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Business as a Force for Good

business as a force for good
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 Rhodri Samuel, Kathrine Maceratta, Guy Singh-Watson, Geetie Singh-Watson, Satish Kumar, Luke Copley-Wilkins, Simon Berkler

Fee: 
£ 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 Rhodri Samuel, Kathrine Maceratta, Guy Singh-Watson, Geetie Singh-Watson, Satish Kumar, Luke Copley-Wilkins, Simon Berkler
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.

Rhodri Samuel

Rhodri Samuel

Rhodri has been CEO of the Dartington Hall Trust since September 2015. He is responsible for driving forward a new vision and transformation strategy for the Trust and its 1200 acre estate.

Following an early career in the arts, Rhodri worked for over twenty years across the fields of design, place-making and regeneration, primarily in the World Heritage city of Bath. He ended up with responsibility for the long-term vision, strategy and regeneration plan for the City of Bath before leaving the public sector to set up his own business and to initiate two Community Interest Companies focussed on empowering citizens to contribute to the creative regeneration of their city. He also established a number of new leadership networks including Creative Bath and the Bath Bridge. He also established a number of new leadership networks including Creative Bath and Bath Bridge.

Rhodri is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and an academician of the UK Academy of Urbanism. He now lives in the South Hams with his partner Johanna Morrell and their two sons.

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.

Geetie Singh-Watson

Geetie Singh-Watson

Geetie grew up on a commune in the Midlands, where she was taught from an early age to be aware of the impact we each make on the world around us. In 1998 she opened The Duke of Cambridge – the UK’s first organic gastropub. Eighteen years on, The Duke has been an outstanding success, having won many awards. Geetie herself has won a few awards too along the way, including Business Woman of the Year, and an MBE in 2009, for Services to the Organic Pub Trade. She is an active campaigner and firmly believes businesses and individuals must act responsibly and be led by their values. Geetie has been a Trustee of the Soil Association, People Tree Foundation, London Remade, London Food Board, Women’s Enterprise Council and The Council of Food Policy Advisors.

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

Dr 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

After studying architecture at Sheffield University, with a focus on environmental design, I 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.

After a stint in New Zealand working on housing and innovative architecture, I returned to the UK, starting at Carpenter Oak as a carpenter.

After several months of carpentry, I set my sights on creating a new market sector for the company called ‘Carpenter Oak Build’, a new part of the business focussing on complete builds. After the successful implementation, I went on to join the leadership team who merged Carpenter Oak with its sister company Carpenter Oak and Woodland in 2017, allowing the company to bring together its combined skills and expertise, and offer new services.

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