On International Women’s Day it seems right to reflect on this year’s theme of ‘better the balance, better the world’ and ponder this in the light of the broader issue of diversity (and the lack of it in our workplaces, our public institutions, the media – I could go on!). (Very) slowly, institutions are moving […]
Only Connect “Only connect! That was her whole sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.” Howard’s End, E.M. Forster 1910 Writing at the turn of the twentieth century, the novelist E.M. Forster, saw a society […]
Despite its size (only 5 letters long) trust is a very big word. Yet in today’s world it seems to be becoming a scarce commodity. And this matters. We only need to look around us at our politicians, the media, large corporates, the professions, to know that trust has been, and continues to be, eroded. […]
Fairness, I think it’s fair to say, is a difficult concept to neatly pin down – yet it is a much used word (not least by my two teenage daughters)! The dictionary defines fairness as ‘impartial and just treatment or behaviour without favouritism or discrimination’. But ask a random group of people to say what […]
Madeleine Allbright is famously quoted as saying “There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.” I suspect I’m not alone in being a little thrilled by this macabre (and possibly vengeful) idea.