event overview

Flash talks on Bahá’í Principles and Economics - ABS UK ebbf


ABS UK – ebbf

Lightning Talks
20 October 2020, 7pm (UK)

The ebbf and the Economics special interest group are happy to host four talks on

 ‘Abdu’l-Baha – Community Builder
[The fascinating “entreprenerial” business ran by Abdu’l-Baha]

The revolutionary social implications of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings [The bitter pill that Western Baha’is struggle to swallow]

 Competition as a Spiritual Virtue
[A contrarian’s view that competitive instinct is virtuous]

 The Baha’i Era and the World Economy [A view from outside of Wales]

The session will be by Zoom. Each presentation will last 12 minutes followed by 8 minutes Q&A.


Stephen Maund – ‘Abdu’l-Baha – Community Builder – For twenty years until last month, Stephen Maund and his wife Anne ran a UK marketing company specialising in raising money for charities through gifts in Wills and Stephen is still growing a similar operation in Canada. Stephen is lead trustee of a charity in Malawi that is helping an impoverished rural area take charge of its destiny by creating and expanding a sustainable local economy that avoids need for outside aid. He is also one of the organisers of a campaign to reduce use of plastic in his home community in north Wales.


Arthur McMahon – The Baha’i Era and the World Economy – Art worked at the U.S. Treasury Department for 34 years specializing in International Economics and Finance. When he retired he was the Director of International Analysis and Bank Condition in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Earlier, Art taught Economics at a number of colleges and universities in New York. He completed all coursework and comprehensives for a Phd in Economics at Fordham University with specializations in International Trade and Finance and Monetary Theory. Art is currently serving as Treasurer and Board member at a non-profit organization in Virginia.


Richard Hainsworth – Competition as a Spiritual Virtue – After completing a MSocSc in Economics and Russian Studies, Richard and his wife Corinne travelled to the Soviet Union in 1982. They witnessed and served on the LSA of Moscow after it was re-established in 1979. Richard served on the NSA of the USSR, the NSA of Russia, Georgia and Armenia, and the NSA of Russia. Richard and Corinne created a bank credit rating agency in Russia. They then moved to Hong Kong, and recently moved to Cardiff in Wales.


Bill Jenkins – The Impact of Baha’u’llah’s Revelation on the World Economy – Bill has been an active member of the Baha’i community for 27 years, and has always been focused on the potential for the transformation of society through processes of growth and community building. He has previously served on the Regional Baha’i Councils for both England and Wales. He used to be a manager in a Welsh Government anti-poverty programme until he quit in disgust in 2010, and subsequently began studying economics in 2012 looking for answers to the questions that the programme’s Ministers and


Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
06:00 pm CEST.


official ebbf event