ebbf's 30th international annual learning event - Lisbon

Rethinking Success

a Way to Save the Planet and Ourselves

we welcome you to a four-day expedition to rethink success
ebbf’s 30th annual conference in collaboration with the IEF

It is evident that chasing the wrong kind of success has created many of the issues we are facing today. In this four day expedition we will encourage universal participation to explore together and create new kinds of success factors, new aims and goals that will allow us to focus our energies and those of our colleagues and partners to create ethical business that will build the future, the more prosperous, just and sustainable future that is still within our reach, but we have little precious time left to make it happen, together.
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What does success mean to me?
What kind of success is the ideal one for my organization?
What does a successful new economic system look like?
What does success for our planet require?

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This will be ebbf’s 30th international learning event and a special one to be sharing the practical experiences of the global diverse group of participants attending, together with elevated conversations that open our minds and break down old patterns to what is possible.
We will provide the ingredients to the art that ebbf has crafted over its 30 years of experience in creating these learning leading to action experiences.

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“I come to ebbf to refresh my thinking, to create a new level of energy and to find new and much-needed ideas and processes that I can then go an implement in my organization the following week.”  ( View here video testimonials from past events )
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The event will take place in Lisbon.

Registrations will open at 16:00 on Thursday the 14th of May 2020 and the expedition will end after lunch on Sunday the 17th of May 2020

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REGISTER NOW – ONLY A FEW TICKETS LEFT 

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“The time has come, then, to craft new narratives of ourselves and our societies—narratives that define different standards of success and wellbeing and assist those at all levels of affluence to construct more noble patterns of living and being together. Patterns which exalt the strength of community ties over the strength of quarterly earnings reports, which reward the depth of our commitment to universal wellbeing not the depth of our pockets, and which value the spirit of service rather than charisma.”

Bahai International Community at the United Nations – A perspective


“The perpetuation of ignorance is a most grievous form of oppression; it reinforces the many walls of prejudice that stand as barriers to the realization of the oneness of humankind at once the goal and the operating principle…”

“Access to knowledge is the right of every human being, and participation in its generation, application and diffusion a responsibility that all must shoulder in the great enterprise of building a prosperous world civilization…”

“…supporting one another and advancing together, respectful of the knowledge that each one possesses at any given moment…” 

“each individual according to his or her talents and abilities. 
Justice demands universal participation.”

Universal House of Justice Letter of April 2010

Speakers & Contributors

Considering this will be a very special 30th anniversary event, we are brining together some of the best speakers from past editions and new faces bringing relevant innovation and questions to explore the theme of this event.

Below just the first confirmed speakers in a long list of contributors to new thinking and experiences that we will be updating soon.

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AVAH DARLING-DONNELLY

I am a 15 year old Canadian who is interested in the state of the world and how we as a society could be thriving in diversity, actively exploring the ways in which we can come together and unite towards common goals. I strive to create projects and dedicate what I do towards improving ourselves and changing our mindsets so that we can have the tools to create better communities starting from the grassroots. Recently I have been travelling around the world, interviewing people on the topic of a reform of the UN, new forms of global governance and finding out how the world works. I enjoy projects and the arts, specially music, acting, writing, trying to use all these things to explore and interest others in co-creating purposeful projects. I strongly believe that youth has a role to play in dreaming and applying new forms of success and that right now the world has not find a way to connect with the youth, to make them part of the solution.
I aim to explore and present at the conference ways to build those bridges and create common paths of understanding and action that include youth.


SHANE TEDJARATI

Shane Tedjarati is responsible for driving Honeywell’s business expansion in High Growth Regions of the world: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Tedjarati has been instrumental in engineering Honeywell’s success story, starting in China and India, and expanding globally to the High Growth Regions of the world where today Honeywell drives the majority of its growth.
Tedjarati accumulated more than 20 years of consulting experience in various industries. Before coming to Honeywell, he was the regional managing director for Deloitte Consulting (Greater China), where he worked with Chinese stated-owned enterprises and multi-national corporations to help them formulate and execute strategies for sustainable growth in China and abroad.
Tedjarati is a Henry Crown Fellow of Aspen Institute and also the co-founder of its Middle East Leadership Initiative and China Fellowship Program; special advisor to Chongqing and Wuhan Mayors; and industry Co-chair of the dual master’s degree program by MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on a broad range of topics related to globalization.
Tedjarati is an avid aviator. He has lived in China for more than 20 years and speaks six languages.


LAYLI MILLER-MURO
Layli Miller-Muro is the founder of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization that uses legal services and public policy to assist immigrant women and girls trying to escape situations of danger and violence through immigration. She founded the organization after a high-profile case in which she defended a woman fleeing genital mutilation and polygamous marriage. The 1997 case would go on to set a national precedent for using gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum. Miller-Muro funded the center using her share of the profits from a book she and her client co-authored, titled ‘Do They Hear You When You Cry?’ 

Over the past decade, Miller-Muro has been tirelessly working to expand the Tajirih Justice Center, helping over 14,000 women in the process.

You can see here her TEDX talk dedicated to innovation and justice.


SEAN HINTON

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.


NISHAT RUITER

Nishat Ruiter is General Counsel of TED conferences, a nonprofit organization that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Through creativity, and a deep respect for TED’s mission, Nishat’s work is centered on ensuring that TED’s legal requirements are met through a combination of practical and creative solutions that meets its needs, while still retaining the authentic TED voice across every area where possible. Prior to TED she worked at software technology companies, financial services and in private practice for 20 years as corporate counsel managing legal teams, counseling on licensing and advising on intellectual property and compliance issues. Inspired by a Bahá’í perspective on things, she loves resolving the most complex problems with an elegant solution, but always with coffee on hand. She enjoys music, tennis, hosting Spiritual Cafes in her community to foster meaningful conversations, and finding connectedness with people from all walks of life.


ARASH AAZAMI

Arash Aazami is half Dutch, half Persian and grew up in Niger,
He is an entrepreneur, system innovator and free thinker. He studied jazz and rock guitar at conservatory and worked as a musician, and then founded, failed and succeeded at multiple startups in IT before he found his calling in the energy sector in 2006. He became director of an energy supplier, developed radically different business models and founded the world’s first “energy independence company” in 2010, which earned more as it sold less energy. He gained international attention when his work was awarded by MIT in 2014. In 2015 Arash founded Kamangir. His team of scientists, philosophers and creatives design the foundation for our future energy system, developing long-term visions, strategies and disruptive innovations for generations to come. His credo: Dream. Develop. Do.


DOROTHY MARCIC

Dr. Marcic is a former professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and former Director of Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development. She is the author of 12 published books on women, values-based organizations, and management. Previously, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, teaching MBA students and practicing managers. During the past 25 years, Dorothy has conducted over 2000 keynote addresses and seminars on topics such as leadership, women and leadership, business ethics, and high-performing organizations, including topics on her book, Managing with the Wisdom of Love: Uncovering Virtue in People and Organizations. As a consultant, she has worked with executives at Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola Corp, AT&T Bell Labs; the Governor and Cabinet of North Dakota; the US Department of State; and Hallmark Corporation. She has worked with health care organizations in the US and Latin America and served as a faculty member in Health Administration. While in Europe, she served as advisor to the US Ambassador of the Czech Republic and was a delegate to the UN Economic and Social Develop Summit in Copenhagen. In 2008 she will be delegate to the UN Commission on the Status on Women.


ARTHUR DAHL

Arthur Lyon Dahl is a board member of ebbf, President of the International Environment Forum, and a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he was Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch, and founding Director of the Coral Reef Unit. He is a frequent consultant on sustainability, environmental assessment and indicators to the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, UNESCO and UNEP. He was Visiting Professor, University of Brighton, and for 13 years has taught in advanced studies courses in sustainable development and environmental diplomacy at the University of Geneva and other universities. He has published over 200 papers and reports, and books including “The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis”, and more recently “In Pursuit of Hope”.


MAJA GROFF

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.


JAMES JENNINGS
“Success for my whole career has been helping good people succeed. The more years I work, the broader the scope of success and deeper its foundation.”

For over 25 years, James Jennings has been helping companies grow faster. With half his career as a consultant and half in executive roles, James has seen and addressed the same problems in company after company and observed that they never stay fixed. This led him to believe the problems have deeper roots in mistakes and omissions in the underlying assumptions of organization, business, economics, and human nature. Interspersed with client work, he has been exploring new insights and perspectives that have practical application to improve organizational and business performance and make life better for people.

Recently, he took a break from other people’s business to make maple syrup at his sugarhouse in Vermont and import it to Switzerland, where he lives most of the year.

James has worked in coffee, renewable energy, weight management, telecommunications, automotive, financial services, hospitality, business machines, retail energy utilities, healthcare, supercomputers, food service, and market research. He coaches humanitarian hackathon teams on renewable energy, the global obesity epidemic, and reforestation. James lives in Lausanne Switzerland. He degrees from Grinnell College and Cornell University and has studied at the University of Freiburg and the University of St Gallen.


HALLDÓR THORGEIRSSON

Halldór is the Chair of the Icelandic Climate Council. Before retiring in 2018 he served in strategic positions at the UN Climate Change Secretariat for fourteen years. This included managing substantive support to climate change negotiations during a pivotal period of transformation in the global climate regime culminating in the Paris Agreement in 2015. In that capacity he was engaged on forging deeper partnerships with the leadership of business and the conception of the global climate action agenda. He has a scientific background on ecosystem function with focus on carbon and nutrient cycling and participated in international negotiation on Arctic issues, oceans and chemical management.



SYLVIA KARLSSON-VINKHUYZEN

Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen works as Assistant Professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University and Adjunct Professor in Global Environmental Governance with the University of Helsinki, Finland. Sylvia has a master’s degree in biology from Uppsala University and a PhD in political science from Linköping University (both Sweden)

Sylvia strives to give both natural and social science students opportunities to understand the actors, mechanisms and processes of global governance and to reflect on what role they could have in such processes. In her research she seeks to understand the key determinants of what makes global public governance processes exert influence and build legitimacy where issues such as transparency, participation, accountability and equity are important. She has publishes in a wide range of academic journals but also writes policy briefs and her own blog.


VAHID MASROUR

“Success: Contributing to the emergence of a world civilization from wherever i am,
and growing as an individual in that process.”

A world-citizen that has resided in 7 countries (and counting!), I was originally trained as an organizational psychologist. I’ve since worked in non-profit and for-profit as a project manager in organizations such as the Wikipedia Education Program at Wikimedia Foundation.
Currently I am interested in a couple of questions:
1) What should 21st-century education systems look like?
And 2) How can we cultivate the mindsets for world-civilization building?

I am currently delivering training in Anello & Hernández’s Transformative Leadership model, and coordinating the Rethink Success inquiry for ebbf, propelling the generation of collective knowledge around this critical topic.


ALEX CABON

“SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES both at individual and community level
Success for me is the accomplishment of my personal aim while making sure that my family and community ́s purpose is also being contemplated. The unity of mankind respecting its diversity will be manifest once we can all be building together an evolutive common global vision and take it into consideration for our personal decisions.”

Alex Cabon is responsible for driving Digigram’s business expansion in Latin America and for the diversification of clients from broadcast to new industries all around the world. With more than 12 years experience in sales, coaching and consulting in various industries, before coming to Digigram, he worked 5 years as an independent speaker and coach in Brazil as well as MBA professor.

Before that he was a manager at PwC UK responsible for Latin America where he helped many multinational corporations.
Alex has founded and been president of Toastmasters International Club and also president of the board of advisor to AIESEC in many countries.

He is a frequent guest lecturer on a broad range of topics related to success and fulfillment.

Alex is passionate about sports like crossfit, volleyball and tennis. He has lived in France, Uk, Mexico, Brazil and Uganda and delivered workshops to over 35 countries in the 4 fluent languages that he speaks.

Flow of the Expedition to Rethink Success

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Before we can start to Rethink Success, we need to first open our minds to perhaps never thought before concept of success, opening our minds and deepening our understanding of success, its underlying assumptions, and the outcomes it creates and that we wish it to create.
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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16:00 – Registrations Open

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17:30 – Start of the Conference: Welcome and opening introduction to the event by ebbf Chair Wendi Momen and IEF President Arthur Dahl
Introducing the event’s “Rethink Success Expedition Manifesto”
We then ask the fundamental starting questions Why are we all here? What do we aim for in this four-day expedition?
Setting the scene for an immersive learning experience.
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18:00  – Extending our horizons Keynote: Arthur Dahl, “Rethinking success – Unity: Indicator of True Success”.
Exploring both global conditions for success in responding to the climate catastrophe and the biodiversity crisis, and their implications for a responsible lifestyle. Success is coherence between our values and our actions in a harmony between science and spirituality, navigating difficult times with constructive forms of service and hope in the future.
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18:30
 – First meaningful conversations ensuring universal accompanied participation, 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:
 find a “message in the bottle” from 30 years ago, when ebbf held its first annual event and another from 30 years in the future:
a quote, a question, a quest for your dinner conversations.

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20:30Learning Process Keynote: Vahid Masrour, What we learnt about success in first six months
The opportunity to hear highlights of what has emerged from the first six months of the new ebbf learning process launched in December and setting the scene for the learnshop where we decide together how to use and progress those insights on success.

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20:45 – Triad Conversations: our personal highlights of success over the last 30 years
Learning from each other, what have been some of the most defining moments of “success” in our last 30 years?
Personal reflections connected to the world’s evolution around us.

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21:15 – Sharing a global view of success over a 30 year horizon 
A plenary dynamic to visualise what kinds of success highlights have emerged in our first conversations.
Creating a broad overview and a deeper understanding of our, our organizations’ and society’s descriptions of success.

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09:00 – Morning Inspirationals
We take you into an immersive experience to elevate our minds and start meaningful conversations in a new direction

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09:10 – Feed Forward and Opening 
We start DAY 2, reflecting on what emerged yesterday and setting the scene for the key elements of the day.
The event’s “Rethink Success Expedition Manifesto” will be used to guide our principles of universal active learning.

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09:30 – Inspirational Keynote: Avah Darling-Donnelly,  Building the two way bridge between youth and “adults”
What are the views of a 16 year old and of her school friends on success, and on how we can achieve it together?
How can we progress from a dualistic and often conflicting vision of whose responsibility it is to create a better future, Avah will share her insights into a new way to integrate experience, passion, joy and effectiveness to create new models of exploration, learning and action.
Moving from divided and divisive assignment of blames and responsibility to a new model of integrated action and reflection.

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10:00 – Deepening rethink success session
How can we address the three questions the speaker offered us? What single concepts have emerged from this morning’s session?
Truly understanding and connecting words and concepts to my personal area of life and influence.

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10:50 – Presentation of parallel learnshops
The four parallel session facilitators introduce their sessions to allow us to choose what experience is most relevant for us now.

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11:00 – Coffee Break

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11:30 – Parallel Sessions Part I
Choose one of four 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. ( description of sessions will follow soon  )

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13:00 – Lunch

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14:30 – Inspirational Keynote: Layli Miller-Muro, Reexamining Justice
What does success look like in the context of pursuing justice?
Is the goal to punish someone or is the goal unity?
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14:45 – Systemic application a new forms of success
In three dynamic rounds of interactions you will be able to explore elements, conditions and applications of new forms of success at the personal, organizational, societal, planetary levels:
R1: What new elements of success have emerged from this first day together?
R2: What conditions needed to reach this type of success have emerged?
R3: What is the application of this/these conditions be applied on a personal, organizational, societal, planetary level?

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16:30 – Coffee Break

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17:00 – Keynoters’ views – pose your challenge, hear new approaches
We give you the opportunity to post your challenge or new idea to a panel of keynoters and then hear from them live their own approaches and views, broadening our views on success.
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18:00 IEF Annual General Meeting 

Open to any event participant interested in the present and future plans and activities of the organization.

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19:00 – Dinner

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20:30 – Open reflection time

Each participant is given a number of possible evening program options that they can experience with personal down time, small group reflections, study of the Writings, larger group interactions or even then new “purposeless walk & talk” session : you choose what fits you best this evening.

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09:00 – Morning Inspirationals
We take you into an immersive experience to elevate our minds and start meaningful conversations in a new direction

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09:10 – Check in & Feed forward, what happened yesterday? What do we want to see happening in our expedition today?

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09:30 – Inspirational Keynote Shane Tedjarati – the evolution of success in and around a multinational
What have been some of the key evolutions of the concept of success that have surrounded and influenced the life of decision makers in multinational companies? Decisions and directions are not set in isolation but influenced by the changing environment that surrounds each person and company.
What have we learnt? What should we aim for in our futures?
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10:00 – UN-conference Session Part 1
A destructured part of this four day expedition where we make the decisions.
At this time of my personal and our collective expedition to rethink success, this is the time to voice our burning questions, what do I want to discuss with this community, taking into consideration the work and ideas that have emerged in the past two days?
Identifying key elements, gathering like minded people to explore them, getting practical ideas and elevated concept to help us progress.

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11:00 Learning Coffee Break

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11:30 – UN-conference Session Part 2
Going deeper, second part of this destructured part of our four day expedition.
What are the experiments that have emerged and that are most alive right now and that I want to engage and explore with the community?

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12:30  Plenary Sharing of UN-conference Outcomes
What have been some of the most interesting experiments and personal / group learnings?

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13:00 – Lunch

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14:30 – Inspirational Keynote, Sean Hinton. Redefining success, improving the world by justice & unity

Success is making decisions that contribute to the betterment of the world by advancing justice and promoting unity, that coherently integrate our ideals and our actions, and that leave positive traces for future generations to build on.
How can we successfully make the link between success, justice and unity?

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15:10 – Meaningful Conversation: what stands out for me from that keynote and approach? What is useful?

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15:15 – Parallel Sessions Part II
Choose one of four 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. ( description of sessions to appear soon below )

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17:00 – Coffee Break

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17:30 – ebbf’s 30th Annual General Meeting

What has been last year and will be looking forward, the role of ebbf to accompany you forward?

Learn of and approve last year’s annual report / voting the ebbf governing board.
Co-creating with you plans and practical tools that should accompany you and the global ebbf community this coming year.

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19:30 – Dinner

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21:00 – Celebratory Show – living success over 30 years by off-Broadway producer Dorothy Marcic 

A celebration of ebbf’s last 30 years in images, music and dancing – rethinking success over 30 years.

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We want to move away from thinking of “what actions am I going to take next week” to instead bring about an awareness of a new time horizon, of new capacities and awareness, of a fresh desire to start experiments, not alone but accompanied by this global community.
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09:30 – Fast Forward of what we have put in our (virtual) bag so far, harvesting ideas, learnings and experiments.

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09:45 – Inspirational Keynote by Nishat Ruiter – Rethinking Success: Debate vs. Consultation
What are current models of decision making and advocacy missing in business settings, organizations and community gatherings?
Is there a way to ensure respect, truthfulness and diversity, and how is that possible?
An exploration of why consultation is needed in today’s decision making environments to ensure a clearer, concise and unifying level of engagement that employs the heart and mind in the process.

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10:30 – Interactive universal participation session – changing horizons from tomorrow, to life, starting experiments with a new frame of mind.
What am I still missing and need to start my experiments, to maintain my new awareness of success and of the elements that form it?
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 – Dynamic Speakers’ views – event speakers share their personal evolution through this four day expedition
Event speakers will share in which ways their personal view of success, their mindset and attitude has evolved during this four day expedition
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12:00 – Inspirational Closing Keynote: “an Arthur Dahl special” summary of a four day expedition to rethink success

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12:30 – Circle of insights
A collective sharing of what participants have gained, how successful have they been and sharing with the world the learning and evolution of this expedition.

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13:00 – Final Lunch and good byes


Conference & Hotel Prices

We keep conference prices to a minimum thanks to generous donations and to ensure as wide an access as possible.

Full 3-day Conference Tickets – Accesss to all sessions
(EXCLUDES accommodation and meals)
MembersNon-members
SPECIAL repeat event attendee Rate (ended 30th Oct)€ 115€ 115
Early Bird Rate ( ended 28th February )€ 130€ 190
Standard Rate€ 190€ 250

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(INCLUDES both accommodation and all meals)

– Hotel SINGLE per person per night  – 108 euros
– Hotel SHARED TWIN room per person per night – 72 euros
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HOTEL CANCELLATION FEES:
up to 14th April 50% refund 
from 14th April onwards, no refund is possible 

Event Location

Hotel Real Oeiras
Rua Álvaro Rodrigues de Azevedo, nº 5
2770-197 Paço d’ Arcos
Portugal

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