What is the role of empathy in Business? You decide in this Oxford-Style Debate

Does having empathy make you successful? Or is it a hindrance, smothering logic with emotions? This debate will expose how empathy affects our workplaces, our policy-makers, and which charities we choose to support.

In this Oxford-style debate, the audience will decide whether the statement ‘empathy is an impediment to success’ is true or false. Bring your pre-conceived ideas and cast your vote before we begin, but don’t be surprised if your opinion has changed by the time our four speakers have shared their insights.

This event is presented in partnership with Humanities 21

 


Gus Balbontin: on Disruption

September 25th 2017, under

It is rare for a company to possess an emotional pull powerful enough to invoke a sense of longing. It is even rarer for a company to instill feelings of freedom, adventure and exploration. Ever since its inception in the 1970s Lonely Planet has provided the blueprint, the lodestar and more importantly the inspiration for generations of travelers: From scruffy backpackers to the not-so-scruffy-I-can-afford-a-room traveller. But even a beloved company and brand such as Lonely Planet is not immune to the forces of disruption.