Click to view a storyboard showing the flow of the event through some of the tweets of participants using the #ebbfjustice hashtag

Click here to download event keynotes from ebbf’s slideshare channel
View photos from the event on ebbf’s Facebook Photo Album page

Below a few of the protagonists of the over 30 sessions we enjoyed at the event. These and other presenters sparked new thinking and dynamic meaningful conversations on very different topics relating to the theme of justice in your workplace:
TOP ROW: Prabhu Guptara,  Monique BlokzylGundhild HoenigBob Rosenfeld , Jelena HercbergaKami Lamakan.
SECOND ROW: Dorothy Marcic, Paddy HonanDanielle PeeAlan McShane, Helena Perez, and Anne Mpinga .
BOTTOM ROW: Daryn DobsonJenna NicholasMarc Avanzo, Shiny Xuan Feng, Helen Morley, Ralph Blundell.

#ebbfjustice selected speakersebbf events are noted for their stimulating and challenging content and our learnshops are both practical and motivational. For many participants our events are a springboard to more productive and meaningful work.
We aim to continue our tradition of thought leadership and groundbreaking business learning through over 30 inspiring speakers learnshop sessions at our annual conference in October. We will focus on how the concept of justice applies to work and in the workplace.
What is a just workplace? How does a just workplace look and feel? How does a just workplace differ from common notions of a workplace?
Practical experiences of creating and sustaining just work and a working environment founded on justice.
Contributions that stimulate personal action from participants during and after the event.
Refreshing ideas that positively contribute to building a just world of work.
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Below a few testimonials from people who attended last year’s ebbf international learning experience at this same Barcelona location:

Nauman and Anila Hussain“It was an amazing conference, the quality is very very high, my wife loved it as well. 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
elizabeth walker sobhani“I landed back in Beijing today and have great memories and new connections from the conference. It was wonderfully organized and really showed how we can have meaningful conversations related to our work.”
Elizabeth Walker Sobhani 
Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 12.12.46“Many thanks to you and all of the group for their tolerance, acceptance and fully including me and allowing me to contribute freely to the debate. Indeed, I have enjoyed quite positive and constructive time. Free meaningful conversations, with little agenda or pressure, and real positive spirit. I have also enjoyed many people and started to develop friendship. I have already linked up at least with seven interested people/organizations around growing trees. Went back to Geneva quite charged with positive energy and thinking, which are badly needed for heavy work schedule during rest of the year” Mohammed Mukhier
natalija gnezdova“I want to thank you for the fantastic conference in Barcelona. 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. And when you share the same values and have similar inspirations, the subject you discuss doesn’t really matter. Because you can find yourself in pretty much every conversation. So thank you for all the hard work to you and the team for organizing the conference!”  Natalija Gnezdova 
michel zahrai“Very enriching event by the depth of the conferences and workshop but also by the quality of the individual discussions. A great place to meet likeminded people in search for personnal enhancement. I will definatly maintain contacts open during the year and look forward next year’s encounter.” Michel Zahrai
Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 12.23.05“I am so glad I went to EBBF this past weekend. I had a great time, meeting people and joining in on some great conversations. Thank you to you and the other organizers for putting on a great event. …. I was starting to lose hope, you know. EBBF was a good reminder that it is possible to have it all. However long my life is, I can have a life driven by purpose and passion, doing what I love with people whom I love.” Rachel-Xiaolu Han
Roxann StaffordFired-up, inspired, and ready to take action, thanks everyone! Hope! Empathy! Trust! Redefining success opens us up to opportunities and is transformative.
Roxann Stafford
Monique Blokzyl“What a wonderful ebbf weekend with so many opportunities to support, serve and encourage aspiring entrepreneurs – I enjoyed running two great workshops with Jahan Tavangar with an incredible variety of dream enterprise ideas, rounding it off powerfully yesterday morning when three of the ideas were presented to the great ebbf conference audience… an idea to offer a very nourishing drink to millions of kids in Africa avoiding brain damage before they turn 15, one idea to build a financing company to support an autistic children support foundation and one creating a hallmark and connection platform for corporates, customers and social causes to support ethical production. If each one of these ideas become a dream enterprise they will make a huge difference.”
Monique Blokzyl
jelena hercberga“ebbf has this ability to create a great environment where you can interact with people and enjoy each conversation, getting a new insight, discussing it and coming up with a new fresh mindset.
In one same event you can have different conversations on different topics of interest to you and new ones you had never explored, each time enjoying the interaction with different people from very different backgrounds and experiences: this is inspiring!
It’s so much more than just reading an article or watching a TED talk. Through these interactions you can get more, exploring, deepening and getting information and new ideas in a different way.”
Jelena Hercberga

 

A short video where ebbf board member Françoise Le Goff (after a brief personal introduction in her mother tongue) shares how ebbf events have practically helped her in her work in the headquarters of the International Federation of the Red Cross:

Below a selection of answers we received from already registered participants, coming from around the world, to the question:

Why do YOU think we should create just workplaces?

 
Alex Cabon, Brazil
Justice is what will allow the world to be united and lead to more consultation, Justice , Unity and Consultation are 3 things that constantly reinforce each other and once the momentum is happening nothing can stop it.

Arthur Dahl, Switzerland
Justice is a requirement for effective relationships in any community. Without justice, there can be no trust, and without trust, no real community.

Wendi Momen, UK
Otherwise it is just a workplace

Helena Perez, Spain
Because it makes people happier, allows their creativity and personality to flow, makes them work more comfortably,makes their work better.

George Starcher, USA
Because it makes good business sense.

Vladislav Kisselev, Ukraine
I’m actually striving to act justly as a team leader and to arrange a just workplace within a team and communicating with other teams.

Patrick Couteau, Switzerland
for an equitable , productive workplace where employees are rewarded for their performance

Marc Avanzo, India
It would make work more efficient and pleasant for all. Ultimately it would create a more just society.

Kamran Derakhshan, Switzerland
Because firstly justice is at the core of the Baha’i belief system and secondly it is the only sustainable workforce management strategy.

Solange Hai, Spain
It is the foundation for the advancement of society

Tetyana Kisyelova, Ukraine
Not all people have equal rights and possibilities to get good education and good place of work. Sometimes where is a corruption, sometimes there are social conditions and prejudices. These are obstacles for development we need to get rid of.

Marc Himel, USA
Injustice is rampant in many business to business relationships from how employees are treated based on race, gender, function, and title to how profit is shared among vendors and customers. This injustice leads to lack of commitment from stakeholders, lack of trust between stakeholders, and many other issues that limit mutual success in very demanding markets. Eliminating these injustices is necessary for companies to thrive in today’s markets.

Guido Wüner Wewengkang, Netherlands
why not? If we create then we better create the best for all living beings. So lets start with what we do best: work.

Nauman Hussain, Switzerland
We need to create an environment where all individuals and economic agents are truly valued for their contribution to the common prosperity of our world, so that everyone can equally benefit materially in our globe. We need to create a just workplace where spiritual and material dimension of work is connected to the higher purpose and our common destiny as a One Human Family.

Susan Parvin Massoudi, Switzerland
In order business and individuals benefit and have high results and reach the ultimate goal

Paddy Honan, Ireland
Because the need to work and the right to dignity are so essentially fundamental to human well-being and a peaceful society.

Monique Blokzyl, Germany
only if we spend most of our awake hours in a just and supportive workplace, we will live a fulfilled live and be encouraged to take responsibility and the lead to make a difference

Mahmud Samandari, Switzerland
What is the advantage of an unjust one?

Ruediger Fox, Germany
It’s a vital part for intrinsic motivation

Laura Grassi, Netherlands
Justice is the prerequisite to co-create a “safe” work environment where each individual can develop his/her talents and contribute in a sustainable and meaningful way. The

Aurelie Coeffic, UK
By creating a just workplace, we engage individuals and enhance their creativity.

Diana Severati, Italy
Because a just workplace contributes to build a just and prosperous society. A just workplace promotes equal opportunities for women and men, diversity as a value and personal development through lifelong learning.

Françoise Le Goff, France
I believe that a just workplace is a key element for a prosperous society and the respect of everyone dignity.

Lise Laperches, Belgium
To give the right value to people’s skills and less to people’s network

Gundhild A. Hoenig, Switzerland
“To bring justice to our work and world: can transform organizations into an instrument of peace; helps to change the way leaders, teams and individuals in any kind of organizations approach their job; makes both (work and world around us) more meaningful as energy shifts into a more positive direction; affects us outwardly in our work and inwardly in how we perform our jobs
To intentionally add value to our work and world helps to unfold justice for the benefit of all

Guillaume Giraud, Belgium
To promote mental well-being at work

Karyne Hyde, Portugal
To create a stable future for all

Alessandro Amelotti, Sweden
Because everybody must have the opportunity to express their own talent

make it meaningful series

in this video you can witness the dynamics of another recent ebbf event.
ebbf’s make it meaningful series is the result of over 20 years of experience, evolving its international events. We discovered that people are not just looking for knowledge. They want to participate. And even more important, they want to contribute. Together we challenge the working environment and come up with  ways of making our work more meaningful, connecting it to a wider purpose.

The vision of ebbf is: to accompany mindful individuals passionate about contributing to a prosperous, just and sustainable civilization through their daily work.
We continuously help the exploration and connection of this goal with our daily actions and growing positive influence in our workplaces. Making change happen at  the level of the individual, organizations and institutions.

creating just workplaces

Is Justice something you aspire to in your life?
A fundamental value such as justice is rarely addressed in the workplace where we spend most of our lives and where we have the opportunity to influence the world around us.
In this, the next in the series of ebbf “make it meaningful” international learning events, we will explore together:
what does justice look like in the workplace? What new trends are making just workplaces more successful?
How can we create just workplaces?

meaningful conversations with  diverse, global spread of inspiring participants

What makes this learning event series unique? 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 means that ebbf facilitates the context (theme) and content (speakers and discussions), but you will determine the outcome.

ebbf is an open global learning community

What people value most in attending ebbf events are the meaningful conversations. We have therefore developed a program to make them the central part of the three-day experience. The second layer is the visitors, who come to have meaningful conversations around the theme of the event. The third layer is the speakers, learnshops, and action labs that give us different perspectives on this theme. We leave the event with new processes, new ideas and tools for change, new connections that each of us can use in our own communities allowing us to spread those meaningful conversations and learning.

9 reasons to come