short news from ebbf members

ebbf-news
ebbf-news

#ebbfgovernance - Augusto Lopez-Claros, keynoter at the event shares ideas on nationalism and global governance

Below you can read an extract from a recent article published by #ebbfmember and keynoter at #ebbfgovernance annual conference in May Augusto Lopez-Claros.

“I was a young economist working on the IMF’s Spanish economic team. A challenging time for Spain as it was preparing for entry into the European Union at a time of internal crisis with very high unemployment and major sectors of the economy (e.g. steel, shipbuilding) in crisis due to the emergence of lower cost producers in other parts of the world.

.

What impressed me the most was the extent to which the prospect of entry into the EU was forcing the government to extend the focus of economic policies beyond issues of macroeconomic stability to the fundamental institutional reforms. I remember, in particular, reforms aimed at liberalizing the inflow of foreign direct investment to facilitate the integration of the Spanish economy with the rest of Europe and, indeed, the world. With massive inflows of non-debt capital would also come know-how that would transform the country’s ageing productive apparatus.

.

Spain joined the EU on January 1, 1986 and over the next two decades it was one of the best performing economies in Europe. In the years following entry into the EU Spain not only received massive inflows of foreign capital as foreign firms sought to benefit from Spain’s lower labor costs and free access to the large European market, but was also the recipient of large and generous transfers from the EU budget, to finance regional development, including an upgrading of the country’s then decrepit physical infrastructure.

.
Implicit in all of this was the exercise of an important principle embedded in EU law: the richer member states transfer resources to the poorer members as part of a process of narrowing the income divide among countries and as a result of which intra-country inequality in the EU was reduced in a significant way.

Read More…

ebbf-news
ebbf-news

What do you have to contribute about rethinking governance? Send your proposal to talk at ebbf's next annual conference

 

You have until the 30th of November to send your proposal for a keynote or workshop at ebbf’s 28th annual conference.

We already have three outstanding speakers to elevate our thinking and challenge current governance structures to explore new ones, the ideal forms of governance that will allow ethical business to build the future.

We are now offering you the opportunity to either offer a keynote / workshop or to invite a speaker you would like to feature in ebbf’s next annual event taking place in Geneva from the 17th to the 20th of May 2018.

Most of the current systems of governance are either unjust, unfair or unable to adapt to the changing environment we are facing. How can you help us to explore new frameworks for decision-making and action? What personal experiences, new ideas, challenges you might be facing in your company do you wish to present?

DEADLINE FOR SENDING YOUR PROPOSAL OR FORWARDING TO ANOTHER POTENTIAL SPEAKER:

30th November 2017

GO HERE TO FIND OUT MORE / SEND YOUR PROPOSAL

ebbf-news
ebbf-news

Giving you a taste of the next #discoveringhow podcast episode, dedicated to consultation.

The next episode of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast will be dedicated to the topic of consultation . We offer you a preview:

Valerie Arnold, a keynoter at a recent ebbf international event offers us ideas on how to outsmart personal biases to achieve better consultative processes. Considering how many times we are not even aware of those biases, it is more useful to bring them to our attention and explore how we might overcome them.

“If consultation entails considering all points of view without attachment to personal opinion, then it is essential to become aware of the cognitive biases that prevent us from being open and fully detached from personal biases
We all suffer from biases and these prevent an authentic dialogue during a consultation.

But outsmarting our own biases is tough as we are often unaware they exist. Only by challenging our deeply help assumptions, we will allow enquiry to happen.

Egocentrism is a big factor in distorting reality during a consultation and inserting personal biases but even without the ego

Read More …

ebbf-news
ebbf-news

#ebbfspirit - view and download presentations and video recordings of event keynotes

You can now view / download the keynotes from the recent #ebbfspirit international event and a few of the learnshop materials.

During this four day event we explored WHY economic systems and enterprises need a new elevated spiritual mindset. And then found out HOW we can build such enterprises.
The key elements and processes that will allow us to successfully bridge towards this new, necessary way of seeing and building the future.

We came to understand the pillars, key principles, ways forward to shift towards the spiritual enterprise.
In the text that accompanies each presentation you will also find a link to the Facebook Video recordings of most keynotes..

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DOWNLOAD PRESENTATIONS

ebbf-news
ebbf-news

out now episode 5 of #discoveringhow ebbf's podcast - approaches to #diversity as a key resource to your enterprise

In this episode we aim to understand more about the application of diversity in business. Payam Zamani his practical experience with various forms of diversity in his global tech startup company, Carl Emerson shares some wisdom about managing diversity in organizations. Arthur Dahl on what we can learn about human diversity from what is found in nature.
.

You can listen here to Episode 5

Diana Severati
Diana Severati

#ebbfspirit - Spiritual roots consequences and questions

Ralph Blundell, a consultant based in Portugal – after working in the social services and sector in the UK – explored the ebbf Baha’i inspired values. He is passionate for justice in action and creating fairness.

Why are values needed now?

– our leaders are confused

– we are in crisis – at a crossroad

– multi level disintegration

– doing nothing is not being neutral

– we are all called on to take action

If we examine each of the 7 values, many questions arise and here are some of them, for each one of the values. We invite you to answer to them and to create a meaningful conversation starting from them.

SERVICE – How can we touch the hearts of other and release their loving capacity to serve?

SUSTAINABILITY – How can business move beyond sustainability to regeneration?

MODERATION – How can I balance moderation with a fierce spirit?

HUMAN NOBILITY – How can business guide our choices and encourage our nobility?

UNITY – What can I do in my work to create a climate of trust?

GENDER EQUALITY – How can men challenge each other and support women so we can change?

JUSTICE – How should I (and my business) challenge justice?

Diana Severati
Diana Severati

#ebbfspirit - Evolution and Human Potential: The "Big Picture"

Partow Izadi, lecturer of Global Education at the University of Lapland in Finland, offered the first keynote of the #ebbfspirit event.

Starting from the assumption that the global crisis induces us to cinism, he presented some facts showing that cinism is illogical. Looking at the human race, we are not in a final self-destruction phase but in a transition phase. Two options apply to all the living things: breakdown and breakthru, a painful transition (e.g. the birth of a baby, breakthru applies).

The human potential is not realized by simply surviving: no human child can attain to any of its potential without active education. The same apply to humanity ad a whole: mankind would not have been able to resist “forces of egoism”, of “ethical entropy”, without the education it has reaceived throughout its history. Religion is a single educational process, designed to bring out the potential.

VIEW HERE THE LIVESTREAM SESSION

Daniel Truran

view #ebbfspirit event livestream on ebbf's facebook channel

Livestream of #ebbfspirit @ebbf international event starts Thursday 12th October at 16:30 (Geneva time)

Click here to view

ebbf-news
ebbf-news

What is the function of spiritual values in companies? #discoveringhow ebbf's podcast episode 4 out now

 

In this fourth episode of ebbf’s ethical business building the future #discoveringhow podcast we hear more about the function of spiritual values in companies.

Doug Henck gives us practical examples from his career for applying spiritual values in complex global business environments. Marjo Lips-Wiersma new mandates for corporations for responsible conduct as well as profit. First Maja Groff shares her views on justice as a core principle supporting spiritual values.

.

LISTEN TO EBBF’s PODCAST

ebbf-news
ebbf-news

Letter from the ebbf board: The Value of Moderation - A Focus on Wealth Inequality

What are your views on wealth inequality and the value of moderation, and possible solutions to the problems of our time? How can the ‘spiritual enterprise’ contribute a way forward?

.
With its latest letter, the ebbf board has initiated an exploration of one of ebbf’s seven core values – Moderation – inspired by the 1st of March 2017 Letter of the Universal House of Justice.
.

You can engage in a first face to face conversation on this topic with ebbf board members and like-minded people from around the world during the next international event 12th to 15th of October.
.

Or share now your own reactions to the letter and questions that arise in your mind,  here on ebbf’s linkedIn channel.
.

CLICK TO READ THE LETTER FROM THE BOARD

on twitter

Subscribe to our newsletter

stay up to date with the latest ebbf news