Universities and Brexit: a test of our resilience & values

I'm fortunate enough to live close enough to my university to cycle there.  Come Monday, the first day I was at work after the referendum, I found myself racing through the streets and along the park paths, suspiciously eyeing everyone I passed, desperate to reach the safe ground of my campus. It felt like a Remain bunker in a … Continue reading Universities and Brexit: a test of our resilience & values

Taking our country back – to the 1980s

Let's not mince words. Thursday's vote was both cataclysmic and catastrophic for the UK. Paul Krugman doesn't think the economic fallout will be as bad as some fear, but the political consequences might be severe. He doesn't consider the incalculable social damage which is already being wrought. I grew up  in a predominantly white British city in … Continue reading Taking our country back – to the 1980s

Part 3: the borderless disposition

Now we've looked at some of the external drivers shaping our borderless word, let's turn to a bigger question. Why should we want to live in one, and what does it mean to have a borderless disposition? For a start, bordered thinking is narrow thinking, which can limit horizons of possibility. Ideological borders, for example, can lead … Continue reading Part 3: the borderless disposition

Different strokes? Higher education and the T-shaped leader

      In my last post I explored how the concept of social leadership has, despite many different expressions over the past few years, settled on some core themes: operational agility, multidisciplinarity, and global astuteness. All prize mobility, flexibility and a form of network fluency. Several commentators remarked that the supply of leadership talent of … Continue reading Different strokes? Higher education and the T-shaped leader