Bohemian Humanity

Last night, I saw the new Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. There is a scene towards the end that depicts Mercury learning he is HIV positive. Shot without words, the image of a doctor and the film’s context is all you need to understand what is happening. It is a devestating moment, but one that … Continue reading Bohemian Humanity

Taking inspiration from coffee

‘Winning at all costs’. When pressed on their conduct during a campaign, this was the answer from one of our speakers. While the honesty is admirable, I have to disagree with the sentiment. Following my time with Future Leaders Connect, I am more convinced than ever that the means really does matter just as much … Continue reading Taking inspiration from coffee

Cultural (lack of) confidence

Picture the scene: a vibrant cultural marketplace. From Tunisia, to Kenya to Pakistan, stalls are draped in their national flag and stall-holders are wearing their national dress, brimming with pride at the opportunity to showcase their history and their culture.   Then your eye catches a group of people awkwardly huddled in front of five … Continue reading Cultural (lack of) confidence

The seven Cs for a successful campaign

Day two of Future Leaders Connect began with a fascinating discussion on successful influencing, with Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of Vote Leave; Kajal Odera, UK Director of; and Lord Wilson, former Cabinet Secretary. From the very public to the very private, they were hugely candid in their reflections on what works. My day job is … Continue reading The seven Cs for a successful campaign

Essential leadership characteristics

We have been asked to identify: What are the three leadership characteristics which will be essential in your country in the near future? I have cheated, and picked four characteristics I believe are essential. Leaders must have both a passion and commitment for delivering a better world. To be a good leader, you should be motivated … Continue reading Essential leadership characteristics

Children’s rights as human rights

Ahead of the Future Leaders Connect programme, we were asked to consider the following question: It’s 70 years since the universal declaration of human rights was proclaimed by the United Nations, but are our human rights better protected today than in 1948? It is a good question, with no easy answer. While there is plenty to … Continue reading Children’s rights as human rights