To be effective in business, entrepreneurial minds require an unceasing sense of hope that they can breathe life into their ideas. Ideas that once made material, can solve problems, create opportunities and bring people together. At Mantra, we’re gifted with the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs, charity CEOs, community activists, inspired members of local government and business leaders with new seeds to plant, needing nurture, and investing them with their hopes for the future they imagine building. Read More
Let's start with happy beginnings. This month, we've welcomed the opportunity to deliver talks to small businesses, heritage brands in Kyoto, women in business groups and forward-thinking public sector collectives who are keen to break barriers and build in new markets. We've been featured in Forbes, commissioned to deliver yet more talks to designers and artists in Kyoto and Paris, begun working with a local authority supporting Yorkshire families, and we've relaunched our sister brand; Atelier Japan. Read More
What can businesses today learn from an old market town in North Derbyshire in 1861?
This month our focus theme is sustainability, that popular buzzword that business owners proudly brandish on their values documentation and campaigners strive for as many governments still seem confused about what the term actually means. Read More
Next Step - Innovate!
“You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” – Albert Einstein
As we recover, recharge and heal from a turbulent time, many nations have already begun the race to be the fastest recovering economy. We feel it's time to pull up our socks, roll up our sleeves and focus on what's important. Read More
Navigating Turbulent Times
More often than not, the more we give, the more that is reciprocated. This month we decided it was time to give a lot of value without an ask and to support businesses with good foundational SEO practices, and the response has been far greater than expected. From Geneva to Sydney, London to Berlin, our free SEO tool has already proven to be a success with businesses, charities, and social enterprises across the globe. Read More
There's enough gloom being shared in the world so if you don't mind, I'm going to change direction and look at a few things through a lens of optimism. Read More
Only time will tell, although it already feels like it and as lockdown is beginning to lift, it's helping us get a bit more of that very much needed Vitamin D. As New Zealand, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Japan appear to be showing us the way forward through best practice in this challenge... Read More
concentrating on the long term and understanding that the creative spirit of commerce and art will always find a way. We’re all riding what appears to be the middle of the storm and if you’re paying attention to Switzerland and Lithuania today, the end definitely seems in sight... Read More
Where we are now, this will pass. The constant we all face is change. Sometimes it's a change we enjoy, a new apartment, puppy or a particularly good portioned surprise slice of cake, (You can tell what's on my mind) or the change that feels more like a challenge, an obstacle that we have to overcome, a happening that forces us to grow... Read More
Travelling from Russell Square to Somerset House in the unseasonal/seasonal snow after a quick ほうじ茶 ‘Hōjicha’ with Dr Miyazaki, a PHD graduate who recently built an impressive research and analytical system for brand and product communications analysis and positioning, I’m struck with... Read More
Our office turned into a building and our team into departments. We followed our hearts, led from the front and believed in doing the right thing no matter the cost, our ethics always leading our actions and directing our approach. It's all about the long game. Read More