Discussion Our favourite stories this week January 1-6 2019

by Michael Wise _______6th January 2019

Dear Readers,

Here are a few articles published in the last few days that address issues – such as mental health, corporate governance, financial inclusion, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, tech and AI – that Tomorrow’s Company thinks business should seek to fully engage with if it is truly to become a force for good in society.

Happy New Year!

The TC team

With great power comes great responsibility and in a true democracy the accountability for the way in which such power is exercised. How then should we monitor and govern the powers who use AI to influence our lives? https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/01/the-guardian-view-on-the-future-of-ai-great-power-great-irresponsibility?CMP=twt_gu&__twitter_impression=true

In 2019 businesses must drive social change: consumers demand it https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/2019-businesses-drive-social-change-consumers-demand/1521790

New rules aimed at closing the pay gap between bosses and workers have come into force https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-wages-pay-gap-executive-salary-bonus-ratio-persimmon-bt-a8705786.html

In an era of intelligent machines with AI, IOT and driverless cars capable of making decisions, how can these digital agents be held accountable? Should we try to build morality in or simply hold corporate bodies and leaders to account? https://www.iotforall.com/iot-human-rights-machine-agent/amp/

New attitudes to mental health are an important part of the picture to addressing this growing crisis. But only a part. A less piecemeal approach is required https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/24/dont-british-urges-new-suicide-prevention-minister-calls-openness/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

How we judge success tells us most of what we need to know about our values. Telling observations from Rob Lake as Harvard Business Review reviews CEO rankings https://hbr.org/2018/11/the-best-performing-ceos-in-the-world-2018

Brigid Schulte: Hard work combined with the space and time to rest body, mind and soul — yes, that changes the world https://www.ft.com/content/8c4cadb8-054e-11e9-bf0f-53b8511afd73

Technology and ethics: what should investors consider? https://bit.ly/2SsZHxz

Friday was so-called ‘Fat Cat Friday’ – when top-boss pay had already overtaken staff pay in the first three days of the year, according to a report https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46744840

Auticon, previously known as Mindspark, is one of only a handful of companies that cater exclusively for employees who are on the autistic spectrum https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-46538125

With mobile technology, we can empower the world’s unbanked http://www.cityam.com/271029/mobile-technology-we-can-empower-worlds-unbanked