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MARK FLORMAN

Mark is a businessman and entrepreneur active in policy making. His mission has been focused on driving and measuring economic & social impact and harnessing human potential.

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The age of forgetting

From our smartphone culture to the rabid reductiveness of our sound-bite media cycle, we live in a time of momentary, meaningless distraction. It drains our productivity and it devastates our policy debate.  But England’s ageing crisis cannot be forgotten away – and we’re not adapting. The number of British people needing round-the-clock care will double by 2035. As the FT reminds us, ‘Public spending on the average 80-year-old is about four times that spent on the average 40-year-old. It is a similar story for tax payments, but in reverse…

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The UN launches the Sustainable Development Capital Initiative 

What does it take for an idea to seed? What are the specific conditions that must be met, what mind-sets cultivated, what context needed to achieve mass adoption? Two weeks ago I spoke at the UN’s General Assembly in New York City alongside Prime Minister Theresa May, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau, Rwanda’s President Kagame, and…

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Remembering Kofi

Last week, the world laid to rest Kofi Annan: father of Africa, great statesman, and profound humanist.    With his form of leadership, he taught grace to the world’s powerful, and gave strength to the world’s most lowly: boundless in his compassion and emphatic in his belief that you are never to young, or too…

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Aiding and abetting: rewriting the rules of giving

If there was ever a moment to redefine the meaning of international aid, it is now. The population of Africa is now greater than the entire developed world combined. There has never been a more compelling moment to challenge the diseased philosophy of moralised giving that sits at the heart of our Big Charity and Big…

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Twelve Platform Policies for Global Equilibrium

The tide of global fortune is shifting at an unprecedented pace. Fuelled by the rapid dispersal of technology and newly educated workforces, the economies of developing nations are growing at remarkable rates. China is expected to overtake the USA as the world’s largest economy in around 2027, while India’s population is forecast to grow to 1.7bn by 2050, creating the world’s largest workforce. These statistics reflect the fast-changing global hierarchy of economic and geopolitical power. In broad terms: the Old World (North America, Europe, Japan, Australia) – partially sclerotic, stagnating, ageing and indebted…

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The defining decade: lessons from Lehman and radical re-visioning

“I studied economics and went to business school, but neither taught me to think critically about the purpose of finance. Most people in finance look at spreadsheets and screens all day, having only learnt one type of economic theory. It’s not surprising that they don’t think about the real big-picture impact of their work. I…

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Business & Society – my Step 1 & Step 2

Corporate Governance Reform for a New Era of Responsible Business. Pre-Second World War, society – including business – did more than the State to provide a safety net for its inhabitants. The Post War Consensus changed this and the State assumed more responsibility. Business has since been left with a narrow focus on profits, failing to do enough to contribute, outside of the basic employment contract, to the communities in which it operates. It needs to do more. For the world’s governments, societies and economies, no question can be more pressing. Enlightened businesses, investors and consumers know that there is only…

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China’s sharp-eyed state

‘Welcome to China, where AI is being pressed into service as handmaiden to an authoritarian government. For many critics, this seems fraught with danger: an Orwellian world where “Big Brother” is always watching, able to spy on anyone from human rights lawyers to political dissidents and persecuted minorities. For supporters, it is near utopian: a…

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