How old would you say this boy is? Probably 11? Maybe 12?

I stopped at a stop light and he was selling fruit to the car ahead of me. A typical scene in Brazil. A child helping their family make a living.

With school being halted due to the pandemic, this situation has increased.

Virtual learning is tough when you have one mobile phone per household to learn from.

Plus, when more people start making quick money for the family, it’s hard to go back.

When I asked one of our partners about the children’s rights movement as a result of the pandemic, I was told it’s gone back 30 years. 30 YEARS!!

A generation of children. Who, around the world, primarily in developing countries, will probably not be going back to school. Ever. As a result of this pandemic.

Getting involved with TIE, professionals not only become more conscious of the world we live in.

But as a result of being more aware of how the world works, they become agents of change, able and willing to challenge the status quo.

Either directly by impacting social projects through their leadership on TIE programmes.

But also, afterwards, by becoming changemakers, helping their companies or industries move into the future which, as Mark Carney, economist and banker who served as the Governor of the Bank of Canada and the Governor of the Bank of England, explains, focuses on values, rather than value.

TIE develops leaders with soul, helps them develop the competencies where they can truly thrive in today’s world and helps the corporate world be more human.

As Mark Carney says, “Value will change in the post-covid world. On one level, that’s obvious: valuations in global financial markets have imploded, with many suffering their sharpest declines in decades. More fundamentally, the traditional drivers of value have been shaken, new ones will gain prominence, and there’s a possibility that the gulf between what markets value and what people value will close”.

We need to shape a better and different world. And we need enlightened leaders to help us get there.

Our goal is to help provide direction for the next generation of business leaders who know there is another way but are not exactly sure where to begin.

It’s about helping to open the doors to move into the future.

As Lauren Smith, who went on TIE in 2016, told me the other week, “TIE for me was more of a mindset shift than anything else. It was the catalyst that pushed me to think differently and change the way I tackle problems. My TIE experience didn’t change the world. But it fundamentally changed how I interact with the world”.

As we look ahead in 2021, and reflect on our shared experiences, have a think about how you can do your part to make the corporate world just that much more human.

And if you’re keen to develop the skills to be the leader the world truly needs now, why don’t you consider getting involved with TIE Accelerator (while availability lasts).

We have almost filled our next TIE Accelerator programme to take place in February. But I’m excited to say that we will be running two projects, and there is still availability on each team. But I’m thrilled to say, availability is running out quickly.

Don’t delay, and find out more at our info session on Thursdays. apply.tieaccelerator.com/

After that, the next opportunity to get involved with TIE Accelerator will only be in July, so don’t miss out.

Or, if this resonates, why not look at getting your employees involved with TIE. Just get in touch, and I can explain how our corporate programmes work.

Thank you for being a part of TIE’s story, for supporting our mission, for getting involved, reading the newsletters, listening to the podcasts, and being there with us as we drive things into 2021.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am. And we can’t wait to continue this journey with you.