Finding inspiration in unlikely places

6 April 2009
I’m sure there wasn’t much time for the world leaders who attended last week’s G20 summit in London to do a lot of reading. But even so, the Daily Telegraph has helpfully provided them with a list of books to help them with their decision making. Perhaps you might expect it to include books such as Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, Nassim Nicholas Taeb’s The Black Swan or even Economics for Dummies on the list. But instead the newspaper is suggesting some rather different sources of information. How about Moll Flanders for example, described as a “near perfect example of early capitalism”. If that doesn’t take your fancy, why not try The Grapes of Wrath or Little Dorrit which deal with the problems of economic depression and reckless lending respectively. Plus, these are all available as film or TV adaptations for those politicians with a shorter attention span. The world’s leaders need as much inspiration as they can get to solve the current economic crisis, so looking in unlikely places might be the key to discovering some unlikely solutions. Have you ever found inspiration and innovation in an unlikely place?
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