Scientific American asks the question, “Are we living in a second Renaissance?”
We recently held a gathering on Necker Island all about disrupting for good, a topic close to our hearts at Virgin Unite. I believe that the best way we can make a positive difference in the world is by working together to change the status quo and change business for good.
Our argument that the present is a second Renaissance made the front page of the Huffington Post yesterday.
A flourishing of genius like that of Copernicus does not just “happen.” It arises as a result of specific social and intellectual conditions that enable creativity to shine forth. Why did genius shine so spectacularly during the Renaissance? And why is it happening now? (Read more…)
Terrific review for Age of Discovery in the latest edition (18 May 2016) of Nature. ‘A bold mega-analysis of global education, health, prosperity and technology…incisive and rich in context and granularity.’ (Online version of the review is behind a paywall.)
A week before publication, and the book has already found its way into one of the world’s best bookshops, London Review Bookshop.
Counting down the days…!
“Timeless” disciplines, such as the Classics and the humanities, often best “withstand rapid periods of change” because they give students a “skill set of enquiry based on evidence, the ability to assimilate lots of rapidly changing information in a curious way and a hunger for learning that remains for them for the rest of their life”.
- Don’t just employ genius; become its patron.
- Diversify systemically.
- Dare to fail.
- Be bold.
Read the full review here.
Age of Discovery is a much needed dose of perspective in our increasingly short-term focused world.Dominic Barton