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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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9.WHY NOT?

I hear you say “Why?” Always “Why?” You see things; and you say “Why?”But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

Playwright George Bernard Shaw

Gordon D’Silva OBE founded the Hoxton Apprentice in 2003, a restaurant that trained hundreds of unemployed apprentices as chefs, waiters and bar staff. It was to be the model for UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. Gordon also launched “Training for Life,” a social enterprise that raised several million pounds through social investments, fundraising and events. Its projects have returned over 17,000 people to work and full-time education.

Early in his career, while he was working for Dr Barnardo’s children’s charity, Gordon had to put a very vulnerable young ...

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