Thursday, February 5, 2015

Industrial Revolution

Arnold Toynbee
I'm in London for our annual Global Leadership Arts Meeting - or GLAM for short. We're in Toynbee Hall in the East End again (we were here in 2011) which is a whole lot nicer than a big boring hotel. Good to catch up with friends & colleagues, both in the formal proceedings and in the margins - and to meet our new CEO, Ciaran Devain, for the first time. 
But who was Toynbee?  He was a Victorian-era economist and historian who coined, or at least popularised, the term "Industrial Revolution". He also fought to improve the conditions of the working classes, sadly dying of overwork aged just 30. His great great niece Polly Toynbee is a journalist at The Guardian.

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