In recognition of Second Hand September, we look back on lessons shared by Change Makers who are working hard to bring good and necessary change within the fashion industry – not just for September, but for the months and years to come.
One of the things I love about the conversations is challenging my own pre-conceived perceptions. To paraphrase, interviews are like a box of chocolates; you never know how you’re going to feel about who you meet or what you might learn from them.
Wimbledon, the Euros, The Olympics, and a bruising Lions series – it’s been a superb summer of sports. But these events have also shown that winning is more than a gold medal. The perfect time to reflect on what it really means to win, listen back to conversations on mental health, having a happy mindset and reaching your goals.
The annual One Young World Summit, which began yesterday in Munich, convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from around the world are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders, including some of our brilliant Change Makers guests from the past year.
Richard Curtis is the man behind many of our most-loved romcoms, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Notting Hill, Love Actually and Mamma Mia – he has enthralled the nation with his tales of love and life for over three decades. He spoke to Change Makers’ host Michael Hayman about the power individuals have to instigate change and why business must be a force for good.
At its simplest, food is the global unifier – we all need it. But the way we grow, commodify, transport, eat and respect our food needs to change. Restaurants, too, must take up their responsibilities, says Asma Khan.
Lockdown takes so many things away from us. Our freedom, our daily habits, our friends, our family and in some cases, our work. But in the place of these dear and essential things, we have found small opportunities. With life slowing down, many of us have found a new opportunity, and indeed joy, in reading a good book.
When we talk about businesses changing for the better, often we hear the phrase “diversity and inclusion” as an area for improvement. And yet the issues of discrimination and equal opportunity in business are broad, it’s impossible to capture the struggle of so many different people and communities with one sweeping phrase.
We often turn to economists to make sense of the present and predict the future. But they don’t all sing from the same hymn sheet. Each one takes the facts before them and adds their experience, their insight and their understanding to create their own vision of how things could be. Some offer reassurance, some issue warnings. All offer a view.
A social entrepreneur, banker and economist, Professor Muhammad Yunus, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his creation of the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concept of microfinance – he has since helped millions of people out of poverty.
When you’re facing an uncertain future, many would argue that the events of the past can offer some guidance, inspiration and indeed, comfort. So, who better to talk to as we battle through the Covid-19 crisis, than three esteemed historians and writers?
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