ethical business building the future: #discoveringhow

welcome to ebbf’s new podcast

#discoveringhow is ebbf’s podcast series where you will listen to the personal experiences and insights from ebbf members, people from around the world living their strong sense of mission in their workplace. In each episode we offer you stepping stones, fresh ideas, personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.
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Episode 11 – The ethical challenge of an inclusive global governance for business

We’re discovering more about the ethical challenges of organizational governance: Doug Henck presents the obstacles he was faced with doing business ethically around the world, Roxann Stafford offers her perspectives on inclusive governance and Augusto Lopez-Claros on what needs to change in corporate governance to better align with the interests of society?

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Episode 10 – new financial, local and global trends pushing us to rethink governance

Sean Hinton is the CEO of the Soros Economic Development Fund at the Open Society Foundation. He is interested in the relationship between individuals and governance, pre-distributive ownership mechanism where wealth is more evenly distributed even before it is created. He shares ideas about inclusive growth and how we can move out of inequality moving towards more just and even distribution by building the capacity for active participation of wider groups in organizations’ governance.
First Jenna Nicholas CEO of impact experience exposes the impact investing trends that are being fuelled both by a new grassroots and mainstream level awareness and shares the consequent shift in power and trust that she has observed over the past few years.

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Episode 9 – Personal paths and tools to meaningful work and workplaces

On today’s program we are learning more about practical strategies some ebbf members used to find meaningful work or make their current work meaningful.
Alex Cabon explains how difficulties have prepared him to find meaningful work. Payam Zamani offers concrete examples of putting his company’s values into action. Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes on action labs, a methodology to interact explore and experiment with the application of meaningful ideas.

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Episode 8 – Personal stories that shaped people’s meaningful careers
We discover how people find their own path to meaningful work, hearing three personal stories of ebbf members whose formative years set the stage to develop work that is meaningful and transformative for society: Dhairya Pujara shaping his views in his early days in India , Elsie Maio and her childhood memory that changed the whole course of her career in the US and Naysan Naraqi a global citizen inspired by what surrounded him growing up in Papua New Guinea.

Episode 7 – Collaboration, the shift from self interested competition   

In this episode we learn about collaboration, Leyla Tavernaro explains collaboration in the South African context and Vahid Masrour offers insights into how this is lived at Wikipedia. Michael Karlberg shares how it is necessary to change the culture of contest for collaboration to flourish in society.

Episode 6 – How can consultation evolve decision-making and other organizational processes?

In this program Françoise Le Goff will explain how she used consultation to implement a large, complex project involving hundreds of people, millions of dollars and many different personal agendas. And, Valerie Arnold poses the question, what biases do we bring to a consultative process and how can we keep them in check?

But first, the term consultation can be confusing. To many people, consultation means the seeking of advice from an expert or to have a discussion about a specialized topic. But consultative processes represents a paradym shift potentially affecting every aspect of society. In this episode we offer universal principles to create a more effective consultative process, inspired by the Writings of the Baha’i Faith. The success of applying these principles is not limited to taking good decisions, but more widely allows us to create fruitful learning experiences that fully engage the diversity of ideas and talents of all people involved.

Trip Barthel has worked for many years as a  mediator. He has developed nine stages of consultative decision-making he believes offer participants opportunities for personal as well as organizational growth. Here is how he defines consultation.

Episode 5 – New 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 shares his practical experience with various forms of diversity in his global tech startup company, Carl Emerson offers some wisdom about managing diversity in organizations. Arthur Dahl on what we can learn about human diversity from what is found in nature and the interconnectedness that we can harness.

Episode 4 – Transitioning towards the spiritual enterprise

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.


Episode 3 – The evolution of business: how it lost and now needs to regain its connection with society

In Episode 3 of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast we will hear how maverick playwright, best selling author, Fullbright scholar and business school professor Dorothy Marcic sees the evolution of business over time. Wendi Momen explains a practical case of how a company reacted to global changes, putting their stakeholders first and how it paid off.

Ralph Blundell reads ebbf member James Jennings’ article on how to integrate humanity into the operating system of a business.

Episode 2 – How can ethical business build the future? Transitioning towards the spiritual enterprise.

In Episode 2 of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast we hear from Marc Rivers on how he found himself wanting to use his position as CFO at one of the world’s largest Pharma companies to use spiritual values important to him in a way that would give meaning to his global team of financial controllers. Elsie Maio shares how the function of Spiritual Values in Companies’ can transform purpose, relationships and results.  Listen to how Marc Rivers and Elsie Maio work with the power of truth in finance, branding, writing, consulting and leadership.
We read Jenna Nicholas and Daryn Dodson’s insights into how spirituality is affecting and will influence in the near future the area of finance.

Episode 1 – meaningful work, how ebbf members view it and live it

In Episode 1 of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast we hear from Dhairya Pujara and how his need for meaningful work made him leave his job on day one and on the traits of meaningful work that Stephane Zahrai has experienced and suggests other enterprises live up to.
Finally Serge Thill offers an article with his own ideas on the principles behind meaningful work, read by South African ebbf member Tahirih Michot.

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