Click on the image below to download the final program learning guide

that will be handed to you at the registration desk, together with the welcome pack

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Before we can start to Rethink Materialism, we need to first understand what we wish to cover, what do we mean by this concept.
We don’t want to limit ourselves to creating a definition of what is, but rather open our minds to new ways of seeing this term and its consequent attitudes and actions. This fundamental part of the program is where we start to break down assumptions and create new thinking.

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16:30 – Registrations Open

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17:00 – Start of the Conference: Welcome and opening introduction to the event
Why are we all here? What do we aim for in this four-day leaning experience?
Setting the scene for an immersive learning experience.
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18:00  – Setting the tone Keynote: Sahba Sobhani, opening minds, rethinking materialism
Rethinking Capitalism: How the UN’s Sustainable Developments Goals provide a better model for people, prosperity and planet.

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18:30
 – First meaningful conversations, inspired by quotes and Writings we start a dialogue to make the theme relevant to me and to what I wish to achieve in my workplace and in my areas of influence.

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19:00 – Dinner:
 enjoying those informal yet insightful first conversations

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20:30 – A World Cafe Style experience where we will all address:
What does materialism mean to me? Why should we rethink it?

CHECK OUT SOME INITIAL REASONS WHY WE SHOULD RETHINKING MATERIALISM

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21:00 – Check out reflection time, with a great question that will emerge for the night

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09:00 – Start of DAY 2, today we start to dream the future, what can you expect, what are the key elements of the day?

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09:30 – Dreaming Keynote with Enrico Giraudi

SPIRITUAL “MAKING” by Enrico Giraudi
An attempt to reconcile materialism with spirituality.

For years we have understood materialism as the antithesis of spirituality, cultivating a dualistic and often conflicting vision of these two dimensions of the human being.
If we conceive materialism and spirituality as life “models”, it is indeed very difficult to conceive of their peaceful integration.
But if we think of spirituality as a “source”, as the warehouse of our best intuitions, like that wavelength that puts us in tune with the “divine” and we think back to materialism not as a lifestyle but as our attitude to bring into being and make concrete in our daily life what is within us intangible and impalpable, then we can get a glimpse of the potential collaboration and benevolent, functional alliance between the two.
Our soul that inspires our hands, our being guiding our doing. Materialism seen as the ability to give tangible proof that our spiritual intuitions can generate change, can build new worlds, can leave their mark in our daily reality.

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10:00 – Creative session – dreaming the ideal future we want:
Dreaming the ideal future we want , what does 2030 look like?

Inspired by Writings, quotes and new ideas, we will dream the future we are aiming to create, visualising what our workplaces, the organizations we work in, the economy and our own careers will look like in 2030.

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11:00 – Coffee Break

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11:30 – Parallel Sessions Part I
Choose one of six parallel sessions, to go deeper and learn more about what you need and gather new ideas, insights, processes and inspiration you can then apply to your working life. ( see description of sessions below )

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13:00 – Lunch

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14:30 – Purpose for the future
After the creating session of the morning the need for focus, for personal focus and ways to make clearer the future we aim for will be high on our priorities and that is what we will address and then be introduced to the afternoon parallel sessions available for you to choose from.

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14:45 – Parallel Sessions Part II
Choose one of five parallel sessions, to go deeper and learn more about what you need and gather new ideas, insights, processes and inspiration you can then apply to your working life. ( see description of sessions below )

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16:30 – Keynote with Matt Weinberg

Technology, Spiritual Values and Remaking our Reality

Moving towards more conscious and purposeful patterns of technological innovation depends on both practical and spiritual awareness.

Technological change is an inherent aspect of material progress and a dominant fashioner of everyday reality. Technology is something we create, but it also recreates or redefines us. Over the past few years, public discourse has increasingly focused on how technology can have unexpected social impacts and be misused in a way that leads to insecurity, social disunity and dissonance. This presentation will explore how individuals, communities, organizations and institutions can become active agents in making technological choices that align with more holistic goals of human flourishing. We can no longer be passive in relation to the design and deployment of technology. This requires building capabilities of all kinds, at all levels of society, in assessing how particular technologies affect personal, social and spiritual well-being. In this regard, practices of consultation and knowledge generation informed by spiritual values are precisely the mechanisms required to make technological choices that foster human connection and constructive action.

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17:00 – A Meaningful conversation opportunity
Sit on the table that will cover the questions most relevant to you; addressing the key ideas from the keynote that you find most interesting.

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17:30 – Personal Reflection and Relaxation

By now many ideas and many questions will be filling your mind, this is the time to reflect in a relaxed atmosphere on what is emerging.
Getting you in the ideal state of mind to harness what is useful to you.

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19:00 – Dinner

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20:30 – keynote and art with Mary Darling

How can we help us and those around us to … rethink ?
how can art, movies, campaigns and the media help us and society change their perceptions and consequent actions?

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21:30 – Check out and one last question that will emerge, to nurture our night’s thoughts: what do we now need most to make this future happen?

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09:00 – Check in & Feed forward, what happened yesterday? What do we want to see happening today?

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09:30 – Keynote Carlos Cordoba
Transforming a Commercial Business into a Social Enterprise
Is the future already here?
The case of a real life business that is learning through action how to reconcile materialism and spirituality.
How did the initial idea come up?  How were individuals working there involved? What was the role of the community they aimed to serve?
The personal experience of transforming the leadership, structure and objectives of a family business into a manager-less incubator of social enterprises.

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10:00 – Open Space Session Part 1
The time to voice what are the burning questions that I want to discuss with this community, taking into consideration the work and ideas that have emerged in the past two days, what do I now need most to Design the Future?
Identifying key elements, gathering like minded people to explore them, getting practical ideas and elevated concept to help us progress.

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11:15 Working Coffee Break

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11:45 – Open Space Session Part 2
Going deeper
what are the projects that have emerged and that are most alive right now and that I want to explore with the community?

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12:30  Plenary Sharing of Open Space Outcomes
what key design features will we be putting in place to design the future?

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13:00 – Lunch

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14:00 – KEYNOTE Kate Cacciatore

Moving from the head to the heart: a personal journey leading to an inspired collective perspective that supports meaningful work.

Many of us have been through or are going through personal crises such as “burn out” as a result of working in mainstream organisations that still function according to the old paradigm. We yearn for greater purpose and meaning in the work we do and the way our organisations are run. But how can we concretely transform these traditional organisations? What can we learn from leaders who have successfully “liberated” their companies to move towards a “Teal” or self-managed organizational model? How can we bring about larger-scale systems change that reflects the evolution of human consciousness that we are already experiencing? What concrete techniques and solutions can we use to tap into our collective intelligence through personal authenticity?

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14:30 – Meaningful Conversation: what stands out for me from that keynote and approach? What is useful?

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15:00 – Parallel Sessions Part III
Choose one of six parallel sessions, to go deeper and learn more about what you need and gather new ideas, insights, processes and inspiration you can then apply to your working life. ( see description of sessions below )

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16:30 – Coffee Break

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17:00 – ebbf Annual General Meeting

what has been and will be the role of ebbf to accompany you forward?

approving last year’s annual report / voting the ebbf governing board / sharing plans and practical tools created for you launching in 2019

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19:00 – Dinner

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20:30 – Inspirational Keynote 

Dan Makoski – Chief Design Officer at Lloyds Banking Group

“Rethinking the concept of Prosperity”

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21:30 – Getting into action … Bollywood Style ( the highlight of the event for many )
Designing the future is exciting but delivering it is a challenge, how can we learn to stand up and express ourselves, together?
with Anila Hussain

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We want to maximise our influence next week, next month, in the coming years. In this last day we will be bringing together all our learning are rethinking that we enjoyed over these last few days together and harnessing all the new resources, ideas, connections to make our return to our workplace a strong and impactful one. This will be another fundamental pillar of this four day learning-leading-to action experience.
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09:30 – Fast Forward of what we have put in our (virtual) bag so far, harvesting ideas, learnings and actions.

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10:00 – So what am I now missing to get into action next week, month, year in my workplace?
A highly designed session aimed to bring into focus my next actions and to multiply the opportunities to bring my learning to my workplace

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11:00 – Coffee Break

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11:30 – INSPIRATIONAL KEYNOTE
We end with one last keynote to see us going forward, giving us the energy and focus to help people around us join us in rethinking and redesigning materialism

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12:00 – Who will we now walk this path with? Harnessing the ebbf accompaniment

Our last opportunity to connect with the people, the main source of inspiration we will want to reciprocally accompany and be accompanied by , over the next period of our lives.

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12:30 – Final Lunch and good byes

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Choose between these parallel sessions

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FRIDAY MORNING

You can now choose between these five interactive parallel learnshops:

. Enrico Giraudi  – SPIRITUAL “MAKING” by Enrico Giraudi
An attempt to reconcile materialism with spirituality.

An opportunity to deepen the key points from the keynote where we will see how we can shift materialism as the antithesis of spirituality, cultivating a dualistic and often conflicting vision of these two dimensions of the human being, towards a new view.
If we conceive materialism and spirituality as life “models”, it is indeed very difficult to conceive of their peaceful integration.
But if we think of spirituality as a “source”, as the warehouse of our best intuitions, like that wavelength that puts us in tune with the “divine” and we think back to materialism not as a lifestyle but as our attitude to bring into being and make concrete in our daily life what is within us intangible and impalpable, then we can get a glimpse of the potential collaboration and benevolent, functional alliance between the two.
Our soul that inspires our hands, our being guiding our doing. Materialism seen as the ability to give tangible proof that our spiritual intuitions can generate change, can build new worlds, can leave their mark in our daily reality.


. Ilona Surgaile – Leading Through Changing Times

The intention of the workshop is to engage the participants to share their knowledge and experience. Educate the hearts by taking a holistic view of change where the core is being clear, open, honest and authentic. Encourage to take an action, coming up with few doable and practical action steps on how we can be committed leaders through these changing times when the world paradigm is shifting. This program will blend group exercises and discussions with intentional reflection time upon emerging themes, values, co-creating commitment and actionable steps.


. Arlette George ‘To be or not to be, that is the question.’-Hamlet

Because enslavement and freedom are essential to understanding the ideas that underpin materialism we will start with a ten minute slide presentation on the impact of Queen Victoria’s abolition of slavery in 1833. Be assured, some of it will surprise you.  We will also examine how the rights of every man, woman and child on the planet are intrinsic to rethinking materialism. From the big picture we will then turn to everyday habits:

As you know, our beliefs, and what we think, drive our behaviour: We will play some games to discover a little more about ourselves. Games are helpful as they allow us to, safely and freely, examine different conversations and negotiations in the light of understanding.

What are we really doing in a negotiation? When are we buying our freedom at someone else’s expense? Do we ever enslave ourselves too? Can we make technology our slave instead? What’s the answer? Is there ever a way out? What does it mean: ‘to be’ without negating the others/ourselves?

What kind of environment frees the will of mankind?  What does the independent investigation of reality mean? How is our work an expression of the relationship between ‘being’ and ‘doing’? What is service to humanity? What’s the relationship between service and true freedom? What’s that got to do with business and prosperity?


. Silvia Ferlito – AYNI – Discover the Power of Reciprocity

Ayni (gifting in Quechua) is the Andean principle of reciprocity, respect and the mutual flow of giving and receiving. It is a creative process based on the reality of abundance. It starts with the genuine need of a person, responds with a generous spirit of another and is based on a long lasting trust based relationship to accomplish more than one person or group alone could manage alone.
Reciprocity and collaboration is an innate trait that humans developed through a long process of evolution. It is based on mutual relations and has existed in one form or the other in many societies.
Let’s discover the power of Ayni and how in times of increasing materialism and individualism concepts like Ayni can bring back the sense of community.
Let’s explore on actions how to improve our organizations and shift the mindset from I to WE, from pure monetization (more cash) and materialization (grow bigger) to building relationships based on trust, respect, generosity, care and justice that are the base to more effective, sustainable and creative organizations with happier people.


. Carmel Khalilian – SMART way to rethink materialism

“SMART” is a management tool used to set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound. During this interactive workshop we will learn more about this system of goal setting with the intention of helping one another set our next steps in the path towards balancing out materialism in our day-to-day lives with a specific focus on the workplace, your career/ business goals, and drawing from your network (both old and new) to aid in the process.

This is a useful exercise no matter what stage of business development you are at and will help facilitate critical thinking when it comes to the struggles of grappling with the intersectionality of businesses and interests following the remnants of the old world practices and in working to establish new foundations for responding to modern-day spiritual realities and requirements. It also aims to help you recognise and draw from your current support systems and help you establish new ones too!.

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON

You can now choose between these five interactive learnshops


. Arthur Dahl and Maja Groff Re-thinking Global Governance

A range of countries around the world seem to be questioning global institutions at a time when global crises – requiring global solutions – continue to intensify at an alarming rate. On climate change, youth around the world have recently started coordinated action to hold their governments to account, while the international community struggles to meet agreed targets. Global citizen groups have also recently mobilized to achieve a new international treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, adopted in 2017, yet arms races between major powers seem to be re-starting, putting us all at risk. Wealth inequality and rampant materialism seem to dominate in all quarters of the world. Against this backdrop, what opportunities are there to build unity among populations of the world to design bold new global governance institutions, equal to confronting our current global challenges? Within an environment often dominated by competition, skepticism and disintegration, is significant UN and global governance reform even remotely possible? What “ceaseless endeavor” and “indomitable determination” is required? What conversations can we start, actions and attitudes can we bring, to contribute to a process of “worldwide reconciliation,” creating renewed global institutions that safeguard the security and prosperity of all? The presenters will discuss these and other questions in relation to involvement in the New Shape Prize competition and on-going work (see: https://globalchallenges.org/our-work/the-new-shape-prize/awardees).


. David Menham – Re-inventing Ourselves in  a Time of Turbulence and Tribulation

Is it time to start radically redefining materialism and solving some of the most complex issues of the age in which we are now living?

Could we learn to avoid some of the most deadly conflicts in human history by achieving the most urgent sustainable development goals of the UN and begin to transform the world for the benefit of all?

As part of this exploration to permanent peace and security we will also be spurred on to redoubling our commitment to constructive dialogue and action not just as professional participants in the world of commerce but also as part of our personal enrichment, building better communities for the betterment of all of our societies.

As an aid to our discussion and dialogue we will be examining some of the most dynamic and innovative examples of companies and organizations that have taken on the challenge of rethinking, reorganization and social transformation.


. Rhonda Gossen – developing universal protagonism and a vision of service in your workplace – Linking Business, international development and human rights.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has become a framework for action, not only for international development organizations and governments but also for companies to contribute to global prosperity. The UN Human Rights Council endorsed in 2011 guiding principles for an international standard for business and human rights. Such efforts have removed the false dichotomy between not for profit institutions and the world of enterprise in a universal vision for material prosperity and wellbeing. This session will look at examples where an integrated approach, bringing together international development, human rights and business is being applied. Canada recently announced the first office in the world of an ombudsperson for responsible enterprise to ensure that investment and trade work for the benefit of everyone. How are organizations translating into living and constructive action, principles such as human rights, labour, environment while contributing to global prosperity, happiness and wellbeing.


. Nadja Schnetzler & Laurent Burst

Over the last year Nadja and Laurent have developed a simple and powerful process to create a Personal Purpose with individuals who are interested and ready to investigate what they see as the true engine and compass of their lives.

The process currently has a duration of 90 minutes and produces a clear, well-rounded and positive phrasing of what a person wants to put at the center of their lives, the things they want to start working on or explore and the challenges they want to tackle.

It is a deeply personal yet very sharable process that involves two people as coaches and one person who wants to develop their purpose in collaboration with them.

The method has also already proven to be the smallest laboratory-setting to demonstrate what is needed for excellent collaboration in a team: the three people developing the purpose for one person have to collaborate well in order to produce a strong and meaningful outcome together. This makes the method a compelling teaching tool for teams and groups in organisations.

Nadja and Laurent have tested their method with around 45 people so far (with several individuals in Switzerland and with teachers and students at Bloom School in Sarajevo). They are now in the process of creating a community of Purpose Owners and Purpose Coaches.

Because Nadjas and Laurents common purpose is to «enable everyone to find and pursue their purpose» they would love to share the detailed method with you during this learn shop so that you can use it in your own workplace, community or family.

We believe that thinking about personal purpose is an important foundation for the challenges we face as humanity and therefore instrumental for a post-material society.


. Randy and Oonagh Vaucrosson – Consider materialism through a virtues lens

This Learnshop will enable participants to consider that perhaps it is our reaction to materialism, not materialism itself that determines how our lives will develop. Discover the Five Strategies of the Virtues Project to awaken the virtues within us and determine our reactions. An experiential adventure to connect with one’s self.

  • learning a new language to transform the manner of our communication, strengthening our relationships in the workplace, moving beyond the superficial to the meaningful
  • acknowledging and recognising the teachable moments that enable us to challenge our assumptions about materialism, identify the virtues that will propel us forward, adorn our characters to face future obstacles and learn new skills
  • developing new organisational structures requires strengthening our abilities to set clear boundaries around workplace needs and requirements, enabling the workplace to evolve to better suit learning styles and focus on the higher purpose of economic activity
  • Introducing spiritual goals as a component for personal achievement in the workplace, guiding organisations to promote a culture of honoring the spirit as a necessity for cohesive development and progress
  • using the art of companioning as a tool to navigate inevitable challenges that will be present in any human interaction as people learn to build community in the workplace, each playing his or her role with a common vision and awareness of the valuable contributions each individual makes to the whole.

We will be including activities that will enable participants to connect with these strategies and consider how it is we may forge a way forward to collective prosperity.


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SATURDAY AFTERNOON

You can now choose between these six interactive learnshops

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. Carlos Cordoba & Jose Soto – learning from a personal experience creating a balanced enterprise

An interactive opportunity explore how to transform your organization for a changing world. Learning to apply universal spiritual principles in any organization that wants to make a difference for a new world based on justice, reciprocity, and prosperity. Find your purpose, define the route map and plan for action.


. Kate Cacciatore – Application of the Wheel of Meaning to help rethink materialism and bring change to organizations

A practical exercise of what worked for Kate in her rethink of materialism in her own workplace.


. Gigi Alford – Sport for the coming post-materialistic age

A 90-minute interactive learnshop that will allow you to delve with Gigi into the question: What does sport look like in a world that has moved beyond materialism?

Sport at all levels has grown increasingly linked to the excesses and abuses of unchecked materialism. Citizens are rejecting their cities’ bids to host mega-games like the Olympics, families are evicted to build outlandish stadiums while construction workers toil under conditions of modern-day slavery, athletes are treated as commodities, and the sports federations, sponsors and broadcasters behind it all use aggressive tactics to maintain their control over the power, profit, and prestige of sport. Communities and institutions need to rethink sport’s values for an age that is beginning to reject materialism’s corrosive effects wherever they are found.

Five years ago, Gigi teamed up with a growing global movement to win back the humanity of sport. She invites you to join this learnshop to explore real world cases that will help us consider the questions: Are there values within sport that align with a more spiritual vision of a connected humanity? What would that look that and how would we get there?


. Roya Akhavan – Rethinking Materialism from a Feminine Leadership Perspective

Rethinking materialism involves asking two essential question, among others. First, what is the difference between “materialism,” which is hazardous, and “material prosperity,” which is a worthy individual and social goal? And, second, what is the most effective mode of leadership for moving society beyond materialism and facilitating the achievement of true material prosperity?

Materialism is self-centered and views amassing personal wealth as the locus of human happiness. Material prosperity, on the other hand, denotes a state of shared prosperity within a system that seeks to provide sufficient resources for all human beings to fulfill their potential. As such, material prosperity views human happiness as being correlated with the ability to serve others while pursuing one’s own personal growth.

It may be argued that the best mode of leadership in pursuit of shared material prosperity would be one that reflects compassion, caring, nurturing, communal behavior, and effective communication, all of which have traditionally been associated with the feminine aspects of the human society.

This workshop will attempt to open a conceptually clear path toward rethinking materialism and engage the participants in reimagining new models for future leadership in the context of the emerging consciousness of the need to balance the feminine and the masculine in all areas of human endeavor.


. Moneshia Zu Eitz and Svenja Rüger – “to Accompany” to Global Prosperity

Accelerating shifts towards globalization and the mix in economic participants it needs to include, including life on our planet of all kinds, is raising questions on how we can raise “people” synergies that allow for collective action. How can we focus not only on what we do, bu how we do it, and learn to pivot together, towards fulfilling our highest collective aims.

Learn what accompaniment is, the potential impact, and have an experience of it using movement and coaching tools. Understand and consider first hand how it can foster
– inclusivity with diversity
-technology can be a force for good
– link the whole person to organizational goals and vice versa
– Rise of the ethical enterprise in developing all our faculties by virtue of the human and capital resources it yields and in shaping the global society in which it operates

In this interactive workshop will explore the relationship of the individual at work and in society, debrief on the ebbf weaccompany program and plan for further action based on our unique situation and vision.


. Sjoerd Luteyn and Oscar Rosa – ebbf company membership

How can the new ebbf company membership help you to bring to your organization and understanding and the most successful application of seven core values?