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Rethinking Materialism - the theme of the 29th ebbf annual conference




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?

Interested in ebbf's 29th annual conference - rethinking materialism


letter from the board: why no autumn ebbf international 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.


Read the letter from the board


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.”



How can we make a social impact? Creating collective prosperity - ebbf breakfast netherlands

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?

Here are some first steps

Few ideas from past ebbf events here:


#ebbfmember stories of ebbf impact

#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:

see Eleonora’s video testimonial here


Work: Awful or Awesome? - Letters from the ebbf board

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.”


You can read the full article here


#discoveringhow ebbf podcast - design processes enacting social and organisational transformation

How can design processes enact social and organizational transformation?
#ebbfmember Stephanie Hughes and Lena Hercberga share their views in Episode 17 of EBBF #discoveringhow podcast:


Listen here>


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 :

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Truth limps while falsehood flies

Augusto Lopez-Claros

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.[1] 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


Discovering How Ethical Business Is  Building The Future - ebbf's #discoveringhow podcast is now available on ITunes

ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast is now available on ITunes

ebbf has over 25 years of experience accompanying individuals keen to create more meaningful careers and workplaces all over the world. ebbf is now introducing
#DiscoveringHow; ebbf’s new podcast series where you will hear about the personal experiences and insights from ebbf members, people from around the world living their strong sense of mission in their workplaces. In each episode we offer you stepping stones, fresh ideas and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.

A broad range of topics is featured from the unifying leadership principles through the lens of feminine leadership to rethinking educational governance to build ethical leaders, to new ways of Collaborating, the shift from self interested competition,  to new financial, local and global trends pushing us to rethink governance, to episodes dedicated to the personal stories  shaping people’s meaningful careers.

“I am constantly amazed to learn about  the creative  actions people are taking  to build a better future for all of us. This is not just dreaming about the  future, it is happening now. These positive changes are going on around us every day, all of the time” said Jean Parker, podcast editor and producer.

“My interactions with ebbf members have deeply influenced my career and life. I am delighted to now be able to share at least a few of the many paths that these individuals have walked, never alone, always driven by their strong sense of values and wish to be a protagonist in creating meaningful change in their workplaces, regardless of the size and sector of their business” commented ebbf’s director general Daniel Truran.

“ebbf’s vision and values have always inspired me. Even more inspiring have been the many women and men who have lived these in their daily lives, effecting positive change at work, in their communities and in the wider world. So great that everyone can now hear their stories!” was the comment of Wendi Momen ebbf chair.

You can now find on iTunes ( ) and Podbean ( ) the first 15 episodes of ebbf’s new podcast.

ebbf is a Baha’i-inspired global learning community that accompanies mindful individuals and groups to transform business and the economy. It achieves this through over 300 annual local, online and international events and seven tools that help people explore how the application of ebbf’s seven core values can and will help ethical business build a more prosperous, just and sustainable future.

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