How Facebook, the company that said it wanted to bring the world together, became the great divider

Some of us are old enough to remember the halcyon days of social media, when we genuinely believed it would be a force for good in the world.

The early evidence was promising. There was the Arab Spring, in which citizens across the Middle East used Twitter and YouTube to organize mass demonstrations against oppressive regimes in their respective countries.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales talks clickbait, fake news, the information wars and how to fix a broken internet

In this day and age of Trump, tech and anti-trust, it’s easy to forget the quiet Internet miracle that is Wikipedia. 

I will argue that Wikipedia – the no. 5 most visited website in the world – is the best thing on the Internet. It’s free, there are no ads, the knowledge is so vast, and it’s user-generated. 

Regenerative capitalism is coming: A conversation with former J.P. Morgan Managing Director John Fullerton

In 2001, John B. Fullerton decided to leave his high-paying, prestigious job on Wall Street. For almost 18 years, he had worked for the large American investment bank J.P. Morgan, including a long stint as Managing Director responsible for various aspects of the company’s global capital markets and derivatives businesses, and then ran the investment arm of LabMorgan. 

Today, John Fullerton still works with finance, but in a completely different way. He’s the founder and president of Capital Institute which is “a collaborative working to explore and effect economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance.”

Redefining the role of business: A conversation with Harvard Business School’s Geoffrey Jones

What will the future of business be like? One way of finding out is arguably to focus on future challenges in society at large. 

In 2017, Geoffrey Jones, professor in Business History at Harvard Business School, published Profits and Sustainability. In the opening lines, he wrote: “The degradation of the natural environment presents the greatest challenge faced by humanity.”

Here’s why we need to balance management and leadership. And appreciate business history more.

What are the key lessons from business history that will still apply in the future?

My most loyal readers will know that this is the question I’m currently trying to answer, as part of my project to describe the future of business.

Horizontal first, vertical second

What are the key lessons from business history that will remain important in the future? That’s the question I’ve been trying to answer in my recent posts.

My answers have in no small part been informed by a conversation I had with business historian Chris McKenna of Saïd Business School at Oxford University.