Hello Hope Street residents, & welcome to issue #12! We sincerely hope that every one of you, in our growing community of optimists, are keeping fit, safe and healthy.
In the news this week, it appears that despite the opening up of bars and restaurants, the majority of people are staying away through a mixture of health concerns and the impending sound of an imminent recession on the cards. It’s not our style to go where the doomsayers go, so hats off instead to big corporate players such as Primark, the Kier Group, Lang O’Rourke and many others who relinquished their right to their job retention bonus. With many big problems to solve, the exchequer needs every bit of help it can get.
So plenty of relevant, upbeat and hopeful commentary this week, with a focus on what the ‘minimum office’ means to us, a callout to the shift in recognising the need for both emotional intelligence and empathy across our organisations and in Society, we ask you to consider, ‘have you wasted your crisis?’ This relates to the question we put to our community this week: Has the easing of lockdown made you more or less hopeful about things?. We shall reveal our findings in issue 13.
We close with the wise words of our good friend Andy Spence, who reminds us of the central mission of what Hope Street is about:
We now have the technology, capability, finance, talent and burning need to build amazing new organisations. We need to ditch some of the old ways, reinvent some others and off we go.