The traffic’s back. We are officially moving on and moving back – to work and to school. Although for how much longer, we don’t know.
September traditionally puts a spring in the step; the turn of autumn leaves and start of new things after summer’s hiatus. Much more than dingy January, it’s about starting anew, new learning and moving forward.
And so in this issue we look at making things better. We consider ethics and what it really means for businesses; we talk to Liverpool’s three universities about the way they’ve become woven into the city and how that learning is shared beyond their student bases. We also look at a better idea for an industrial plan – one that doesn’t preclude 50% of the population. And we talk to businesses about accelerators, collaboration and diversity and how they’re improving – or not – the business landscape.
Next month will see Act I of the festival in Liverpool, where we’ll be tackling ideas including profit and purpose, globalisation, levelling up, woke washing and gender equality. We’ll talk about never wasting a crisis – and think about moving on and making things better.
We’ll also be hosting a global conversation with our correspondents, discussing the festival’s themes and how they relate to the wider world. Our partners in cities across the world will be sharing their perspectives on our Main Stage content, broadening the conversation and deepening the collaboration.
Make sure you’re signed up to the festival mailing list to hear more about what’s going on, and be the first to know when registration links go live.