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Charles Handy
UK

Social Philosopher

foto by Elizabeth Handy

Biography

Charles Handy is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer.  He regularly features among the top names in Thinkers Fifty, the list of international management thinkers. His books on the changing shape of work and its effects on our lives and organizations have sold almost two million copies around the world. His most recent book was Myself and Other Important Matters, a memoir. Currently, he is working with his wife, Elizabeth, developing the Still Life process which seeks to draw out the values and priorities that guide individuals and organizations. With her, he wrote The New Alchemists, a study of entrepreneurial leaders and The New Philanthropists, a study of innovative philanthropists.

He has, in his career, been an oil executive with Shell, a business economist, a professor at the London Business School, the Warden of St. George’s House in Windsor Castle (a study centre for social and ethical issues) and the Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts in London. He was appointed a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to the Human Resource profession. He is also known in Britain for his Thoughts for Today on the BBC radio breakfast show ‘Today’. He is Irish and grew up in Kildare, but now lives in London.