Choose between these parallel sessions

Friday morning learnshops

You can now choose between these five interactive learnshops

1. Nadja Schnetzler

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

As you will have heard in her keynote, Nadja decided that quality news has become both scarce and more relevant than ever. She decided to work with a group of the best German-speaking journalists, truly the top national and international writers, to create a new media group.
She decided to make this an open-source crowd-sourced cooperative model and she will give us the opportunity to interact with her to learn what kind of governance best adapts and allows this kind of diffused leadership to work.
“More self-organised structures are arising. They call for new forms of flexible and open governance, more based on purpose than on structure.
How was a new open-source cooperative business model able to rethink the entire concept of governance?”

2. James Jennings 

Aligned Human Networks

An interactive learnshop that will allow you to deepen with James the concepts he exposed in his morning keynote.
10 years ago, James started using open-book management, a governance model that embodies the values of justice, equity and human nobility. Far more than radical transparency, open-book teaches universal financial literacy so that everyone can speak the same language. It unifies goals, engages employees in the management of the company and shares the rewards of success. The hard outcomes are growth and profitability. The harder to quantify benefits are greater collaboration, engagement, ethical behavior and sustainability.

3. Moneshia Zu Eitz
Re-thinking Governance in the Corporate World (to foster Diversity and Inclusion)

Accelerating shifts towards globalization and the mix in economic participants (eg: the millennial generation- age 18-35 in that year, are expect to make up to 75% of the global workforce in 2025) is raising questions for corporations on their role in society and how to best govern a diverse workforce.

– What determines the role of private enterprise in empowering diverse human and capital resources, while shaping the global society in which it operates?

– How can large institutions and governance evolve as society becomes increasingly inclusive of diversity?

– And how can tech saavy, values-driven individuals do to contribute to the shift from profit seeking private enterprise to one that actively creates a culture of empowerment?

In this interactive workshop we will explore examples, including Blue Chip organizations grappling with these topics and contemplate key assumptions as leadership of large scale enterprise re think their role and how to bring the concept of diversity and inclusion into practice.

4. Oscar Rosa, Silvia Ferlito
The individual as a key to drive new governance Models

What is the relationship between the individual and governance? What is the responsibility and accountability of the individual?
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy. Before everything it becomes imminent that we look inward and start to understand and become aware of our very own capacity to change. “Organisations do not change, people in organisations do”. So what does the individual practically need to make this change happen… to help with the transformation?

“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.”

5. 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.


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

Defining governance in decentralized economic networks and distributed organizations

Traditional command & control top down management styles and approaches do not work well in a decentralized world. In a more and more networked environment with distributed organizations we need to apply decentralized governance models and approaches. It is time to (re-)think governance1 for these networks, organizations and communities and the social impact on the individuals that today mostly still live and adhere to the existing institutional structures.

The governance models for social interactions in such organizational models have yet to be understood, defined and used in practice. In this learnshop we will explore how governance for these emerging networks and organizations relate to core ebbf values (Unity and Moderation) and operational principles (Consultation, Collaboration and Responsibility).

5. Iko Congo

How can we glean insights from the Bahá’i Faith into the field of business and governance?

The scriptures of the Bahá’i Faith, as those of other religions, do not have an exact blueprint we can follow like a recipe of the inner and outer transformation of the different aspects of society, including business, envisaged by its Founders. If this is the case how can we learn about what a religion has to offer to the field of business? We must reflect on the nature of knowledge we need. We need to reflect on the worldview we hold, how it influences what we do and how it gets materialised in the world around us. The workshop is meant to help us learn how to understand the broad sketch we are given by the Bahá’i Teachings and gradually move to a clearer more refined vision of how business can contribute to the betterment of the world.



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. Sana Zareey

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?