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Today was a today for celebration. The bride was beautiful and everyone had fun.  What struck me most was a message in the Archbishop of London’s sermon, which applies as much to business in a knowledge economy as to newly married couples.

We stand looking forward to a century which is full of promise and full of peril. Human beings are confronting the question of how to use wisely a power that has been given to us through the discoveries of the last century.  We shall not be converted to the promise of the future by more knowledge, but rather by an increase of loving wisdom and reverence, for life, for the earth and for one another.”

 Our ever increasing knowledge endows organisations with a power to make a difference to everyone’s lives. How it is applied is what distinguishes between results that benefit wider society or actions that satisfy only selfish local interests.  Markets and competition encourage survival of the fittest, but this is often achieved based on a drive to maximise short term profits or large personal incentives and bonuses.  Unfortunately, these singular objectives mean that advanced knowledge is more likely to be used in the service of ends that are not in the best interests of a broad spectrum of society.  The Archbishop makes a good point. In business, we will not realise the promise of the future simply by generating even more knowledge;  it will only happen when that knowledge is used with a wisdom that cares about the impact of outcomes on others and our wider environment.

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