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#ebbfdiversity - event presenter Jeff Lynn on the colours and value of diversity

Jeff Lynn will be offering the “Transformational Leadership as a tool for exploiting diversity” learnshop during ebbf’s annual conference and offers these initial thoughts on the theme of the event.
“I’m no artist but I’m guessing that a palette of just one colour would constrain one’s ability to produce great art. Even Malevich changed the colours that he used for his monochromes.

Now, by the very fact that you found this article, you probably see human diversity as a good thing in itself – mainly because you see a lack of diversity requiring exclusion – and that just isn’t just.

However, we are diverse in our experiences and thinking and we currently live in a world where profit and results are the main drivers for most organisations. Diversity will be seen as desirable by some or by others as an imposition. Either way it is usually seen as an add-on. I learnt very early on in my Business …

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Kami Lamakan's reaction to letter from the ebbf board on the special spaces for dialogue we can create

After reading the letter of ebbf’s board on the kinds of spaces for open dialogue that we can create to navigate and influence these complex times, Kami Lamakan then joined the board’s invitation to an open conversation with all members. He sent this reflection on the letter and the ensuing dialogue from an unusual … space.

“The letter from the board was very thought provoking and it was wonderful to then gather people in the online conversation that the board offered. During that call I was in the middle of rural England, inside the thick walls of a converted farmhouse where my friend George lives.

The walls of the room are filled with books, family mementos and photos from his days at Eton and Oxford. The knowledge he has acquired and the experiences that dominated his nearly sixty years of life were my companion as I took part in our ebbf call hearing the wisdom of the Italian guy in Spain, the american living in the Ukraine, the Persian in Switzerland, the brit in rural Portugal, the Dutch living in Washington etc. I don’t imagine that the men that originally built that barn imagined the space would have to accommodate Zoom conference calls. I am not sure when George was …

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Letter from the ebbf board: how can we act and what can we offer in these complex times?

The ebbf board recently met in Geneva, in one of its three annual physical consultations.
One of the questions on the table was how could ebbf with its global community find ways to address the complex times we are living. Turbulent transition moments that require new kinds of open dialogue, understanding and action.

We share with you some of the ideas that arose from that consultation.

CLICK TO VIEW THE LETTER FROM THE BOARD

You are additionally invited to a conversation with ebbf’s board on how we can act and what opportunities for dialogue we can create in our workplaces and economic systems, to contribute towards a prosperous, just and sustainable civilization – taking place this 7th of February

INFO ON HOW TO JOIN ONLINE CONVERSATION

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#ebbfdiversity - Iko Congo on harnessing diversity, by moving from control to dialogue to wholeness

ebbf member Iko Congo shares views on diversity, encouraging new thinking in the run up to ebbf’s annual conference (taking place in May in Geneva) that will explore how can we and ethical business build the future going beyond diversity? Here is what Iko has to say.

“We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” Tim Berners-Lee, founder of WorldWideWeb

In its literal definition, diversity is “a range of different things”, “a great deal of variety”.

When we look at the phenomenal world we are able to see this variety and different things in multiple ways – different coloured flowers, different sized plants, variety of animal species and completely different climates. At an initial glance, such diversity might be seen as an obstacle to organization – after all its impossible to have a penguin and a lion in the same habitat, or provide the same exact quantity of water to different species and sized trees.

I believe it is on this initial glance that diversity has at times, predominately in the past, been eschewed from organizations.

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#meetebbfmembers - Doug Henck looking for the answer to the leadership that motivates most people

“Impressed by ebbf publications such as – In Search of A New Work Ethic – led this CFO to the observation and application of what motivates people in their workplaces”.

Douglas Henck has forty five years of experience working with multinational corporations. His field was Insurance. His first position was as an Actuary then as a Financial Officer. From here he moved into Strategic Management and worked in over ten countries in Asia and holding responsibility for tens of thousands of people.

His fascination in the world of work was – and remains even six years into his retirement – the question of motivation.

Questions such as: “Where does it come from?” and “Why do people go to work and work hard?”. were met by the repetition of philosophy, all of which pointed Douglas Henck in the direction of social good.

Again and again, he saw that people really do “want to feel that they are part of making a difference”.  He decided that becoming the facilitator of ‘making a difference’ would be the focus of his leadership.

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Gary Reusche sends a suggested read, mindsets and attitude to help us cope with global population of 11 billion people.

One of the longest serving ebbf members,Gary Reusche, sends his suggested read and whilst we have not read nor can vouch for the contents of this book, thinking of the right mindsets, attitudes and actions that will allow the planet to prosper with a population of 11 Billion people looks like something worth reading about.

“I know Paul Hanley for a number of years as I contributed a chapter in his book “Sprit in Agriculture” published in 2005. Still, when I read the promotional material about “Eleven” I had my doubts about liking the book. I was of the opinion that my view of world events was too radical. Perhaps, I thought, I was becoming cynical, especially of do-gooders espousing feel-good solutions to the ever growing list of catastrophic issues facing the planet. Increasingly believed that “unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity’s stubborn clinging to old patterns of behavior” was the direction the world was inexorably heading.

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A letter from the ebbf board - it is the time for selfless service

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In our contemporary society, engaging in service is often seen as a pastime activity, as an add-on when one has satisfied all other needs. However, we view service as in reality an over-arching principle and as a general attitude which should be employed in every action, including in our work/professional pursuits.

In this spirit, the ebbf board offers the below thoughts.

Click here to view this letter from the ebbf board

WHAT IS YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE WITH SELFLESS SERVICE IN YOUR WORKPLACE AND/OR IN THE NEW ECONOMIC SYSTEMS WE ASPIRE TO CONTRIBUTE TO?

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ebbf Sarajevo event brings out the essence of what an ethical company actually looks like

ebbf-sarajevoWe share with you an example of the kinds of local ebbf events, that bring to various parts of the world the learning and exploration of new ideas through ebbf’s meaningful conversations.

This time it is the ebbf Sarajevo team who shares the learning from on of their series of local ebbf events where these five questions were covered:

. What are the differences between ethical and non-ethical businesses?
. In what ways can a company create a good reputation?
. Why is multiculturalism beneficial for an organization?
. Why is it important for people to know the purpose of an organization and their role in it?
. What are the benefits to companies for providing a service to the community?

Read on to view some of the thinking that came out from the conversation …

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A letter from the ebbf board - ebbf members acting on SDGs

ebbf-board-2016Dear ebbf community,

your ebbf board recently consulted on the new United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in the attached letter invites you and the rest of the ebbf community spread over 50 countries to get involved.  The SDGs are also an opportunity for partnerships with many like-minded groups and individuals.

The ebbf board hopes the attached document be an opportunity for you to read, study and act.

Please feel free to contact us for more information and to share your proposed activities, plans and learnings on the new “ebbf acting on SDGs” platform.

With loving greetings,

The ebbf board

Click here to view the ebbf board’s letter

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See keynotes, photos and what we learnt about #BuildingCapacity from recent ebbf international event

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-12-33-20If you are looking for highlights from the recent international ebbf event where we explored and found ways to implement Capacity Building in our organizations, you can click here.

You can find there downloadable keynotes from the three day event, photos, a storify of key learnings and ways to keep informed and to join the new ebbf crowdsourced learning project.

Last but not least the announcement of the next ebbf international annual conference that will take place on … click to find out.

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