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Are you a GameChanger?

7 January, 2014

Hope is the feeling that life and work have a meaning… It is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that it makes sense, regardless of how it turns out (Vaclav Havel) Our profession needs such hope. A hope that it can find meaning in taking responsibility for its own […]

In search of game-changers

25 November, 2013

Henry Irving, Head of the Audit and Assurance Faculty of ICAEW, calls the game-changers of the profession The American social anthropologist Margaret Mead famously said “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” In these times when economic […]

Do we trust our trusted intermediaries?

18 October, 2013

As we enter a citizen-powered age, we are increasingly debating the role of our trusted intermediaries – the professions – in a society where there are a growing number of more empowered investors, stakeholders and citizens About 50 years ago, the great Harvard sociologist Talcott Parsons wrote that the professions have “become the most important […]

Accounting academy: a bridge or just a gateway?

2 August, 2013

What is the role of education? Is it to inspire generations to learn and open their minds to unlimited opportunities? Is to help people become better members of our society? Or is it just a means for people to make more money in their careers? A simple Internet search should reveal about two million attempts […]

Naivety has left the classroom

30 July, 2013

I can still clearly remember that one class at my alma mater, University of Chicago. The one class that profoundly challenged me and inspired me to look for more than just a degree from my studies. It was an introductory class in the public policy stream but, as often happens, the teacher made all the […]

Accountants as anarchists

10 July, 2013

Alternative finance activist Brett Scott sets out his view, challenging the accountants’ role. His blog was originally posted in the online edition of the Economia magazine. Brett is a campaigner, former derivatives broker and writer who works in alternative finance. His new book –The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money – is […]

Reinventing the profession: Workshop with AAA

1 July, 2013

  The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. One hundred and fifty […]

The professions: do we need them?

10 June, 2013

Richard Spencer challenges the professions to demonstrate they are worthy to continue to exist. What is a profession? Is it just a collective noun for a group of people who have degrees, earn a lot of money and run a private members club; or does it capture a meaning that is more than the sum […]

AuditFutures University – Manchester

29 April, 2013

Every year thousands of students consider career in audit.  We are interested in what these students think auditing should be like in the future. What role should their profession play in business and society? What institutions should have the responsibility for providing audit services and what should they look and behave like? Do we have […]

Where is our golden fleece?

7 December, 2012

Today, we are hosting our second AuditFutures assembly. Over 100 participants from diverse backgrounds will come together for an open and honest debate about the future of audit and about rebuilding public trust in institutions. There is a vacuum in public trust, created by failing institutions. We often rush to be fill this space with […]