Tēnā koutou katoa,
1989 was a year of many significant worldwide events – the Berlin Wall came down and the first episode of the Simpsons aired. Closer to home, 1989 marked the beginning of Sunday trading, and the Institute of Directors was established as a stand-alone entity independent of the IoD UK.
It was in 1989 that Sir Tim Berners-Lee “invented” the World Wide Web. Sir Tim has said: “I hope we will use the net to cross barriers and connect cultures.” Mark Zuckerberg was five years old in 1989.
So how far have we come in 30 years?
A review of the 1989 BoardRoom magazine provides, in many ways, a comforting snapshot of how something’s are enduring.
It speaks to the need to ensure good development programmes are in place to raise governance standards across the community, ensuring directors meet their fiduciary duties, the Institute needing good commercial disciplines to ensure membership subscriptions are reasonable, and it promotes the upcoming conference.
Many of the IoD’s priorities of 1989 remain the organisation’s priorities 30 years later. Perhaps that is as it should be. Our purpose is clear and enduring.
But for all the things that have stayed the same, and for all the ways the IoD has gone from strength to strength, we know that much has changed in our New Zealand communities. Or possibly not changed enough.
1989 was also the year that the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee said the Tibetan Buddhist leader, was being recognised because he ''consistently has opposed the use of violence'' and has instead has ''advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect.''
A message that is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.
Kia kaha, kia kotahi ra. Our strength is our unity.
As-salaam alaikum. Peace be unto you.
2019 April/ May BoardRoom