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Necker Leadership Gathering – Day 3

Day 3 on Necker Island: Story Telling and Adventure

Today we made an early start to the day by making our way over to neighbouring Mosquito Island (which Richard Branson also owns). We had to choose our method of transport; kite-surf, sail, kayak, paddle board or swim. I took the Hobie Cat option.  Richard Branson, led the charge by kite-surfing the four kilometre stretch, and greeted us at the other end for breakfast and the start of Day Three.

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There, we heard from Sam Branson and Johnny Webb of Sundog Pictures who showed us their highly innovative and effective use of documentaries that speak and “cut through” to all types. Sam Branson is Richard’s son but also the founder and chairman of Sundog Pictures. He is a social entrepreneur, adventurer and philanthropist – and is passionate about the medium of film and the positive impact it can have on the planet. Johnny Webb is the Co-Founder & MD and has 16 years of broadcast experience, including Director of Programmes and MD of Virgin Media TV.

Next up we had Emmanuel Jal from South Sudan who gave us a spell-binding account of being forced into becoming a child soldier and the chilling experiences of his countryman. Now an activist for a resolution to the continuing problems of South Sudan he immediately got commitment from Richard Branson and The Elders to get involved. As an accomplished musician he had the room on its feet singing and dancing for peace.

Very moving stuff!

After a beach BBQ with Lorna Smith, wife of The Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands, we were then power boated back to Necker where Liz (my wife) and myself were interviewed by Virgin Unite in “The Temple” to describe our business , talk about  Talent Rise and provide feedback on our thoughts over the last few days.

Three incredible days that will change the way I think and do business.

Looking forward to my final post tomorrow.

Cheers,

Richard