What history teaches us: innovation, publishing and politics
This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Emma Bell, Co-Chair FinBiz Task Force for One Young World and Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman of The British Museum and Bloomsbury Publishing. Oli and our guests discuss starting points, self belief and what the future might hold for both employers and young creatives.
Plus, we drill down on responsible business, covering everything from the models that work to those that won’t last, sustainability vs. austerity and our guests’ advice for future generations. We’ll hear more about the extraordinary global platform that is One Young World, and consider what today’s business leaders can learn from history. And of course, our host asks both Emma and Sir Richard who they’d most like to meet for coffee and which books they’ll be adding to the famous Lens Reading List.
Sir Richard Lambert is a British journalist and business executive. He served as Director-General of the CBI, Chancellor of the University of Warwick and Editor of the Financial Times newspaper. He currently chairs the board of the British Museum and is also Chairman of Bloomsbury Publishing.
Emma Bell is the Co-Chair of the One Young World FinBiz Task Force, tackling the 17 sustainable development goals from the UN. Emma joined Rcapital in October 2018 to support its portfolio companies with transformation and growth. With a diverse background including finance, marketing, sales and technology; Emma brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across a variety of different sectors.
The Lens Reading List
Emma Bell chooses Sapiens by Yuval Harari and another book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. Emma also mentions Hillary Mantel and her wildly popular Wolf Hall series.
Sir Richard Lambert chooses Ithaca, a poem by Constantine Cavafy. ‘What it essentially says’ he tells our host, ‘is have a long-term goal but don’t let it dominate your life and have fun on the way. Take your time, enjoy the sunshine and when you get there, it may be what you expected when you started off but it may not be, but you’ll have enjoyed the journey.’
The Lens Podcast
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Each episode brings together a business and future leader to foster disruptive conversations and fresh connections. Innovators and CEOs join Oli Barrett in the studio for a unique conversation covering their journeys, lessons learned, advice, insight and of course, the inspirational person they’d most like to meet for coffee.
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