Friday afternoon – parallel sessions

You can now choose between these five interactive learnshops

1. Jenna Nicholas

An interactive learnshop that will allow you to deepen with Jenna the concepts she exposed in her opening keynote


2. Dessi Dimitrova & Guitelle Baghdadi

Moving towards a values-based discourse on global health

More than nine billion people are anticipated to be living on the planet by 2050, with two billion above the age of 60. To address the challenges inherent in population growth of this scale and to secure the associate health costs, the world would need new business and operating models as well as new investments increasing over time from an initial US$134 billion annually to $371 billion by 2030, according to recent estimates by the World Health Organization. Furthermore, the Commission for Business and Sustainable Development estimates that implementing the health related Sustainable Development Goals would result in a new health and healthcare business opportunity of USD1.8 trillion. This illustrates that there is an unprecedented opportunity to impact the global health and healthcare discourse and ensure that the expected investment results in just and equitable outcomes.

This session will aim at exploring how each practitioner can influence the global health discourse by
1) identifying some of the key issues that need to be addressed in the global health discourse (e.g., universal health coverage);
2) defining the true obstacles in addressing these issues to improve the health status of humanity in an equitable manner,
3) brainstorming new approaches for addressing these issues recognising the main spiritual principles still lack in today’s development endeavours;
4) identifying the key stakeholders who would need to be involved to draft and implement the above. Health governance from the community to the global levels will be reviewed as a key enabler to the above issues as well as how values-based decision-making can be encouraged to influence the global health discourse.


3. Gordon Naylor

Governance in Education – How to start a Baha’i Inspired School in your community 

Thinking about how to embue an social enterprise with spiritual qualities is challenging. Which is why at Nancy Campbell Academy, we challenge our students to start thinking about it in their first year. Creating an environment where this culture can be fostered while still achieving academic excellence has taken 20 years of experience to create, and we’re still learning. This workshop is geared towards those wishing to create a similar environment and the practical steps to creating a spiritual enterprise within Education.


4. Vasu Mohan

Impact of Gender Equality on Governance, Security & Prosperity

Does increased and equal participation of women in governance change the form & style of governance?
How does this differential change in governance translate into results – governance, security, and prosperity?
Research is beginning to show that as we diversify decision-makers, the process and results change.
I would like share some insights I have gained based on my experience working on over 20 countries over the past sixteen years promoting women’s role in decision making. Particularly important is the lesson that representative diversity is important but not sufficient – we need more women and both women and men embodying traditionally feminine-qualities. I will also draw on Abdu’l-Baha and Bahiyyih Khanum’s leadership vignettes to show how both showed leader ship traits that were both masculine and feminine – a more balanced leadership for good governance.


5. Iko Congo

Spiritual governance

We are conscious of our obligation to contribute to the betterment of the world and are dedicated to learn how the Baha’i Writings and experience of the Baha’i community can provide new insights to how organisations, and society more widely, are governed.