ebbf 25th annual conference: unity & collaboration - Barcelona


ebbf’s 25th annual conference
unity and collaboration
stepping stones of prosperity-creating organizations

#ebbf25 join mindful people meaningful workJoin these mindful people creating more meaningful economic systems and workplaces, during this, ebbf’s 25th anniversary event, where will be celebrating the present and accompany you in an exploration that will help you build a more prosperous future.

Specifically we will explore some of the stepping stones of prosperity-creating organizations, finding out the meaning and role of unity and of collaboration in our workplaces and economic systems.

We aim to offer you new insights, ideas, questions and processes allowing you to better adapt to the new era of collaboration, the sharing economy and other new trends that we need to understand and embrace in order to have us and our organizations thrive fully in this exciting and fast changing world evolution.

Part of the ebbf “make it meaningful” series, this event is the result of 25 years of experience in creating dynamic learning experiences
that bring together inspiring individuals from around the globe passionate about exploring how to create more meaningful and purposeful workplaces and economic systems.

From 18:00 on Thursday 1st of October until after lunch on Sunday 4th of October 2015
come and enjoy an exploration of new ideas and concepts around this theme, in Barcelona.

Whilst the central part of ebbf learning events are the “meaningful interactions”, we list here the – first group – of confirmed contributors who will spark our exploration of the theme of the event.

Carrie Freeman, USA
Partner at SecondMusecarrie on linkedinCheck out Carrie’s presentation offered at NASA about what drives collaboration to get an idea of her area of work

cristobal graciaCristobal Gracia, Spain
Connector at OuiShare and Partner at Consumo ColaborativoCristobal on linkedin

Dorothy Marcic, USA Professor at Columbia University and off Broadway producer – Dorothy on LinkedIN

 Sonia Ruiz, Spain Founder at NOIMA, Meaningful Communications – Sonia on LinkedIN

Arthur Dahl, Switzerland
President of International Environment Forum – Arthur on LinkedIN

Nauman Hussain, Switzerland
Assistant Vice President at J. Safra Sarasin Bank – Nauman on LinkedIN

Paul Hughes, Netherlands
Ten Meters of Thinking – Paul on LinkedINGet a feeling for the Ten Meters of Thinking session you will enjoy, viewing one of Paul’s TEDx talks

shenila and anila shenaazShenila Ali, Pakistan and Anila Hussain, Switzerland – co-founders and CEOs at ShenAnnzShenila on LinkedIN / Anila on LinkedIN

Tulia Lopes, Brazil
Leading in High Heels – Serial Entrepreneur – Speaker – Author – Leadership and Communications Development – Tulia on LinkedIN

Augusto Lopez-Claros, USA Director of Global Indicators Group at World Bank
Augusto on LinkedINView a recent video interview with Augusto Lopez-Claros

Nousha Etemad Ram, Canada  Partner at Deloitte
Nousha on LinkedIN

Arash Aazami, Netherlands Founder at Kamangir | Beyond Boundaries – paradigm shifter
Arash on LinkedINEnjoy Arash’s recent TEDx talk

Michael Spiegel, UK Head of Trade Finance & Cash Management Corporates at Deutsche Bank – Michael on LinkedIN

Ralph Blundell, Portugal
Managing Director at ralph blundell strategy consulting – Ralph on LinkedIN

Monique BlokzylMonique Blokzyl, Germany Empowering entrepreneurs to start and thrive, CEO of Business Launch Portal – Monique on LinkedIN

henrik mitschHenrik Mitsch, Germany Executive Manager Product Management DriveNow at Sixt and Mozilla representative” Henrik on LinkedIN

Laura Martinez Fernandez, Spain – Director of Ethics and Corporate Efficiency
Laura on LinkedIN

Lara Frisch, Germany – Phd student researcher at Bauhaus University Weimar
Lara on LinkedIN

Participants Quotes

Below you can find inspirational thinking around the theme of the event, offered by some of the people who have already registered. We hope you can use some of their ideas to develop your own thinking and then find the language and ways to apply some of those concepts in your own workplaces.

ebbf event participants are what make ebbf events stand out in many people’s experiences, allowing for meaningful conversations sometimes as or more inspiring than the exciting list of keynotes and sessions we are preparing for you.

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“Unity and collaboration make it possible to fly and reach beyond our dreams.”
Bijan Aazami


“source of innovation, creativity and success”
Gary Reusche


“Unity is the primary requisite of this age”
Richard Sweeney


“Because team work enforces creative solutions.”
Sandra van eijk-Rodrigues Lima


“it’s the only solution to be successful in this era.”
Anisa Zafar


“Unity and collaboration help us to fimd our place in the world. This may change over time – especially as we live at a faster place. Who we collaborate with in the here-and-now unites us.”
Ian Reid


“Because they are the foundation of a new business paradigm”
Diana Severati


“The problems we face today are so complex and interconnected that to solve them we must work collaboratively.”
Marc Rivers


“Organisations that are united are easily tied into the needs of the society around them and can serve them well. Those that are not united are untied.”
Wendi Momen


“Unity and collaboration, no pushing, no manipulation, that’s the secret of prosperous business in 21st century and beyond.”
Vladimir Chupin


“Only unity in a shared global vision of a just and sustainable society can allow us to overcome the challenges facing us.”
Arthur Dahl


“unity, created through the application of trust and justice, is what allows people to thrive in organizations.
we live in a new collaborative era, the ability for co-leadership, co-creation, co-working are all essential traits to succeed in this new era”
Daniel Truran


“They are the only source of he synergy essential for us to survive and flourish as a species”
Kalen Hammann


“Unity is the primary requisite of this age”
Richard Sweeney


“If we consider the human being as noble, then unity and collaboration is the obvious way to go.
If we consider the human being as flawed, then competition and control are more effective.
However, the image we hold of the human being will strongly influence our own and others’ behaviour so that our image gets confirmed and reinforced.”
Serge Thill


“We hyper-connected on almost every level, and our last challenge is the unity of our human family.  When we have that, when we recognise we are one, a new era of collaboration and sustainable prosperity will flourish.”
Ralph Blundell

Another element of the  ebbf learning events experience is the range and diversity of parallel learnshops that you can decide to attend, learn from and contribute to. These are highly interactive 90 minute sessions that allow you to grasp and experiment in smaller groups the processes, ideas and tools useful to you.


1. Defining the problem to enable impactful solutions (Carrie Freeman)

A practical workshop where we will explore some of the key features of a successful co-creation process, how do you create unity with very diverse stakeholders, how do you maintain the momentum, what are the key factors that drive innovative co-creation processes?

2. Mindful Leadership from a fully united self (Tulia Lopes)

Unity and collaboration as the stepping stones to prosperity require the development of self-leadership, which means being fully aware of one’s potential and strengths, in order to know when to give and when to reach out for support.
In addition, a more meaningful, flexible and creative type of leadership is called for. Leaders with strong core values, principles, and purpose are needed. Leaders who are also able to understand where they themselves and each member of their teams are standing, and from there design a common goal based these values, principles and purpose taking into consideration each team member’s capabilities.
At the end of this learnshop the participants will be able to place their stepping stones towards shared prosperity by
– recognising their current natural leadership skills
– identifying their strengths and weaknesses as leaders
– understanding how to use collaboration as a lever to balance their skills and propel them towards common goals

3. Will the Collaborative Economy create meaningful and purposeful organizations? (Cristobal Gracia)

Join Cristobal in further exploring how the new collaborative economy is revolutionizing the way companies interact with and respond to society, deepen your understanding of collaboration in practice with examples from OuiShare and elsewhere, and explore some of the practical challenges and solutions in this fast growing and learning rich working culture.

4. Ten metres of Unity (Paul Hughes)

Join Paul to explore Unity and collaboration with his unique approach “10 meters of thinking”. 10 meters unlocks new insights and perspectives and uses storytelling and visual representation to create fresh thinking and uncover new truths. Paul said “Stories are best told in a timeless manner so the listener can decide how best they can be applied to a timely matter. So it is not about true stories. It is about stories that have a truth. Storytelling is best when it moves us from what has happened to what may happen.“

5. Collaboration through dialogue (Lara Frisch)

The learnshop will give participants an introductory taste of Bohmian Dialogue, and experience the dialogic approach to communication, which involves the observation of individual and common thought processes and the suspension of individual opinions. We will focus on the skill of suspension. As conceived by David Bohm, this is the ability to suspend our own opinions, improve our listening, and question the virus like assumptions that so often interfere with collaborative work and group discussion. By doing so, defensive posturing can diminish, and a quality of natural warmth and fellowship can infuse the group.


1. Want to create your dream enterprise? PART I (Monique Blokzyl)

Have you ever thought of creating your “dream enterprise”? One where you earn a good living whilst serving society? Monique will take you through key “M” questions to help you set up your dream enterprise: Motivation – What is your dream and why are you pursuing it? Market – Who do you aim to serve and how? Means – What resources do you have and where will you find what you need? Mentor – Who should you be looking for to support you on your entrepreneurial path? – Part of ebbf’s program, see http://dev.ebbf.world/tools/create-your-dream-enterprise/

2. An exploration of consultative processes (Marc Rivers, Gary Reusche, Serge Thill)
In this informal session you will be able to explore and engage together in the experience of consultative processes.
The outcome of this conversation will start to form the outline of the next ebbf international event that will focus on the theme: “Consultation, beyond decision making, a tool for learning”


1. Collaborative Leadership: Harnessing the value of diversity (Nousha Etemad)

People today are working more collaboratively than ever before, not just inside organizations but also with their suppliers, customers, and governments. Global virtual teams are the norm, not the exception. Social medial and other technologies have enabled new forms of collaboration that would have been impossible a short while ago.
Our organizations are replete with differences in convictions, cultural values, and operating norms which inevitably add complexity to collaborative efforts. But they also make them richer, more innovative, and more valuable. Getting that value is the heart of collaborative leadership.
The session will explore what it means to be a collaborative leader in this hyper-connected world, and the skills that are necessary.

2. Unity, Collaborative leadership and Culture (Ralph Blundell)

Our learnshop will explore the learning highlighted in yesterdays keynote, focussing on some of the less comfortable facets of achieving Unity – resistance, performance targets, mutual accountability and the significance of reward. We will discover that the things we find uncomfortable or consider destructive are actually the key to achieving real and robust Unity and unleash new possibilities for collaborating and co-leadership.

3. Building meaningful organizations through purpose-driven organizations (Sonia Ruiz)

Drawing on Sonia’s deep experience, and that of your fellow participants, this is an opportunity to explore how unity, alignment, meaningful collaborations and authentic communications, can assist 21st century organizations, and discover how their positive impact enables organizations to thrive.

4. Want to create your dream enterprise? PART II (Monique Blokzyl)

You love to get a glimpse into the pitching mysteries? What is a powerful story, an impactful message? What is this irresistible Yes-trigger? How do you convince anyone to give you anything? Join us in this learnshop if you want to get some powerful answers. Besides taking away proven techniques, you will also get many real case stories. And most importantly, you will roll up your sleeves and craft that impactful message for your own business right away. Get ready to trigger a sound Yes!

5. Narayana – how can a Culture of Empowerment lead towards an Economy of Abundance? (Arash Aazami)

In his learnshop, Arash aims to explore together with participants facets of a Culture of Empowerment, and how it contributes to an Economy of Abundance. Mind you: his latest project is seemingly impossible, very grass-roots, and requires all the help it can get. Meanwhile, he will share stories of his previous businesses, the startups he accompanies, and his travels to Africa, where the idea for Narayana was born.
After 10 years in energy and 5 years building an energy company that earns more when it sells less, therewith increasing independence of the customer rather than holding on to them, Arash concluded that despite excellent commercial success, he had failed.
He decided to leave the company and utilize his learnings to focus on its bigger goal: creating a basis for an “Economy of Abundance”, backed by a “Culture of Empowerment”, where the economic principles of value creation are aligned fully with the laws of nature.


1. Removing Barriers to Sustainable Economic Development (Augusto Lopez-Claros)

The onward march of technological change and growing interdependence have greatly increased the complexity of the global economy, the body politic, and the processes and institutions that support them. Businesses, policy makers and the public find themselves operating in a vastly more complex environment and this is giving rise to special opportunities and enormous risks. Indeed, the resulting problems—most of them global in nature—are greatly testing our inadequate systems of international cooperation. What are the implications of this for governments and civil society during the coming decade? What are the main barriers to sustainable economic development and what to do to remove them?

2. Redefining “Oikosnomos” of the future based on European Integration Model – Boldly go together where no one has gone before (Nauman Husain)

Introduction: Root of economics word comes from the Greeks: Oikosnomos, which means Rule/Customs of the House or Alternatively Management of the Household. When your House becomes the planet this word takes another level and a brand new dimension. We will explore based on EU Integration Model and try to bring out ideas and how to move forward from the EU Model and shift the paradigm of economics to create a more just and prosperous civilization. The learnshop is about to see the hidden capacity that we are all talented economist, because we all try to manage the best and efficient way our household.

Goal of the Learnshop:
The learnshop will be an exchange of ideas on the European Economic Integration Model. What has been successful and what doesn’t work. Explore how to redefine economics and make a paradigm shift together in our economics. Explore the spiritual dimension of the economic equation. What type of economics would we like to have?
How can we move forward the EU Economic model in perspective of unity and collaboration? How can we integrate the spiritual dimension in our economic model?

3. Collaboratively Teaching Web Literacy at Mozilla (Henrik Mitsch)

The Mozilla community is helping to create the next generation of webmakers. In this Learnshop you will see why Mozilla teaches web literacy. Additionally we show how Mozilla’s open and collaborative culture is applied in this context. Lastly, we will remix the web ourselves (so please bring your laptop)!

4. Disconnect to Reconnect (Laura Martinez Fernandez)

From time to time, it is important to “disconnect” to “connect” and have a clear vision of what we want to achieve in our lives and how are we going to do it.
The objective of this workshop is to recognize the importance of conscious thinking through a guided exercise and to understand the power that people have within.
(I) An exercise will be proposed to allow participants to free themselves from physical and mental noise, all in order to experience conscious thinking (methodology: mindfulness). (II) Subsequently and using the “wheel of life”, we will encourage participants reflect on their lives and to define concrete goals for each area. (III) After this powerful and introspective analysis, we will allow people to share their experiences in order to start an interactive and dynamic process, where everyone can benefit from the group.
We need to learn to live according to shared human values. Our world and our organizations will be healthier and more sustainable, when people understand that a global change can only occur through a personal change.

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