These leaders are changing our world for the better. Find out how they get the job done.
There are a handful of business leaders and industry figures in Britain who are changing the world.
Famous for teaching anyone how to code, Decoded today hosts classes on everything from artificial intelligence to blockchain, cyber security and machine learning.
CEO Kathryn Parsons not only runs the business, but is an non-executive on the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Chairwoman of the UK Institute of Coding, member of the London Mayor’s Business Advisory Board, The Government’s Business Council and UK Government Cyber Security Skills Advisory Board.
She successfully campaigned for code as a mandatory on the UK national curriculum in 2014 and is a champion for future skills and diversity in technology.
A busy woman, with big ideas, The Memo asked her how she gets it all done…
I usually set the alarm for 7am.
I divide my week between Shoreditch (Decoded) and Westminster (government), but I live very centrally so can get anywhere in 30 minutes.
Decoded taught in over 85 different cities last year, so I might find myself waking up in Seoul, Sydney, Berlin, New York, Miami etc.
My body has no idea what time zone it is in.
I am currently reading a book called Miracle Morning which recommends waking up at 5am to read, exercise, journal, set goals and meditate.
Even if you can’t wake up that early I think the principles are very positive – in particular having a mindful morning and not diving into your emails too quickly.
iPhones 6s, 64GB. I need a new phone… something indestructible.
The team communicate on Slack and there are various collaborative groups with some of our clients too.
But you can also choose three achievable, measurable goals for the day which will have real impact on getting you a step towards where you want to be – you don’t need an app to remember that.
Anywhere between 10…to 1000!
At the smaller end I will be spending time with the team developing new education products or working on our growth plans.
For example, we are developing a suite of data education experiences and looking at how we can can deliver this for tens of thousands of people at one time in different locations globally.
I absolutely love spending time with the team. They are the real superstar unicorns. A rare breed of world class technologists and educators who inspire me daily.
On the larger end I will be speaking at a conference, for example, in Seoul recently I was speaking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and why I believe that technology education is the answer.
On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor. It is, as the title suggests, about trails and how animals and humans create them.
I love climbing. And I love business. We are obsessed by ‘trailblazers’ in society. It’s fascinating to learn exactly how trails are created.
There is never really a single trailblazer, it’s a cumulative effort, which requires time, trust and a team.
We are living in the most extraordinary period of time, a technological revolution like no other.
No one knows what exactly the future holds but to have a meaningful impact upon it you need to be a part of it.
Learn code, banish fear, empower yourself with the languages, tools and skills of the digital age and be part of making history.
Always look for the blue oceans and dive in fearlessly.