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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446457276
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240
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The New Alchemists


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'Charles Handy brings originality and lightness to everything he touches' Management Today

The world needs new ideas, now products, new kinds of associations and institutions, new initiatives, new art and new designs. But these new things seldom come from established organisations. They come from individuals - the New Alchemists. What drives people to create something from nothing? Is it ambition, the need for self-fulfilment? Is it to do with money, power, or even genes? Is there a mood of the time that encourages people? Can anyone do it? Charles Handy has talked to a range of extraordinary characters - from Trevor Baylis and Richard Branson to Jane Tewson and Terence Conran. And Elizabeth Handy has used her new style of composite portraits to highlight aspects of all the different alchemists in their particular environments. The New Alchemists is a fascinating and inspirational investigation into the creative and entrepreneurial process.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446457276
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Authors

Elizabeth Handy

Elizabeth Handy is a successful portrait photographer. She and her husband Charles live in London and Norfolk.

Charles Handy

Charles Handy is an independent writer, broadcaster and teacher. He has been an oil executive, an economist, a professor at the London Business School, the Warden of St. George's House in Windsor Castle and the chairman of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. He was born in Co. Kildare in Ireland, the son of an archdeacon, and educated in Ireland, England (Oxford University) and the USA (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His many books include The Empty Raincoat, Understanding Organizations, Gods of Management, The Future of Work and Waiting for the Mountain to Move. He and his wife Elizabeth live in London and Norfolk.


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