Rachel Botsman, winner of the 2015 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award answers some quick fire questions about the vision for her work and her small magic moments of success.


What book are you currently reading?

H is for Hawk.

Do you describe yourself as a thinker?

It’s funny, describing yourself as a ‘thinker’ or a ‘thought leader’ seems to make many people uncomfortable. They ask “what else do you do?” or “what organization do you belong to?”. It’s not a box that people seem to accept. And yet the world needs people who have the privilege of being given the time and space to think. So yes, I do use that term.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

I’m inspired by people who make complex things simple.

What does success look like?

Creating thinking that has real impact in the world across countries, classes and fields.

When did you last say ‘Eureka!’!?

I don’t think I have ever said that word in my life! There are of course magic moments when many dots you have been trying to join together suddenly do so to form a ‘simple’ insight. They give me a Eureka feeling but I never vocalise it!


Read full interview on the Thinkers50 blog