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Charles Handy

Social Philosopher

photo by Elizabeth Handy


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 is ”The Second Curve“, published in 2015.

Charles is married to Elizabeth Handy, a photographer, with whom he has collaborated on a number of books including ”The New Alchemists“ and ”A Journey through Tea“.

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.

"The Second Curve"

Thoughts On Reinventing Society