sold-to-someone-other-than-me works, and one which I regret having missed.
It’s hard to capture the pace of the end of 2015, where I did something like 17 keynotes in 7 weeks, and ended with a trip to Mexico City to work with Grupo Bimbo (subject of a separate blog). Suffice it to say that I have had a long siesta pretty much every day since the holidays started, except on days where we went to see my parents in the Cotswolds, for example, or entertained Gaia, Hania, Jake and Paul.
One key activity has been reading, something I’ll aim to distil in a separate entry. And writing. In the wake of my most recent column (they go out in GreenBiz in the USA, Monday Morning in Denmark, and Eco-Business in Singapore) of the legacy of the late Maurice Strong, I have been writing around our evolving exponential solutions theme, including evolving the next round of our program outline for the UN Global Compact (on which more anon) and another column, to appear in January.
Meanwhile, here are several images that capture brief encounters during the closing days of 2015 – the Ai Weiwei images stemming from a team day-out, the River Café ones from a delightful lunch hoisted by Will Rosenzweig: