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Business as a Force for Good

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Key Info: 
  • Be inspired by a range of leaders in successful sustainable businesses
  • Introduction to new models of ethical business
  • Guidance on how to re-shape your own business or the businesses that you work for or and with

Led by Jenny Mackewn with contributors Kathrine Maceratta, Guy Singh-Watson, Satish Kumar, Luke Copley-Wilkins, Simon Berkler and Carlos Sallé Moreno

£ 795.00
Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions and includes private, simple accommodation with shared bathroom from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.
If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237

Big business is regarded by many as a threat to the social fabric of communities and the health of the planet. But is it possible to run a successful, sustainable business that makes money and cares for people and planet? We think it is.

This programme introduces Business as a Force for Good. It combines learning about a number of international initiatives for transforming business (see below) with visits to or from ethical companies which are models of business responsibility – ranging from local firm Carpenter Oak, to national business Riverford Organics and international corporate giants such as Unilever. It also includes introductions to local enterprises on or near the magical Dartington Estate in Devon, an innovative centre and learning experiment in responsible business and land management.

This course demonstrates how it is possible to do business with heart, caring for surrounding communities and the natural balance of the planet – as well as bringing in profit for their owners. During the week you will explore models of business responsibility such as Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics, B Corp Certification, measuring a company’s entire social and environmental performance and impact, Federic Laloux’s Re-inventing Organisations and Otto Sharma’s Transforming Capitalism.

As part of this course you will:

  • Spend a day at Riverford Farms at Buckfastleigh with Guy Watson CEO of Riverford Organics and learn first hand – both from Guy and staff members - about the recent transition to employee ownership of the business
  • Visit Carpenter Oak at Cornworthy and learn their very different form of employee ownership.
  • Be introduced to a choice of local enterprises and artisan businesses on or near the Dartington estate, such as Carpenter Oak, the Apricot Centre for Bio-dynamic farming and the Sustainable Land management of the Dartington Estate

It concludes with an opportunity to review and gather your learning and consider how to apply it to your own circumstances and businesses. Much of the learning will take place in the peaceful surroundings of Schumacher College on the Dartington Hall Estate in rural Devon, - an estate which has long been a testbed for progressive learning and enterprise. The historic house is set in 1,200 acres which include redwood forest, meadows, deer park, the prehistoric hill fort and the wild River Dart – the perfect setting to be inspired and restore your energy, your sense of direction and purpose.


Led by Jenny Mackewn with contributors Kathrine Maceratta, Guy Singh-Watson, Satish Kumar, Luke Copley-Wilkins, Simon Berkler and Carlos Sallé Moreno
Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn is a Creative Catalyst who designs and leads innovative learning programmes and co-creative events.  She has recently initiated a Masters programme in Transformative Organisational Development (for Middlesex University): A leadership programme in Co-creating the Future (at Schumacher College) and a Focused Training in Constellations and Systemic Embodied Coaching (with ICF Accreditation).  She is developing a set of programmes in Holistic Business Development and Leadership for the Earth for Schumacher College and the Dartington Estate.

Guy Watson

Guy Singh-Watson

Guy Watson is a farmer and founder and creator of Riverford Organic, Britain's largest supplier of organic produce. The farm  was taken over by the Watson family in the 1950s and in the 1980s and Guy decided to convert to farming organically. To find an effective way of distributing his produce, his idea was the weekly veg box scheme, which is delivered direct to customers' doors with locally grown produce. Guy lectures on ethical business and is a judge for the Observer Ethical Awards and his leadership has seen five previous Observer awards including Best Ethical Business and Best Ethical Restaurant in 2009.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.

In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College. Satish has authored numerous books including No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim, Soul, Soil, Society: a new trinity for our time and most recently Elegant Simplicity: The Art Of Living Well.

Kathrine Maceratta

Kathrine Maceratta

Kathrine Maceratta is a Sustainability Consultant for Business and founder of GAEA COLLABORATION LTD. Following a successful 20 years career at Unilever, she left her corporate role in Brand Development in 2017 to fully dedicate herself to a new purpose: to integrate sustainability at the heart of business. In 2017 while still at Unilever, Kathrine piloted a new approach for category units to make sustainability a new springboard for business to thrive. She designed and led the initiative for the Global Detergents category and during 2018, as a consultant, to the Household Cleaners category. Both projects have been recognised in Unilever as best examples and has served as inspiration for the next stage of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Dr Simon Berkler

Simon Berkler

Simon is co-founder of TheDive. TheDive is a creators‘ collective, a consultancy, a think tank and an expert network for organizational innovation and transformation. TheDive is driven by the vision of a new economic sector in which companies help solve today’s problems and not exacerbate them. Simon’s consulting work focuses on multi-year transformation processes in the areas of self-organization, balanced business models and culture development. In these fields, he mainly advises corporate clients and larger SMEs. Besides consulting, TheDive also runs its own community ‘TheDive Hive’, and publishes content related to new style collaboration and organization topics, like the German print magazine ‘Neue Narrative’. Simon is associate of the Berlin Impact Hub and of the German B Corp chapter. Together with a couple of colleagues, he recently launched ‘Artistic Intelligence’, a multidisciplinary ensemble which uses artistic approaches and interventions to work on questions of business and humanity.

Luke Copley-Wilkins

Luke Copley-Wilkins

Luke is Managing Director at Carpenter Oak, who have their head office and workshops in East Cornworthy as well as three other yards in Cornwall, Wiltshire and Scotland, specialising in timber framed structures across the UK and overseas.

After studying architecture at Sheffield University, with a focus on environmental design, Luke worked on high end projects in the Cotswolds and played a part in a number of experimental timber architectural constructions including Studio in the Woods and Dartmoor Arts.

Following a stint in New Zealand working on housing and innovative architecture, Luke returned to the UK, starting at Carpenter Oak as a carpenter.
After creating a new market sector for the company focussing on complete builds in Devon, Luke is now Managing Director and is helping the company transition to an employee owned business.

Carlos Sallé Moreno

Carlos Sallé Moreno

Carlos was born in Madrid and since very little had a big passion for technology. That lead him to becoming an Industrial Engineer and start working in the Telecommunication industry since the beginning of his career. Today he is the leader of the data science team in Internet para Todos, an initiative within Telefónica to connect the unconnected people all over Latin America. He also works to change the ways of working within companies, spreading and putting in place Teal practices wherever he works.

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

A place can not be guaranteed unless we receive your deposit or payment on your chosen course. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please do this before making your course application.

Short Course Bursaries create an opportunity for an individual to experience the powerful transformative learning by joining a course that assists the participant to inspire their wider community and benefits from the participant’s own unique contribution. It is our hope that our bursaries support a wide cross section of participation on our short course programme. The number of bursaries available is limited, competition is strong and funding is not always available for every short course. Please be aware that most bursaries are in the region of 10% – 20% of the course fee so please be prepared to raise funding from other sources.  A bursary award is not intended to cover travel or incidental expenses.

Applications are viewed on a case-by-case basis and we are unable to enter into discussions on any decisions. We generally have many more applications for bursaries than we have funding available. We can only offer one bursary per person per year and priority is given to those who have not attended the college or received a bursary before. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you would be unable to attend the course without a bursary.

How to apply for a bursary

NB: Please do not pay your deposit for the course yet. Any applications received where a deposit has been paid will be rejected and the deposit refunded.

Six weeks before the course is due to start all bursary applications will be considered and responded to.  If successful you will be required to accept our Bursary Terms and Conditions.

Please answer the following:

  1. What does a bursary mean to you?
  2. How will your attendance on this course benefit the wider community?
  3. If your financial situation justifies you applying for a bursary, how much are you able to contribute towards attending this course?

Please be prepared to supply an appropriate reference in support of your application.

More about our growing areas and philosophy

We follow ecological cycles as much as possible. Much of the food is grown in the five and half acre agroforestry field – in a system of alley cropping and in the developing forest garden. The field also has fruit trees and bushes; young nut trees; a flock of pasture fed poultry; two wild life ponds, a craft and pollinator garden and a hazel and willow coppice.

Other areas include two herb gardens; four polytunnels; a perennial no dig vegetable garden and several fruit areas. We compost our garden and kitchen waste for use on site, and use green manures for fertility building.

Our students find their time engaging with food growing, and all it entails, a truly transformative time.   Our gardens are as much about nurturing people as plants, and hundreds of students have found the contact with the land and soil to be a rich learning journey.

Integral to the College’s international learning community, you will get to know students, staff and volunteers through daily meetings and shared activities. There is also a diverse programme of events and evening talks, offered by college residents, visiting teachers and local experts.

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