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Tuesday 24th September 2019 (Fortnightly Edition)


Hallo Again from Team-ei: the Top Half is bringing you news from inside our network, and Bottom Half is our Knowledge Dashboard - curated snippets to keep you smart and up to speed.

Social Capital Network

Since we announced our new baby, The Social Capital Network we have been inundated with offers of help and support. This included an invitation to go into No 10 Downing Street to talk to the Civil Society Unit who pledged their support. Pictured here: ei Founder and Chair Julia Hobsbawm, SCN Director Karen Persad and Shanice Shields-Mills, who joined the ei team this Autumn after being our very first Scholar back in the day...


If you would like to be one of the first cohort of corporate supporters we would like to hear from you, please contact Karen Persad

If you are a member of the network who wants to offer your time to our new Scholars, please contact Shanice Shields-Mills


Save The (Breakfast) Date: Monday 21 October 2019

Our Club session, in association with The Trouble Club, looks into the crystal ball of economics and ask: are we on the edge of another financial abyss? Kicking us off will be the economist Vicky Pryce, whose new book Women VS Capitalism: Why can't we have it all in a free market economy will be signed and ready for club members.

For further information contact Shanice.


The Soft Skills Revolution


Our Auditorial Intelligence podcast and film unit is super busy and last week we were in studio discussing skills and the future of work with the consultant and psychologist coach Derek Draper, author of Create Space and founder of CDP Consulting ; The recruitment doyenne Amanda Fone of F1 and Caroline McFarland, founder of intergenerational think tank CoVI .

The driving force of the podcast is QDOOZ the app behind the Soft Skills Revolution. You can catch sight of their National Qualities Index research here

Red Carpet Listening


Our Auditorial Intelligence Unit has just come to the end of a producing our first run of podcasts for Prix Pictet, the world’s largest photographic art prize devoted to sustainability. To finish we went to the world’s longest red carpet at the GQ Man of the Year Awards to interview Editor-in-Chief Dylan Jones about Consumption and the Instagram era of photography. More anon on where and when to catch the series.

If you would like to know more about our bespoke podcast series please contact Laura Musins

Autumn Look

Our network spans culture, business, tech, academia, media and each fortnight we will do our best to bring to your attention special invites and discounts on offer.

MILLENNIFEST is a flagship event series hosted by think tank Common Vision. This touring event series is all about moving beyond the stereotypes, and celebrating the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow. The theme of MILLENNIFEST 2019 is Talent: with a programme of inspirational talks, skills masterclasses and policy workshops exploring what the future workforce will look like, and what this means for skills, education, and public leadership. Sign up now for free tickets by clicking on the city you would like to attend, see below and entering the ticket code: EI-2019.

Manchester: 28th September 2019

Birmingham: 5th October 2019

Bristol: 19th October 2019

Edinburgh: 26th October 2019

The Inner Game of Leadership Retreat

Here at ei we have received a unique opportunity for our members to join an Exclusive Cohort of Global Leaders Unilever, as part of its global purpose of enabling sustainable living, is kindly opening this highly-acclaimed programme to external guests.

Hosted by Anu Chugh, Managing Director of Ben & Jerry's Europe, with Louise Chester and Stephen Stynes of Potential Project, this unique opportunity to attend has 2 places at a special Ei 50% discount. For more information visit www.mindfulleaderretreat.com and mention Ei when booking.

Turning the Tables


We extend our support to network member Kay Scorah, who is hosting a 1-day conference in West London on November 29th, Turning the Tables, in which 9 or 10 young people who have faced challenges that most of us have and will never face, will take to the stage and talk to us about what they have learned, and how we can use their experience to widen out thought diversity.

"I’ve spent almost 45 years in science and business. In the last 5 of those years, my learning curve has taken a steep upward turn, and for that I thank the inspiring young people that I have met and worked with through Teenage Cancer Trust, Psyche Delight Theatre company and through one-on-one interviews on social exclusion among young men in London. I’m (literally!) giving some of these young people a platform at Turning the Tables to share their wisdom, their experiences and their thought diversity with senior business leaders in London on November 29th. No matter how successful your Inclusion and Diversity programme, it’s unlikely you’ll ever meet a group of people with such a range of life experience as this team:" - Kay Scorah

To learn about this 1 day conference please click here: Turning the Tables


News & Views from around the eiNetwork plus what to read long, read short, see, hear and learn about across Arts Culture & Design; Business, Economics & Workplace; Digital, Technology & Media; Politics, World Affairs & NGO issues; Literature, Human Behaviour & Philosophy; Science, Medicine, Health & Wellbeing.

Arts, Culture & Design

READ LONG: This year is the 25th anniversary of the first series of Friends airing on American TV, and for old fans it has become so familiar that some use it as an aid to sleep at night. Read more about this here.

READ SHORT: This article published in National Geographic goes back to Jordan in the Bronze Age and looks at the influence of the Romans that can still be seen today.

LISTEN: The Open Ears Project is a new podcast which invites guests to share a classical piece of music which means something to them. Guests have included Ian McEwan and Alec Baldwin! Find out their favourite pieces and why here by giving it a listen.

WATCH: Keep up to date with the shows from Milan Fashion Week on the British Vogue website, where you can view an exhaustive list of all of the collections that have been featured.

LEARN: Learn what it’s like to be a 16-year-old in New York right now with this video which follows them around the streets of the Big Apple.

EVENTS: As part of the London Design Festival 2019, the Design Museum is displaying the work of Yuri Suzuki whose interactive pieces combine innovative designs with sound installations.

Business & Economics

READ LONG: The University of California system announced recently that they are ending investments in fossil fuels. Read more about it here.

READ SHORT: Hot-desking is a means of treating workers like drones, argues the Economist. What do you think?

LISTEN: How I Built This is a podcast in which real success stories are told and applauded. Hosted by Guy Raz, give it a listen now and get inspired!

WATCH: Attend a talk at Tate Modern in October in which five women in the Design industry discuss under-representation in their field along with the promotion of their new book. Get tickets now.

LEARN: Learn how to push back on internal limitations and allow creativity to blossom by attending the Craigberoch Deceleration Launch Lab for a week in November. Perfect for anyone working in a large corporation and wanting to recharge your creativity, find out more about the retreat here.

EVENTS: Visit the Turning the Tables Conference on November 29th to hear from young people who have suffered through extremely difficult life experiences, and get to know what they have to share with business and organisational leaders about diversity and how to deal with change. Click here to book your ticket now!

Digital & Thechnology

READ LONG: MIT Media Lab reveals issues with a research project after four researchers claim that sponsors were lied to about the project and their product’s efficiency. Read more here.

READ SHORT: The consumption of news and media online means that organisations know what their readers are interested in. But a new report claims that 71% of the public attempt to avoid news coverage relating to Brexit. This article in Project Syndicate tries to answer why this is.

LISTEN: Nick Cave is using the internet as a platform to reach out to people in need. The musician has created a platform for online intimacy by inviting anyone to ask a question that he will attempt to answer in a weekly blog post. Listen to his advice!

WATCH: Watch this Vice video which follows the efforts of a number of College students from around the US working together to try and launch a rocket into space!

LEARN: Ever wondered why teenagers don’t seem to be able to pry their eyes from their phones? This New Yorker article explores the addictive nature of the app TikTok and how its creators have their consumers glued to the screen.

EVENTS: Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborn’s new exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery uses digital technology in order to reinterpret her own image and the concept of the photographic portrait.

Politics & World Affairs

READ LONG: Talking to Strangers is the new book by Malcolm Gladwell exploring our relationships with the people we don’t know and the problems that arise when these interactions go wrong.

READ SHORT: If you fancy learning more about Gladwell (above) before getting your hands on a copy of his new book, here is Sean O’Hagan’s interview with the author for the Guardian.

LISTEN: Historians on Housewives brings together scholars from different fields to discuss the phenomenon that is ‘The Housewives’, a series of reality TV shows created by Bravo. Give it a listen here!

WATCH: Dialect coach Erik Singer analyses the idiolects of actors playing real people in this video for WIRED, detailing how accents and voices are shaped in the posture of one’s mouth. Check it out here!

LEARN: Bestselling author Charles Handy asks questions about the next generation and what they should expect from the world in his new book 21 Letters on Life and its Challenges. Learn about how he has used his own life experiences in an attempt to help us answer these questions here.

EVENTS: Book now to attend the event this Sunday at Conway Hall which uncovers the issues of toxic masculinity in our society and what we can do to combat stereotypes of manhood.

Science & Medicine

READ LONG: The yearly 9/11 tribute lights are endangering birds by leading them away from their migration paths. Scientists and volunteers are working together to try and keep the tradition going without putting birds at risk.

READ SHORT: Who knew lemons could be used to replace deodorant! Jane Larkworthy discusses her discovery of this natural alternative in this quick read for The Cut.

LISTEN: If you’re looking for a podcast with a refreshing view on the way pop culture is shaping our perceptions of mental illness and ‘madness’, then look no further than Mad Chat!

WATCH: Why has LA reservoir been covered by millions of black balls and what are they there for? Find out in this video published by Veritasium.

LEARN: The Waterstones bookshop on Gower Street are hosting an exhibition of Camila Cavalcante’s photographs which depict portraits of women in Brazil who have experienced or witnessed illegal abortions. Fifty women have shared their stories and will feature in the exhibition.

EVENTS: The Wellcome Collection’s new permanent exhibition ‘Being Human’ explores what it is to lie as we do in the 21st Century. It includes works by a number of different artists, including a sculpture designed by Tasha Marks which smells of breast milk!

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