March 16, 2004

Acet International Home

Just returned from week in India - Calcutta, Mumbai and Goa - 2nd visit in 4 months - visiting a number of projects connected with ACET International Alliance and Oasis. Very moving and also shocking at times, yet so much can be done to save lives and give people care as well as hope, even in the most desparate situations of extreme poverty and vunerability, street projects, slum projects, girls sold as sex industry slaves and so on.

March 06, 2004

Tetrapak client event - future trends and food industry - Dr Patrick Dixon

Tetrapak is a really interesing organisation. Look in your fridge. Chances are that any cartons of liquid (fruit juice or milk) were made by them (look underneath).

For their 50th anniversary the family who started it, invited hundreds of clients onto a cruise ship for several days in the mediterranean. I opened the first day with a keynote in the theatre on the future - Elton John closed the day with a rock concert that evening. Watch the video, look at the slides on the future of food.

March 05, 2004

Real Success - Future values, marketing, leadership, motivation and and corporate governance- Dr Patrick Dixon

Changing values affecting marketing, motivation, management, leadership and corporate governance. Find the ultimate generic slogan and mission statement and why hundreds of multinationals are using it.

March 03, 2004

The future of the coffee industry

After oil, coffee is the world's greatest commodity in trade terms, and like oil, the coffee industry raises many ethical questions about environment, human rights, inequality between wealthy and poor nations. Reasons perhaps why this presentation to the European Coffee Federation created such a stir at the time and continues to draw heavy web traffic.

March 02, 2004

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance continues to be in the news. Demands on non-executive directors are growing, as well as the risk to their reputation and personal finances if things go wrong. Expect further corporate scandals and even greater attention to the roles, responsibilities and conflicts of interests of non-executive directors who often are on many different boards.

March 01, 2004

THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS - book on drug addiction

Reports in UK press today suggesting that one in seven senior civil servants are dependent on alcohol - drinking in the morning or being warned at weekends by friends that they are drinking too much. This is far higher than the general population (6% of men and 2% of women), but probably not much higher than physicians.