Author: Grant Schreiber

Africa’s Last White President

FW de Klerk is best known as the last white president of apartheid South Africa. He freed Nelson Mandela after 27 years in jail, handed power to his former enemies and then shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela – who many still considered a terrorist at the time. He explained his views to us […]

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How Africans Have Hijacked the Bretton Woods Declaration

An historic declaration becomes the inspiration for Africa’s rejuvenation. Okendo Lewis-Gayle is inspired by a meeting with Barack Obama who tells him to “hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself in life.” Young African talent is being enticed out of major multi-national corporations and being put to work in new African startups. Western countries […]

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Mao’s Last Dancer

One day in 1972 in the rural province of Qingdoa, China, a delegation from Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy arrived at a commune school to find suitable children to study ballet and pledge allegiance to Chairman Mao’s revolution. They walked past a quiet eleven year-old boy named Li Cunxin without taking much notice, but just […]

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The Story of Stuff: Why You Should Pay Attention

I always like to remind people that the economy doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it exists on the planet and is a subset of the environment. The economy cannot exist without an environment, without the planet, without resources and without energy. To think of them as either unrelated or, even worse, as a subset of […]

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“Sport Has The Power to Change The World” – Nelson Mandela

A unique collaboration between luxury brands and the world’s greatest sporting legends has helped young people around the world overcome challenging social issues such as poverty, homelessness, war, violence, drug abuse, discrimination and AIDS. As Michael Johnson settled into the starting blocks at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 to set a new world record for […]

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The Oprah Effect

Born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage, single mother, Oprah Winfrey went on to become the first black woman billionaire in history. Arguably the world’s most powerful woman, she has overcome her adversities to become a benefactor to others. Now she’s producing movies. In August this year The Hundred-Foot Journey produced by Steven […]

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Royal Dutch Shell Endorses Shareholder Resolution on Climate Change

Supermajor’s Support for Resolution Co-Filed by As You Sow Sends Signal to Policymakers: It’s Time for Global Accord On Climate. The Royal Dutch Shell Board of Directors has endorsed a shareholder resolution requiring the company to commit to reduce emissions and invest in renewable energy, to do away with bonus systems that promote climate harming activities, […]

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Israel’s Richest Women Promotes the Business of Doing Good

American-born Israeli businesswoman Shari Arison, is one of Israel’s wealthiest women and the richest in the Middle East, yet her wealth has not changed her opinion that it’s necessary to do good while doing business. Owner of the Arison Group, Arison oversees a conglomerate of businesses and philanthropic organizations that have managed to integrate values […]

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Luxury Gets a Conscience

Where your fashion comes from, who made it, and how it was made, have all become important considerations. Luxury has returned and consumers are looking at how brands are highlighting an artisanal craft into their unique garments. However, consumers have returned to luxury in a new way, with sustainability at its core. Post the economic […]

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Maya Angelou: A Caged Bird’s Song Of Freedom

The passing of Maya Angelou today reminds us all of the unlimited potential each one of us carries inside. The high school dropout who became a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University once stated, “I have created myself, I have taught myself so much.” In many ways she epitomized the American Dream. She is best known for […]

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Time to Wake up and Smell the CO2

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released its 2013 report on the state of our global environmental health. Compiled by 259 authors in 39 countries the report paints a sobering picture of our current situation and the consequences that await us in the future should we fail to act. These are not sensationalized […]

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A Leader For All Time

Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. While many still debate his political standpoints, one thing is clear: he was a moral compass for more than just South Africa, his compassion for people reached around the world and influenced statesmen and ordinary people alike. His tenacity and strong will are legendary, part of what has […]

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Achieving Long Term Exceptional Performance

Authors Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed have set out to understand what truly great, long-term companies have in common versus the once-off, hero-of-the-moment type companies who might only be around for a short time. As business leaders we are constantly being swayed backwards and forwards by the “latest” thoughts and analysis from business experts. While it’s […]

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The Future of Mobility

It’s not actually about the car,” says Martin Wilderer. “We’re aiming to revolutionize the way people see mobility; the whole system. That’s where the power of our new venture comes from – not from only looking at one part of the mobility chain.” His vision includes alliances with hydrogen-pumping filling stations, to allow motorists to […]

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Rebel With A Cause

Sung-Joo Kim, the Chief Visionary Officer of MCM Group, one of the world’s largest luxury houses and one of Korea’s most powerful women, gives her view on fashion and how it can influence consumers for the better. Originally seen as a rebel by her family for not simply settling for marriage, she was struck off the […]

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Cleaning Up The Diaper Business

Turning biodegradable diapers into profits in the US$5.7 billion disposable diaper industry. The lights dim and before an intrigued audience, the latest take on a familiar, everyday consumer good is beamed onto a large screen. The boring, industry-standard color has been replaced with trendy shades of blue, green, pink, red and yellow. The architecture has been […]

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