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ebbf nominates Nabil Elias as the new "ebbf Dean of Education"

ebbf is pleased to announce the creation of its new Dean of Education position which long term ebbf member Nabil Elias has accepted to take on.

With this nomination ebbf hopes to explore more deeply new learning frameworks that can test the impact and best practices of the application of its seven core values in organizations that aim to contribute to a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization. 

Nabil Elias has a lifelong experience in the area of education, he is Faculty Emeritus at the Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to his retirement, he taught in MBA and Master of Accountancy programs and was director of MBA programs at UNC Charlotte and University of Manitoba. He held positions as visiting professor at INSEAD (France), Thunderbird (USA), HEC (France), ESCP (France), Laval University (Quebec) and taught MBA classes at Monterrey Tech EGADE (Mexico), and UNC Charlotte’s MBA in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Nabil commented “I look forward to working with the ebbf community and beyond to explore dimensions of knowledge, education and learning aimed to assist individuals and companies to transition towards a new paradigm of work, business, and organizations. Capturing and sharing the learning of startups and organizations that have embarked on holistic transformation consistent with the ebbf’s seven core values is only one of the many ways to contribute to knowledge and learning to enhance ebbf’s mission of creating a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization. I warmly welcome any ideas or suggestions towards this end.”

Nabil will start to identify key topics and individuals to engage with, in order to start exploring the kinds of materials that will be most useful to create new learning frameworks, assisting the transition of companies and people towards a new paradigm of work.



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#ebbfmember personal stories of ebbf impact

We asked a few ebbf members from around the world to share some of the diverse ways in which they used the ebbf community to progress their impact, overcome barriers and co-create meaningful projects and transform their organizations.

Here is what we learnt:

Read personal stories of ebbf impact


#ebbfgovernance a photo album of the event


You van browse here the #ebbfgovernance photo album of the event

view here images from the event

Diana Severati
Diana Severati

#ebbfgovernance - Governance as a path to truth

Malika Parent offered a reflection  on understanding the root of wrong behaviour starting from her own experience.

Before addressing the topic of the keyinote she recalled the Hermann Ebbinghaus curve pointing out that after 24 hours you will have lose  80% of what you heard and after 30 hours you will have lost the 90%.

From the   humanitarian exposure she moved on to the fight against corruption. Moving to the management side of the humanitarian sector meant for her moving to another planet. The 30% of aid is diverted to corruption. We have many corruption schemes: gift, nepotism, insurance fraud, etc… And  have our own truth, each one of us don’t perceive the same thing at the same time.

There are also two main controversies to take into account: 1. Goodwill can be a myth and a threat to good governance and  2. Wrong behaviour: me vs. others.

Who knows what would do in difficult circustamces?

Diana Severati
Diana Severati

#ebbfgovernance - Rethinking governance in Geneva

The ebbf 28th international annual learning event in Geneva is starting right now. People are gathering around the tables reconnecting or introducing themselves for the first time.

During these four days we will explore the new kind of governance that will allow ethical business to build the future and to discover your role in progressing this. You can live this learning experience with us following this blog, our Facebook page and our twitter profile. And maybe you will start thinking about coming to the next ebbf event.


Join ebbf, a global learning community using work to build a new civilization

You can join ebbf and become part of a global community, present in over 50 countries, that accompanies people exploring how to use their workplaces or new economic systems to build a new, more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization. View here video interviews with some ebbf members sharing why they joined ebbf and how they contributed.

With your annually renewable membership you will also gain:

  • access to the members platform connecting you to a global network of inspiring individuals
  • the opportunity to join “meaningful conversations” leading to action, on one of ebbf’s “meaningful hangouts”
  • taking part in the weekly “unlocking the potential of your membership” hangout video conference connecting with members around the world and asking the ebbf team to accompany you
  • access to the “SOS ebbf” service allowing you to ask your ebbf community for advice, help and ideas
  • member-only discounts at ebbf and partner organizations’ international events
  • becoming an active protagonist, joining an ebbf team, creating new ebbf tools
  • access to the “creating your dream enterprise” service, guiding you from the idea to the reality of the enterprise you always wanted to set up.
  • becoming part of the “ebbf accompaniment” service, accompanying you on a path of increasing influence in your current and future work
Full annual fee:€ 120
Young Professional annual fee:€ 50
Student / Unemployed annual fee:€ 25
5-year membership fee:€ 500
Life time membership fee:€ 2,000

Apply to become an ebbf member now!


ebbf announces its 2017 annual report - a year of marked growth in impact and reach not matched by financial sustainability

ebbf publishes its 2017 annual report.

This past year has been a wonderful year seeing a growth in terms of impact, reach and geographical expansion. New cities have seen their first ebbf local events, the number of online events has grown and so has the impact of ebbf members and ebbf activities on a wider group of individuals and organizations,

All of the above has only been possible thanks to the incredible dedication and support of a growing number of individuals, who have donated their skills to further ebbf’s vision. The members of ebbf’s operational teams.

This has however been a challenging year in terms of financial sustainability with a call to action giving the opportunity to sustain ebbf’s role accompanying individuals keen to explore how their organizations and new economic systems can contribute to a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization.




#ebbfgovernance participants offer "Reflections on future global governance systems"

Prior to attending ebbf’s 28th international annual event dedicated to rethinking governance to allow ethical business to build the future, event participant Pascal Schmidt co-wrote with colleagues Nicola Benigni and Marco Felici this insightful article:

“As we were participating in the Global Challenges Prize, a call for ideas on global governance systems that would help to address our world´s border-transcending challenges, we asked ourselves the question of how to create a system that has (and is conducive to) unity and justice at its core and at every level. How do we ensure that the views of the diverse people of the world are brought into the decision process while still reaching consensus? How do we guarantee democratic legitimation in an ever-evolving system and a continuous flow of learning bottom-up and top-down? Do we want the purest of heart or the most knowledgeable to make decisions and can we induce through an election mechanism that well-wishers of all are elected? How can we make sure that the latest learning from science and religion are embedded into policy? How different would our societal structure be if women would be equally represented among the elected?

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View the full program of ebbf's annual conference #ebbfgovernance - rethinking the governance of your organization

The #ebbfgovernance may 2018 event program has been finalised and is available to download if you wish to have a peek at the four day program that has been prepared to allow us to rethink governance  – exploring new frameworks for decision-making and action in your organization.

Click on the image to download the program that will handed to participants at the registration desk.



#ebbfgovernance what is the impact of corruption in the fragile road of global and just governance?

ebbf member Jean-Pierre Méan, a leading world expert on the topic of corruption and also author of ebbf’s publication “on corruption and bribery, fighting to restore trust” recently wrote this article inspired by the theme of ebbf’s annual conference “rethinking governance to allow ethical business to build the future”.


“In the modern State, government derives its legitimacy not from a divine mission but from a delegation of powers from the people, in what has been termed a social contract. Since it is obviously not practical for all citizens, millions of them, to exercise the state power together, they choose representatives who are expected to use their power in the interest of the community. In recognition of the risk of abuse inherent in any human activity, it was felt that not all power should be entrusted to the same individual or group of individuals, but that the power should be divided in three branches of government: the legislative, the executive and the judiciary, thus creating a system of checks and balances expected to curb abuses. This in a nutshell is the essence of governance in modern democracies. These ideas were first expressed some three hundred years ago, have started to spread in the nineteenth century but have not gained a semblance of universal recognition until recently.

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