a sincere "thank you"
A great number of people have contributed to The Long Term Starts Tomorrow, in many different ways. I cannot possibly record them all here, though this is no reflection on the importance of their ideas, support, criticism (in the most positive sense), inspiration and pure good will.
My amazing wife, business partner and mentor Cassandra (Kelly or Lake, take your pick) gave me the gift of courage and confidence to write this book - and indeed to develop and grow in ways that I had never imagined were possible. She also booked the requisite mountain lodge and sent me away to finish writing - I am not sure who was more delighted! My three children have provided endless inspiration through their energy, love and fresh, uninhibited thinking.
My dear friends - you all know who you are - who have been so supportive during the the challenges of recent years as Cassandra and I have sought to make the most of our intertwined family and business lives and philanthropic endeavours.
My old English teachers from junior school and high school in the UK, Tom Simpson and Peter Brodie, left me with a love of words and communication, even though I followed an academic path into science and a career in finance and strategy. My colleagues at Pottinger have provided endless ideas, original thinking and vigorous debate, on an extra-ordinarly wide range of subjects, and have been incredibly patient as I have refined my ideas and asked for help digging out the occasional fact. My coach and shaman Prema Sheerin helped to join my ever active mind with my heart, giving me a new found power to connect ideas with people and an enormously greater awareness of the now. And the inspirational Australian educationalist Chris Sarra connected me somehow with the raw energy of Australia.
My firm's clients - the individuals and organisations and Governments around the world that have been prepared to think differently about the challenges that they face, and who have supported the Pottinger business through their repeat business and advocacy of proposition that our firm offers. Each time one of them has embraced the perspective that our team has offered, and been successful as a result, has been a critical source of encouragement that taking a different perspective on short term decisions really does work much better over the long run.
Professor Jorgen Randers, Julian King PhD, Paul Gilding and a number of others who attended the Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Programme in Sydney, Australia in November 2011 were there as the kernel of this book was born, and came within two thirds of a bottle of red wine of finding the solution to some of the most challenging problems facing the world today.
There are many, many more and I will add their names here.