2018 ebbf annual conference - rethinking governance

rethinking governance,
exploring new frameworks
for decision-making and action
in your organization

ebbf’s 28th annual conference  |  17th to 20th of May 2018 – Geneva

We live in exciting times, the crossing point in the transition towards new forms of enterprises and of evolving economic systems. The future is most uncertain, with the only certainty being change, an accelerating rate of change. We don’t wish to be simple spectators, instead protagonists of the new forms of enterprises and economic systems where we will enjoy creating a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization.

To help us manage the future we will explore together over the four days of this event, the best new forms of governance that are emerging both in enterprises and in society. We will co-create new thinking and new ideas that will allow us to create shared prosperity through adaptive organizations.

We aim to understand, explore and design future forms of governance, holistic ones that will allow individuals the freedom to develop their human capacities and talents. Free and happy human resources motivated by a superior purpose that create the kinds of successful organizations, products, services, learning and experiences able to generate shared prosperity, serving the enduring interests of all people.

We seeks to challenge the myths that make our governance systems so dysfunctional, and in a spirit of genuine enquiry and truth seeking, contribute toward a set of principles that foster unity and guide us toward operational models that promote the development of just, prosperous and sustainable businesses and society.

This four day ebbf annual conference, our 28th edition starts at 17:00 on Thursday 17th of May 2018 and ends after lunch on Sunday 20th,
in Geneva at the Best Western Chavannes De Bogis



First confirmed speakers with whom we will enjoy challenging current assumptions about governance and build new ones.
Click here to send your keynote / learnshop proposal.


What are the governance systems that will allow us to build a just, fair and sustainable global economic system?

Enjoying a one-year research sabbatical leave Augusto Lopez-Claros works at the World Bank as  Director of the Global Indicators Group in DEC, the unit leading the Bank’s research and analytical work.

The Indicators Group is the department responsible for the Bank’s Doing Business report and other international benchmarking studies.

Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the Editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports.

He was educated in England and the United States, receiving a diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. In 2007 he was a coeditor of The International Monetary System, the IMF, and the G-20: A Great Transformation in the Making? and The Humanitarian Response Index: Measuring Commitment to Best Practice, both published by Palgrave. He was the editor of The Innovation for Development Report 2010–2011: Innovation as a Driver of Productivity and Economic Growth, published by Palgrave in November 2010. More recent publications include: “Fiscal Challenges After the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues” (2014), “Removing Impediments to Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Corruption” (2015) and “The Moral Dimension of the Fight Against Corruption” (2017).

You can also read here a recent article he wrote on the current debate between nationalism and global views


How we address governance says a huge amount about our implicit conceptual framework and our assumptions about the nature of man. When we reach for incentives we say we think man is intrinsically greedy and driven by self interest. But what we are assuming about power, motivation, the potential of education, the nature of the human spirit are displayed in how we regulate governance.
What are the assumptions about human beings that will allow us to create the best forms of governance?


Sean Hinton joined the Open Society Foundations in September 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of the Soros Economic Development Fund and Director of the Economic Advancement Program

Prior to this, Hinton was principal of Terbish Partners, which he founded in 2007 to provide strategic advisory services focusing on China, Mongolia, and Africa and the social and economic impact of large-scale extractive investments. He was a long-term senior advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia) and the Rio Tinto group. His other roles have included: deputy chairman of SouthGobi Resources; special advisor to the CEO of SOHO China; and chairman of China Networks.

Hinton has over 25 years of experience in China and Mongolia, where he lived from 1988 to 1995. He subsequently served as Mongolia’s first honorary consul-general in Australia.

Hinton began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company as a specialist in their media and entertainment practice. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cambridge, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute, and serves on the board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute and the international advisory board of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland.

How are the new forms of finance, such as impact investing, crowd financing affecting the relationships and priorities of stakeholders and how is governance then evolving in companies and organizations?

Jenna is the CEO of Impact Experience which facilitates convenings that build lasting relationships between investors, philanthropists, innovators, and leaders of marginalized communities — linking vision with action and directing investment to the most vulnerable communities.

Some of these issues include generating employment in marginalized communities such as retraining former coal miners in Appalachia; attracting greater pools of capital to minority and women run businesses and addressing health disparities. Jenna is also President of Phoenix Global Impact, a firm that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Through her firm, she has project managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of philanthropic foundations, divesting from investments in fossil fuels and reinvesting in new economy solutions. Jenna spoke at TedX Portland about the Divest-Invest work.

Jenna has also worked with the World Bank Treasury on green bonds and other sustainability projects and with Toniic helping to support an impact investing community. She has worked closely with the Calvert Special Equities team and is an advisor to the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Ethic, an online impact investing platform. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree during which time she also read International Development at Oxford University. Jenna is a Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA graduate, is a PD Soros Fellow for New Americans and recipient of the Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship. Jenna has also been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Jenna has special links with China and co-taught a course at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management on Business Ethics, Sustainability and Impact Investing. She is an active member of the Bahá’í Faith.


I am exploring new forms of governance for companies with the new Republik Magazine a new open-source cooperative business model that rethinks the entire concept of governance, I would like to explore what we learnt with you.

Owner of «Word and Deed», and Co-Founder at Project R & Republik Magazine, reclaiming journalism as profession creating a new business model for media companies that want to place their readers at the center.  It is structured as an open-source cooperative, where they share their knowledge, software and business insights with others who also want to create journalism projects that reinforce democracy.

Her motto is “How can I inspire you?,” as she wants companies, teams and individuals to approach innovation, collaboration and communication in new ways that are fit for the challenges of the future.

Schnetzler lives in Biel/Bienne, a bilingual city in Switzerland, with her family. She works with individuals, small teams, NGOs and big corporations on all continents. To inspire others, she searches for inspiration herself every day, in every field, using all tools and gadgets available to the curious digital nomad, and sharing her findings with her large network.

Schnetzler also has a very big passion for Baroque Music, Mexican Cuisine (as she grew up in Mexico) and her blog, Hands Off Parenting.


New governance: the need for frameworks and leadership

In a complex and changing environment, the traditional approach of leadership may be inadequate.
How to build new frameworks and how to lead and connect and empower,  be it for setting the strategy as well as in day-to-day interactions.

Lars is an advisor, keynote speaker and executive trainer on leadership, strategy, change and communication for global corporations and their leaders. He is the owner of Sudmann & Company, a consulting and management training network. Lars is drawing on his business experience (e.g. as CFO Belgium of Procter & Gamble) as well as consulting expertise with Fortune500 companies to help companies achieve better business and organizational results.

Lars Sudmann supports executive teams in times of change, strategic redirection, performance improvement, and turnaround both as an advisor as well as an operational/interim manager.

Additionally, Lars spends his time analyzing what makes businesses and individuals successful, e.g. as lecturer at the universities of Braunschweig (business leadership), Lüneburg (organizational change & virtual teams) as well as the RWTH Aachen University (innovation in communication).

He also frequently shares these insights at conferences worldwide and is the 6-times Belgian and 2-times European Champion of Public Speaking and you can watch his appearance at TEDx


Dessi Dimitrova, PhD is an Associate Director for Health Systems at the World Economic Forum.  Prior to the Forum, she served as Deputy Minister of Health and chair of the National Health Insurance Fund in Bulgaria where she managed the country’s health financing portfolio and led the pricing negotiations with provides.  Before this role Dessislava was at McKinsey & Co, the World Bank and the Brookings Institution (R4D) focusing on health insurance, mostly in emerging markets. Dessi holds a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College, MPA in Economic Policy from Princeton University and PhD in health management from Sofia University. Her professional passion is on finding innovative ways to deliver and finance universal healthcare.


How can we tap into our inner artist and the creativity and courage that brings us to implement new forms of governance in our organizations?

Alex Inchbald – extreme artist and innovation specialist
Alex Inchbald paints in extreme locations all over the world to explore what it takes to be creative everywhere: from the Olympic Downhill above Sochi, Russia to The Matterhorn, above Zermatt, Switzerland. From Mont Blanc, France to Mount Fuji, Japan – from over 3000 metres to gails of over 50 mph to snowy blizzards. These extreme experiments have led Alex to conclude:

— All breakthroughs by artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs occur in the same creative zone;
— Everyone was born with the same ability to access this creative zone;
— Visionary leaders unleash their creative spirit to such an extent the whole world becomes a blank canvas and they can create whatever they choose.

Between 2016 and 2018 alone, Alex has helped over one hundred executives and a dozen teams to articulate their purpose. He has enabled:

— Leaders to find harmony, avoid divorce, escape depression, and become CEOs;
— Teams to become more purposeful, productive, profitable, and resilient;
— Organizations to reinvent themselves, discover meaning and direction;
— Consortiums to launch that will impact the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

Alex is a cofounder of Creative Leadership Partners and lives with his beautiful wife and young family in the French Alps, just outside Geneva.


Re-thinking Governance in the Corporate World
Do corporate insitutions and governance need to evolve as society becomes increasingly inclusive of diversity? Can tech saavy, values-driven indviduals still ascribe to current definitions of profit seeking enterprises? Is it possible to link individual authenticity to static organizational goals? And what role does private enterprise have, by virtue of the human and capital resources it yields-  in shaping the global society in which it operates?

Moneshia has 25 years of experience in M&A, Alliances and Venture Investing working as a strategic management consultant, corporate development professional and strategic investor in IT and healthcare.

She most recently lead the Strategy, Alliances and Venturing team for Royal Philips Healthtech, and prior to that spent 15 years acquiring companies to drive development of new business models at IBM.

With a passion for inorganic value creation for superior performance, Moneshia has directly worked on identifying, acquiring, divesting and integrating over 30 small and medium sized companies including in India, Africa, Europe, Japan and the US . As part of bringing people and processes together in pro-bono she also worked in economic justice as part of IBMs Executive Service Corp in Taiwan, and Michael Porter’s Forestry sector team in Venezuela.

Moneshia completed her MBA at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degree in Economics from Smith College. She has lived in many of the countries in which she has worked and is an active Womens and STEM mentor, Alumni network activator, and advisor to social start ups with a global footprint.


Dr. Guitelle Sabeti has over 25 years experience in global health, with a focus on international pharmaceutical policies, good governance and strategic engagement with health partners. She negotiated and provided country support to over 50 Ministries of Health, Civil Society Organizations and development partners. She holds a Masters degree and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Grenoble as well as a Masters in Public Health from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She started her carrier in 1991 in Romania working with Pharmaciens Sans Frontières and joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1994 where she served in different locations and capacities. One of her achievements includes the initiation and development of the first global programme aimed at promoting good governance and preventing corruption in public pharmaceutical systems, by increasing transparency, accountability and promoting ethical practices. This programme is currently running in over 30 countries. Guitelle currently manages official relations with selected governments and represents WHO in political forums such as the G7 and G20


I am a Senior Analyst of 12 years with the Government of Finland on risk control in government with a special focus on fragile states and defence. Currently in advisory role with the top command of the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) and formerly with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA). Under the MFA my tasks included the critical review of Finland’s development interventions in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With the FDF I am tasked to conduct reviews on a range of core and supportive functions of the FDF. Having witnessed first-hand the undefeated spirit of the people of Afghanistan and some 25 fragile states, the passion to build sustainable nations lingers on.


James has over 25 years experience as an executive and consultant helping companies grow faster. Of the many methods he has used, the most exciting are those that engage all employees in financial management, creating more sustainable and higher performance enterprise.


From Anti-Corruption preaching to corruption fighting, I am committed in developing institutional accountability framework embracing soft and hard components of Fraud and Corruption prevention and control.

With 30 years of experience in the Humanitarian sector, at senior management level, I have actively contributed to strategic development, policy creation & implementation, network empowerment and compliance enforcement requiring travel to 90+ countries on all continents.


Eoin McCarthy is part of the leadership group at Quakers and Business.   Over 30 years, Eoin consulted and coached In Europe, the Middle East, the USA and China.   He is an experienced Chairman, non-executive director, and CEO, with over 30 years boardroom service with seven organizations.  He participated in, or led six successful start-ups.  Eoin is a certified deliverer of ethicability® masterclasses, Myers Briggs, Steps I & II; Leadership Development Framework; and regularly uses discernments from Enneagram in the Worldwide Tradition in his work.  As founding MD of the Aston Reinvestment Trust, and in other roles, Eoin worked during 10 years with Sir Adrian Cadbury, Chair of The Cadbury Report on Corporate Governance 1992.


I’m a co-founder of GenerativeWork.Space, which develops new approaches to conscious leadership and culture through coaching, training and facilitation. A regular contributor to Conscious Business platforms, I have a deep belief that organisations can serve the whole of life: individuals, communities and ecosystems. GenerativeWork draws on Systemic Coaching, Organisational Constellations, Theory U and Mindfulness Practices to inspire and support life-affirming action in work. A key aspect of this approach is the capacity to hold difficult or uncertain spaces and an ability to read the dynamics live in the room to cultivate trust and allow new possibilities to be created.

I have been a Systemic Coach and Facilitator since 2008, following a 20 year career in Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement. I’ve held a particular interest in working with entrepreneurs and social or environmental purpose organisations but feel the key shift now is for all business to have a deeper awareness of its purpose and impact. I was a founding Director of Forest Row Energy Co-operative Ltd, a community energy company.

Find me on LinkedIN


Carmen Pipola is a 100 % entrepreneur. She started her career in the finance/accounting sector. Having worked for Ernst & Young – she soon became a young CFO of a shipping company – leading branches in Greece, Iran, UK, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, USA, Turkey and India. In 1994 she started her entrepreneurship with the first acquisition of a chemical production company (www.loba.ch). In 2001 she opened her own tax consultancy office near Basel which she sold successfully in 2015 in order to become a consultant for entrepreneurs. On her journey she developed her expertise through different seminars and courses focussing on organisational development, transformation coaching and spiritual healing. Her main ambition is to support entrepreneurs to live their values and to be successful. She is a certified Master trainer in systemic constellation work that she has used since 20 years in different projects for her clients. She will demonstrate the power of this tool in her workshop


I define my personal purpose as creating the possibilities and the space for people to live closer to their potential at work and elsewhere. If you do what you always did you will get what you always got. This is your comfort zone. If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. Get out of your comfort zone. My background is in Information Technology. Today I help companies overcoming the illusion of control so that the available energy is redirected towards increased performance and engaged, self-organized, winning teams.


I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol. My doctoral research aims to provide insight into emerging alternative modes of human organising – those which might broadly be described as processes and forms of self-organisation. Among other things, I am interested in re-imagining democratic practices within business and in wider collective to bring together people across difference.


 Iko Congo has been involved with ebbf since 2013. After a period of service at the Baha’i World Centre, the spiritual and administrative centre of the worldwide Baha’i community, he studied Business Administration at Lancaster University graduating with first honours.
For the past 5 years he has been participating and facilitating courses of the Ruhi Institute which propel the process of community building, and associated process of learning of how to contribute to the advancement of civilization,  which the worldwide Baha’i community is dedicated to.
He was an avid participant of the seminars of the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity, worked for Aldi UK and is currently undertaking a Master’s in Politics, Philosophy and Management at Lancaster University after which he will move to Angola to work for McKinsey & Company.
Iko, with a group of friends, is looking at how to elevate the field of business by exploring its intellectual foundations.


Mr. Naylor has created and successful ran multiple for-profit and non-profit Baha’i inspired ventures, most notably Nancy Campbell Academy which is a Baha’i inspired high school in Canada that has been in operation for 20+ years. His goal is to inspire beauty in all things, which includes his business that he uses to fund his non-profit ventures. As a former NSA member of Canada he strives daily to manage the governance of his ventures and align them with the Universal House of Justice letters. He recently focused his attention on the March 1, 2017 letter and striving to learn how it applies to his businesses.


Christopher’s overarching purpose is: to enable human emergence, in support of one viable planet, where humanity chooses to be the guardian of effective ecosystem processes.
Recognised for his pioneering international application of Integral theory and practice since 1998, Christopher facilitates, coaches, educates, and advises thought leaders who recognise that to thrive on this planet requires a major leap to more complexity-aware thinking.
The good news is that this more integral / holistic, complexity-aware, capacity has been mapped scientifically, as emerging for the past 100 years, and that a primary task of governance is to learn to utilise it! Most forms of current governance exclude and remove any signs!
As a co-founder of 3LM, the Savory Network hub for the British Isles, Christopher’s aim is to release a natural societal shift to regenerative food and fibre. This is being achieved through holistically oriented practice and policy. Why use the term holistic? Because this communicates that this new thinking, which appreciates how nature functions in wholes, is latent in our species and that we are literally learning to utilise this new self awareness and collective meaning making capacity that is naturally ethical for all-of-life!


Maja Groff is an international lawyer based in The Hague, assisting in the development and servicing of international multilateral treaties, working with diverse governments around the world. She works on existing and potential global treaties addressing areas of child law, issues disproportionately affecting women (including violence against women and human trafficking), persons with disabilities, access to legal information and other topics. She conducts liaison work with international professional associations, NGOs and other international organisations (including various U.N. bodies), and has played a key role in the co-ordination of a range of international conferences and expert groups. She contributes to a process of facilitating dialogue and legal cooperation with countries with or influenced by Islamic legal traditions. She holds degrees from McGill (civil law and common law), Oxford (M.Sc.) and Harvard Universities (A.B.), and is an attorney admitted to practice in the state of New York. She serves on the United Nations Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and is a member of the Advisory Boards of BCorp Europe and ebbf, organisations devoted to ethical business.


Ralph is a consultant focussing on leadership, an associate at business schools, a sought after keynote speaker and a whole systems event facilitator.
He has been privileged to work with senior leaders and teams in global businesses across seven sectors, and with CSO’s and governments.

He speaks at corporate events and conferences and has presented in 16 countries to diverse audiences. Once described as a “business guru, leadership guide and forward thinker …” Ralph prefers to say he is fortunate to be inspired by wonderful experiences and people, and that his gift is to tell compelling stories that entertain, challenge and provoke questions.

Ralph lives in Portugal with his artist wife and has two wonderful adult children. He is an active ebbf member, musician, keen gardner, and has recently rediscovered the pain and pleasures of riding a bike.

….. Ralph on LinkedIN


A founder member of the ebbf and a social activist working for the betterment of humanity. Wendi Momen’s key focus is on the advancement of women and their participation in decision-making at all levels, on sustainable living and on social justice. She is Secretary-General of ebbf, board member of UN Women UK National Committee, a Trustee of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, Trustee of the Bedford Council of Faiths, a Non-Executive Director of NHS Bedfordshire, co-founder of Advance and a board member of Naserian.

Program  17th to 20th May

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9 reasons why people come


Because it is an ebbf event.
With over 20 speakers and learnshops to choose from, over a three-day ebbf experience,
surrounded by like-minded pioneers from around the world with whom to explore without fear nor limitations what will allow ethical business to build the future. Our ethical business.


“I invite not only my team but also customers to ebbf learning events because having a shared experience in learning, makes it so much easier to build unity of vision. The result of that is unity of action. Really effective, joyful and a great learning experience.”
Sjoerd Luteyn – CEO at Soul.Com, Netherlands


“It is a time of profound change for many of the global organisations we work with. Me and team found the ebbf events a rich environment to explore new trends and build ideas on how we can better serve society through the work we do. The diversity of experience and the participants hopeful outlook made this a wonderful opportunity for us to think new thoughts and dream new dreams.”
Kami Lamakan – Principal at The Loop, UK


To bring back to my workplace fresh, innovative ideas of how to implement successful governance that works for my organization and for myself. Finding people at the event that I can walk that journey with.


Because Governance is the pillar that will sustain organizations fit for the 21s century that we should explore.


The international spread, quality and passion of the group of like minded people who attend these events. The humble yet determined posture of learning of participants.


Because ebbf has been improving its events for over 25 years to create unique interactive learning experiences that elevate our perception of our roles in our workplaces and allow deep and meaningful transformation to occur.


“From many different events and conferences I have been on, I have a feeling that ebbf ones have the biggest impact on me. And I was thinking that it is probably because people I meet there share the same values and want to make a difference.”
Natalija Gnezdova


“It was an amazing conference, the quality is very very high. ebbf is a great soil of cultivating great and inspiring business ideas… I LOVE IT and then put it into practice”
Nauman and Anila Hussain

Below the views of just a few of the already registered participants

Choose between these parallel sessions

Friday morning learnshops

You can now choose between these five interactive learnshops

1. Nadja Schnetzer

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

2. Sam Karvonen

Bottom up governance/Lessons-learnt from Fragile States

3. James Jennings 

Aligned Human Networks

An interactive learnshop that will allow you to deepen with James the concepts he exposed in his morning keynote

4. Carmen Pipola
Systemic constellation work – a powerful tool to establish new ways of decision-making and action

Every system has its own laws and rules that impact everything. In this workshop you will learn to be aware of these laws. Systemic constellation work is a powerful solution-oriented tool to understand and use the laws constructively to change a system. It supports the opening of human minds and perceptions in order to understand the impact of action and reaction inside a system. Furthermore it helps discovering and resolving the root causes for conflicts in organisations.

You will leave the workshop with a wider understanding for system effectiveness and you get a simple and powerful tool to create an impact. Understanding the system laws will change your behaviour and awareness in your daily life.

5. Moneshia Zu Sitz
Re thinking Governance in the Corporate World (to foster Diversity and Inclusion)


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. Jelena Hercberga

What business can learn from radical democracy?

The economy of the common good as an alternative to neoliberalism has been highly praised for its just, humane, cooperative, ecological and democratic principles of running and organising business.

However, is it really democratic? Is the politics of the common good the way to go if we want to create a more just workplace? What is good?

Your definition of it might be dramatically different from your colleague’s, let alone from the company’s top management’s vision. If we to develop companies that place common good above profits, we need to take into account complexity of this concept. How do we go about it?

The school of radical democracy might be of help. It argues that the common good is not possible as it can never be completely inclusive. Radical democrats suggest that any consensus, that the common good is an example of, is always political, i.e. it represents interests of a certain group of people and excludes others.

Radical democrats put difference and contingency that comes with it at the heart of a political debate. Their approach to creating a just society is through enabling different voices to be heard without prejudice and judgement. Radical democracy sees any knowledge as socially constructed, which challenges the validity of any strict definition and calls for seeing this world, our relations with it, as well as ourselves in it as in an ongoing state of becoming. As such, it is not so much about defining what the common good is, but creating conditions when this common good could be contested and therefore complemented from various positions. And it is not so much about creating new forms of governance and ways of organising, but shifting our perception of how we see the different and the other, both in society, but also in business.

By drawing on the concept of radical democracy, I will explore together with the participants of the conference how principles of contingency and becoming can be applied in the corporate world.

3. Mahmud Samandari

Diffused Governance – improving the governance and interdependence of ebbf’s local activities

Looking at the expansion of ebbf local activities to 15 cities around the world, what have we learnt about the governance of such a diffused system? How can we improve the interactions and interconnections between ebbf’s current local activities and increase their reach?

4. Kurt Specht

Governance in distributed social and economic networks

Traditional command & control top down management styles and approaches do not work well in a decentralized world. New forms of economic and social networks are emerging such as Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAO). In a more and more networked environment with distributed organizations we need to apply decentralized governance structures & tools. The governance of these networks and organizations is based on advanced technologies such as the Blockchain technology. Blockchain can disrupt traditional governance structures, and challenge the way we currently think about governance as there will be no more centralized legal entity. This keynote is exploring governance in the dawn of these disrupting types of organizations and networks. The session is aiming at igniting the discussion about future social interactions in organizational models that are yet to be fully defined, understood and used in practice.

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.


Saturday morning – parallel sessions

You can now choose between these five interactive learnshops

1. Lars Sudmann

Governance & Innovation: enabler or barrier

An interactive learnshop designed to deepen our understanding and application of some of the concepts mentioned in the earlier keynote by Lars.

2. Christopher Cooke

From the Soil to the Stomach to the Soul – The Craft of Governance from an Holistic Stance

The holistic worldview – what it means and how it shows naturally in ebbf and how it forms part of a process of the human species re-cognizing the path of spirit and the invitation of communion with Spirit, not as and end but as a start of our species viability; How a process oriented, holistically informed, form of governance provides the opportunity for the release of significant human creativity. How this takes us into a space where no best practice yet exists, yet there are many examples of where an ethical alignment with all aspects of life, has led to outperformance and a regenerative social, economic and ecological legacy. The session will include an interactive whole group experience to allow the audience to explore their own analysis of the deeper dynamics of worldviews and the necessity for new thinking. The learnshop will go deeper into an appreciation of the 4 ecosystem processes that describe how all-life sustains, and how the ability to sense and monitor ecosystem processes may be used to navigate effectively towards ecological outcomes that recover and regenerate life on Earth. Christopher suggests that this work offers a most profound addition to all forms of Quality Assurance.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Eoin McCarthy and Sarah James

Tools for Better Decisions: How to use Quaker Business Method, Theory U and Systemic Constellations for collective decision-making

Conscious business practice requires us to have regard for the whole of the system and to make decisions that work for the good of all. Yet in many organisations, those with the loudest voices get to call the shots. This 90-minute interactive workshop introduces a blend of time-honoured and modern tools for harvesting collective wisdom. We invite you to bring one of your own current decisions to the session so that we get these support tools off the page and into practice.

Working in small groups, and using Spiral Dynamics as a paradigm, we’ll explore 3 processes that deepen our capacities for working together to help us make better decisions:

• How do I act for the good of the whole? Each group will decide which individual issue they will hold and work on collectively, using tools from the Quaker Business Method. Successfully used in organisations for over 350 years, QBM helps reach decisions that everyone can agree to, without people feeling unheard
• Am I listening with open heart, open mind and open will? As each group considers the decision they must make, we’ll practice different levels of listening, as the foundational capacity in Theory U (the latest in business thinking from MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
• Can we tune in to the collective field? Each group will listen in to the whole system by taking part in Systemic Constellations, a powerful mapping process using embodied intelligence.

We will discover how each of these approaches extends our capacity to listen – to ourselves, to others, and to the whole field of life. We will learn how multi-sensory and multi-dimensional listening can support us to make better decisions, most especially in critical issues of governance that affect the whole organisation.

A Plenary Conversation will conclude our session. What have we seen and experienced that we can take away? What further questions are we holding?


6. Garance Choko

Reversing the Decision Making Process

I’ll present lessons from the application of a unique participatory management strategy in 1) the redesign of a national health care system in a European country and 2) the overhaul of the national administration for a large sub-Saharan country that results in increased efficiency, trust and team engagement, and improved outcomes.

This values-based strategy is predicated on three principles: a systemic approach, participatory problem solving, and harnessing the power of the collective intelligence of a group to drive design and strategy. It subverts more traditional management and decision making processes that position the nominal leaders of private and public institutions as the strategists and enforcers and staff and middle management as the executors of orders from above.

By applying these principles, we engage everyone with an active stake in the long-term sustainability of its solution. By vigorously mapping the groups, agents, and elements that are crucial to a system’s functioning, dynamics, and structure we equalize formal and informal knowledge – expanding the potential for inventive ideas exponentially.

Finally, we extract, harness, and incorporate local knowledge at all stages of a project’s life cycle to develop and deepen concepts, analyze problems, prototype and implement actual solutions, and evaluate their success.

I have witnessed a positive shift in internal governance that occurs when decision-makers give staff the charge to lead the design and strategy process predicated on their in-depth knowledge of the relevance of organizational strategy to the day-to-day operation of the enterprise.

When the staff is leading the problem solving process and decision makers become ambassadors and support these ideas as opposed to dictating them, it engenders a culture of trust and inspiration that leads to greater corporate and organizational resilience over time.

Conference Prices

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They include entry to all the over 20 sessions of this global event that ebbf has been repeating and improving for the last 28 years , creating a truly unique learning experience. We keep conference prices to a minimum thanks to generous donations and to ensure as wide an access as possible.

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SPECIAL repeat event attendee Rate (ended 30th Oct)€ 115€ 600€ 115€ 700
Early Bird Discounted Rate (ended 15th March)€ 130€ 600€ 190€ 700
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