After a very busy day in the office just catching up on emails and I was immediately struck by the title of the article by JP Morgan below.
Seems like they might have been a fly on the wall in our office recently whilst we have been working on the motion for a debate we are hosting at the Oxford Union in a couple of months : looking good v doing good.
Although, perhaps what's even more interesting is the amount we (in the UK) spend on the beauty industry each year is almost equivalent to the $32 billion personal fortune that Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed has pledged to charity. A decision that has been praised in the news today by Bill Gates who called it an "inspiration to all of us working in philanthropy around the world".
So I am now wondering does that make the Prince not only one of the world's richest but also one of the world's most attractive philanthropists?
Without exception, the most engaged philanthropists are interesting conversationalists; they see unlikely connections between issue areas, they read widely, they become friends with surprising and interesting people. They are the kind of people you want to spend hours listening to. They are fun, they smile a lot, and they achieve important things. They see the potential and the dignity of individuals, rather than being overwhelmed and scared by the “issues” those individuals represent. They are open to ideas and partnerships and are happy to talk about their mistakes as well as their successes and they see the interconnectedness of the difficult problems that they and others are working on.