Andrew Thornton on “Should” vs. “Purpose”

Last weekend, after a beautiful breakfast to celebrate by partner’s birthday, we headed to the Tate Modern to see a Bauhaus Exhibition. Passing through the underpass by Pimlico tube, I was struck by the number of homeless people sleeping rough. I don’t think I am imagining that there are way more people sleeping rough in […]

Andrew Thornton on the BCorp response to the Climate Emergency

[Written on Thur Oct 10th 2019, the day of the BInspiredLondon event] Today has been a very special day. Extinction Rebellion protesters have been risking arrest by standing up for the planet all around London. At the same time, today, business leaders who run BCorps have declared a climate emergency and we have agreed we […]

Andrew Thornton on the Climate Crisis

The Climate Crisis needs your attention NOW! It is clear that serious action is needed on climate change and that it is needed now. And while Government action is critical, as business leaders I don’t think we can wait any longer for them to take the sort of drastic action that is required. After all, […]

Andrew Thornton on why Human Potential Matters

I was asked this morning why Human Potential matters and how this all links to purpose, both as an organisation and as an individual. As humans, we thrive when we have a purpose, a reason to get out of bed – Ikigai is what the Japanese call it. And, the same applies for organisations. All […]

Andrew Thornton on the Human Potential Forum

As many of you know, I am totally committed to the experiment of building a sustainable business in a heartful way. Over the years I have realised that this means tapping into the full human potential of our employees and creating the conditions for them to express more of their creativity in the work environment. […]

Andrew Thornton on ‘Eat the Elephant, one bite at a time…’

As some of you know, we ran our first Human Potential Forum in London last month. We had 20 business leaders drawn from 8 different organisations who feel the call to take a more ‘heartful’ approach to their organisations.  Most were businesses and one was an Arts’ College – this works just as well in […]

Andrew Thornton on ‘Armed Robbery and Heart!’

As regular readers here will know, I own a supermarket in North London, Thornton’s Budgens, which we use as our laboratory for our Heart in Business work. Last Thursday, we had an attempted armed robbery. I was on the shop floor, opposite our Post Office on the phone when I hear screams and saw a […]

Andrew Thornton on Returning to Playground Human Potential

Happy New Year to you all. I hope that 2018 brings you all that you wish for. You may be wondering what playgrounds have to do with Human Potential – have I lost it? Or maybe Thornton’s Budgens has opened a playground in the store??? To find out, I’d love if you could take 3 […]