short news from ebbf members
Together with its own range of publications, ebbf offers you the possibility to have your own (ebbf-relevant) book to be featured on ebbf’s recommended publications page.
Send us your amazon link and any supporting article to introduce it.
Equality for women = Prosperity for all
A very timely book that hashtag#ebbfmember Augusto Lopez-Claros co-wrote with Bahiyyih Nakhjavani recently featured on Stanford Social Innovation Review :
PURCHASE IT ON EBBF’s STORE HERE
You can also read on Stanford’s Social Innovation Review, the article mentioning this book:
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN !
If you are interested in attending this 29th ebbf annual international learning event, and addressing this year’s theme “rethinking materialism” with a global, diverse group of participants, then you have just until the 16th of October to purchase a special pre-early bird rate.
We are also very interested to create the kind of program that would help you most to bring those conversations and actions into your office:
What are the topics and dynamics that you would find most useful at this event?
You can read the letter that ebbf’s chair Wendi Momen has just sent out on behalf of the ebbf board to explain the reasoning behind ebbf board’s decision to hold a smaller more experimental retreat instead of the usual autumn ebbf international event that many have come to expect.
Bottom line? It is to help ebbf continue to experiment and pioneer better ways of accompanying you, ethical people building the future.
What stood out for you whilst doing the #discoveringhow ebbf podcast? Bahai Blog interviews Jean Parker, the creator of the series
#ebbfmember Jean Parker, editor and creator of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast was interviewed by Baha’i Blog answering questions like:
Baha’i Blog: Is there anything that you’ve found really interesting, or that has stood out to you so far while working on these podcasts?
“The commitment of many people to act on their values yet still achieve success, even if it takes a long time. Also, the risks people are willing to take in order to try something new, and to leave the world a better place than it was when they found it.”
Baha’i Blog: What do you hope listeners will take away with them?
“Hope. The negative elements of the world are unnaturally amplified in all aspects of social interaction. At some point we have to turn our attention to creating solutions. In the current configuration, business holds many of the resources to make that happen. So I want listeners to know that there are people, some of them highly placed, who are innovating everything from how people collaborate, finding nobility in business and how corporations can be structured with fairness to all stakeholders. Naturally, the spiritual aspects of work and business are prominent in the interviews, and I always learn so much about how to integrate spiritual belief into our professional lives. When I reflect on our episodes, it’s like the first glimpse of Baha’u’llah’s vision of human prosperity.”
When the title of a local ebbf breakfast event is “How can we make a social impact? Creating collective prosperity” you can be certain of meaningful insights leading to action.
You can read here how one participant lived the experience, inspired by the opening keynote by #ebbfmember Oscar Mendez Rosa
Want to create your local ebbf breakfast event?
Few ideas from past ebbf events here: http://ebbf.org/event/
#ebbfmember Eleonora Ferrero, describes the role of ebbf in her development and career.
You can JOIN Eleonora and other members of this ethical global community building the future here: http://ebbf.org/contribute/join
ebbf’s chair Wendi Momen has just shared this latest “letter from the ebbf board” describing what makes work awful or an awesome experience depending on the purpose and reasons in which you focus your working life.
“Why do some people hate going to work and others love it? Why does the work day drag on and depressingly on for some people while for others work lifts them up, gives them purpose and brings them joy? Why is some work awful and other work awesome?
ebbf has always promoted a set of ideas that makes work awesome — a new work ethic:
* Everyone has both a right and an obligation to learn a useful skill and to use it for the benefit of all
* Meaningful work in an occupation, craft or trade not only provides material means but also performs a service for society
* Work has a spiritual as well as a material significance
* Work undertaken in the spirit of service to others is worship
Looked at in this light, work can be pretty awesome!
But how do we achieve this in our workplace? How can we make work meaningful? What do we need to do to create an awesome work environment? ebbf is trying to discover the answers to these questions.”
Why do you come back to ebbf's community and events? #ebbfmember Gijs van der Fliert gives his reasons
Why do you keep coming back to ebbf?
W.Gijs Van De Fliert former senior risk officer at the World Bank and long time ebbf member shares why he keeps coming back year after year and interacting with the global ebbf learning community:
You can now JOIN the global ebbf community of ethical people building the future :
ebbf member Augusto Lopez-Claros recently posted this article, so timely and interesting that we decided to post an extract from it:
“We live in an age in which truth and falsehood sometimes appear indistinguishable and can be disseminated with the speed of light. They can also be amplified a million-fold in the global echo chamber created by the Internet and the use of social media. This is at once a blessing and a curse: a blessing when the information flow carries with it knowledge with the capacity to improve people’s lives, uplift human spirits, convey truth and beauty; a curse when it is used to spread falsehoods, to fan hate and division, or to engage in personal vendettas.
Depending on which of these tendencies prevails, we will either live in a world of facts where governments, the business community, and civil society might interact with each other on the basis of an agreed body of knowledge and truth. Or we will slide into a world of fiction, an alternative reality of make-believe, where information technologies are misused for nefarious ends, whether to boost the repressive inclinations of the state in many corners of the world or simply and more prosaically to spread lies about a colleague, a neighbor, an estranged spouse.
Indeed, the stakes go beyond the purely personal. It matters for the future of democracy which we choose. For the basis of democracy is surely legitimacy which, in turn, is built on a foundation of transparency, accountability, and the rule of law, all of which rest on the bedrock respect for facts and truth. These are realities we must face if we do not wish to be swept up in a fog of falsehoods and find ourselves living in a world where the search for justice and the pursuit of truth are regarded, to paraphrase Jonathan Schell, as mirages that appeal to the well-meaning, delusions of those who have refused to face the “harsh realities” of contemporary life. And, of course, it matters for human prosperity as well, the fight against poverty and many of the noble aspirations which motivate the vast majority of my colleagues at the World Bank and that fundamentally have to do with “equipping people and institutions with the means through which they can achieve the real purpose of development: that is, laying foundations for a new social order that can cultivate the limitless potentialities latent in human consciousness.”
You van read the full article and more from Augusto on his “the ends and the means to development” blog here at this link