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Luis Monteiro, Head of Professional Services at Unit 4, told his personal story to introduce his keynote. He is a people centric person, believing in people-centric organizations. A people centric organization is open and trustworthy, it shares the vision and the plan, explain the reasons, provide autonomy, promote transparency and authenticity. Building realtionship is another important thing, including inclusion, sense of belonging, collaboration, communication, nature of the relations and friendship. He is still in contact with is former collegue from the previous company he worked for, Altran: he is a friend to them. Last, but not least, courage is needed: always learining, experiment, be assertive, accept differences and assume risks. What are the boundaries of people-centric organization? He prefer not to establish boundaries and believes that a people-centric organization is possible.
Vafa Akhavan, CEO of CEO Forum, opened the Ebbf conference in Lisbon with a keynote presenting his journey through organizational theory and personal transformation. His thesis is that people can improve organizations by becoming seekers. Seekership is the genoma of organizations and where it’s present it will transform the organization. In his personal journey he learned that back-biting is a cancer, prejudice is a virus, he is nothing but he is everything and many other things. Human capital is the greatest capital and has multiple relationships with many aspects of the business, it expresses itself with organizational structure. He reached the conclusion that the person is the most common denominator in all things. His struggle was between being the center of the universe and not being even dust. He told that his learinings came from the Writings of the Baha’i Faith: the trasformative experience was the Tablet of the True Seeker, describing the Seven Valleys. The true seker “hunteth naught but the object of his quest”. Are some unique attributes that trasform what we do? They are the qualities of the seeker: answers, profitability, integrity, justice, trutth, fair, and many more. The Tablet of the True Seeker is the catalyst that impact every aspect of life. The ideal qualities are rely upon and trust in God, detachment from the world of dust, never seek to exalt self above others, don’t promise what you can’t deliver, cleanse the channel of human soul. Perfect cleanliness of the heart, poor in material wealth, douts and misgiving dissipated, enveloped with knowledge, and, last but not least, a news eye, a new ear, a new heart and a new mind. The seeker impact the organization and the organization impact the seeker: interdepence is created. One seeker can change the world.
ebbf member Elisa Mallis recently won the opportunity to fly into space, as part of an astronaut training project relating to the XCOR Space Expeditions.
What struck us was how clearly she expressed her values and her way of applying spirituality even in this kind of workplace. You can read below just a few of the phrases she used in a longer interview she gave for the astronaut program.
“I believe that as more leaders take a truly global perspective we will finally be ‘solving for the world’ and we will have a real opportunity to tackle some of the biggest challenges that threaten our planet and our existence.” and “having worked and lived in 16 countries … I explored many cultures, religions and spiritual traditions. What I continuously noticed was that although there are so many differences, the similarities are astounding and in many ways more important … appreciating the many ways to nurture the human spirit in the workplace across all cultures and religions … creating in me a ‘one world’ perspective.
You can read here the full interview introducing you to her current work, her future ambitious and the values that sustain her life.
UnityWorks recently launched a pilot training program with four schools in Yakima, Washington State, US. The program covered issues of race, gender, language, social class, prejudice, stereotyping and other diversity topics. In February, UnityWorks completed its first intensive 40-hour diversity training for staff and students. During the training, the participants put together their “Diversity Action Plans” for the remainder of the academic year.
Founded September 2013, UnityWorks also offers workshop materials, presentations and a curriculum for school children. The Foundation’s current focus is to multiply the programs across US, teaching thousands of teachers and students about unity in diversity.
Nooshin Erfani is the project coordinator of the The Wits Justice Project which won gold at the Making All Voices Count 2015 Global Innovation Competition in Jakarta. Out of 241 global ideas, the Citizen Justice Network was one of five finalists who won gold.
The Citizen Justice Network project aims to activate marginalized communities to fight miscarriages of justice.
It will train eight community activists across the country in basic journalism and the use of technology.
Activists will be sourced from rural areas where platforms for reporting on stories of miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system are minimal.
The project will enrich community radio and online media. It will provide local activists with an opportunity to expose stories not necessarily covered by mainstream journalists, bridging the gap between community and mainstream media.