Multigenerational challenges require intergenerational solutions
I was recently in New York for a series of inspiring Climate Week events, as well as The B Team’s Annual General Meeting.
This year’s meeting had a particular focus on intergenerational leadership. We discussed how The B Team will commit to both fostering and deploying intergenerational alliances to help us deliver on our agenda of shared prosperity for all, on a healthy and thriving planet.
I co-founded The B Team in 2013 with Jochen Zeitz and since then this global collective of business and civil society leaders has inspired and challenged us, as we work together to create a better way of doing business that serves humanity and the planet.
With the myriad of global challenges facing humanity in 2022, The B Team recognise that multigenerational challenges require intergenerational solutions. Our meeting this year comprised not only of B Team Leaders, but also next-gen leaders from The NewNow, Ingka Young Leaders Forum, and other partners.
I was particularly delighted to see two of my dear friends, and ever-inspiring leaders from The NewNow, Roya Mahboob and Abdalaziz Alhamza. The NewNow is a non-profit organisation, incubated by Virgin Unite and made up of passionate rising leaders, all with a joint mission to use their voices and activism to tackle the world’s toughest challenges. Both Roya and Aziz have committed their lives to fighting for human rights in their home countries of Afghanistan and Syria. Both are working tirelessly to ensure that their generation, and generations to come, can live safely, freely, and prosperously.
Whether it’s a meeting of business leaders in New York, or a visit to businesses out in the field, it is vital that the voices of leaders across generations are brought into the conversation. The challenges we all face are too big to face alone. From a just transition to clean energy, to global plans for nature, the work this planet desperately needs doing requires action and long-term commitment from all of us: young, old, and everywhere in between.
As always when I’m with Halla Tomasdottir, CEO of The B Team, I walked away feeling inspired and energised about the work that needs to be done. Halla reflected on the fact that as a B Team, we are on the cusp of our 10 year anniversary. A decade ago this collective of business and civil society leaders was an unlikely collaboration, but today we are family and well versed in working together.
Yet we must continue to collaborate with new friends and invest in the next generation of leaders so that together we can change course for good. As Halla said: “All of us on this earth right now need to make space to hear from, and work with, those who will inherit this planet - to ensure their perspective and voice is embedded in all that we do.”