About the Shortlists
Every two years we announce the shortlists for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards. The shortlists identify eight thinkers in each of our award categories who have made an exceptional contribution over the last two years.
Every time we go through this process we are amazed at the sheer range of brilliant ideas, thinking and best practice which is out in the world. It is simply a matter of uncovering the individuals and organizations and celebrating their brilliance!
And we think there are brilliant thinkers aplenty in our 2021 shortlists. As always, they are a truly global mix.
Our belief at Thinkers50 has always been that ideas can – and must be – a force for good in the world. Fresh thinking drives the world forward and allows us to tackle some of the huge problems we now face. Early in the development of Thinkers50 we were inspired by the late CK Prahalad. CK’s book The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid brought his considerable intellect to bear on an apparently intractable problem. It changed perceptions and created opportunities for some of the poorest people on earth.
We believe that CK’s inspiration connects with many of the shortlisted thinkers of 2021. They are activists who want to make the world a better place whether that is through better understanding of technology, improving the quality of leadership in organizations, or broadening understanding of exciting concepts such as cooperative advantage. They are the thinkers the future demands.
We hope you take this as an invitation to learn more about the people we are celebrating in the 2021 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards.
Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove,