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Holistic Business: Transforming Business from the Inside

Course dates: 
Monday, 16 April, 2018 to Friday, 20 April, 2018
Holistic Business Short Course

Led and facilitated by Jenny Mackewn with Guest speakers Hege Saebjornsen, Sustainability Lead for IKEA UK, Seb Pole, CEO of Pukka Herbs; Guillerme Ferreira, Senior Manager in Unilever; Nigel Topping, CEO of We Mean Business, Karen Creavin from Birmingham City Council – plus a surprise visit from Satish Kumar

Increasing numbers of people in business and organisational settings yearn to transform their business or organisation into ethical and purpose-led enterprises which they can be proud of. We introduce a completely new way of economics - a model of economics which is suited to our Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times. Outstanding leaders in large and small businesses, private and public sector - tell us positive stories about how they are transforming their businesses from the inside – thus providing inspiration for participants who want to do the same by taking action to co-create good business which serves both human beings and the wider web of life.

At A Glance

• Discover a new model of holistic economics
• See Positive and real examples of transforming business and organizations from the inside
• Gain Skills and support to transform your own businesses and organizations
• Join a network of other allies who are currently transforming business from the inside


About This Course

We start by explaining a completely new way of envisaging economics - a model of economics which is suited to our Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous times.  Known as the Doughnut Model, this new conceptualisation shows how to meet the urgent needs of human beings more equitably, and yet work within the means of the planet. This new model of economics ensures that no-one falls short on life’s essentials such as food, housing and healthcare while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot the finite limits to the earth’s resources.  

Then our invited guests - leaders in large and small businesses, private and public sector - tell us positive stories about how they are transforming their businesses from the inside – providing inspiration and opportunities for participants who want to do the same by taking action to co-create good business which serves both human beings and the wider web of life. 

Amongst our guests are Hege Saebjornsen, Sustainability Lead for IKEA, Seb Pole, CEO of Pukka Herbs; Guillerme Ferreira, Senior Manager in Unilever; Nigel Topping, CEO of We mean Business – a power house coalition of businesses and organisations for change, Karen Creavin, CEO of Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Service.

For example, IKEA is moving away from being a supplier of stuff to become a more circular business that takes responsibility for all the life stages of its products. Hege Saebjornsen tells us how IKEA is making this radical shift by using more recycled and renewable resources in its products, much more renewable energy in its production and transport processes, greater care for the forests, helping  people to lead more sustainable lives in their homes and providing decent working conditions for its co-workers all over the world. 

Pukka Herbs is a unique global company that has a passion for finding a better way to do business as well as the promotion of Fair Life teas and herbs. Its essence is to serve people and planet as well as Pukka. Seb Pole, CEO of Pukka is an inspired and inspiring speaker who tells us stories of how Pukka has improved its financial and sustainability performance while meeting many challenges including some recent questioning of its sale to Unilever. 

The giant multi-national, Unilever, are currently changing the way they do business – because they do not believe that business success has to be at the expense of people and planet. Guillerme Ferreira, Senior Manager at Unilever, tells us how they have drastically reduced their footprint and increased their positive social impact. He explains how they believe that businesses (such as their own) can influence the wider business world to reduce social divides and to co create a fairer and more sustainable world. 

Karen Creavin explains how Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Service has managed to retain its outstanding reputation for serving the people of Birmingham, despite severe cuts and austerity. 

Nigel Topping tells us about We Mean Business, a dynamic coalition of different businesses and other organisations that work together to explore how new economics can be put into practice in the business world. He shows us how this effective coalition enables businesses to collaborate and cooperate - avoiding duplication, contradiction and confusion  - in order to work together creatively in the interests of people and planet.

Who is this for?

• Leaders and managers from the private and public sector
• Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs
• CEOs & Senior managers
• Younger leaders who want to protect a meaningful, creative and diverse future
• Specialists in corporate social responsibility
• People who want to change the world

What will participants gain from taking part in this course?

• A new model of holistic economics
• Positive and real examples of transforming business and organizations from the inside
• Skills and support to transform your own businesses and organizations
• A network of other allies who are currently transforming business from the inside

Contributors

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackwen is a creative catalyst.  She convenes pioneering programmes and generative events. She has recently launched an exciting Masters Programme in Leading Transformative Change; a Certificate in Leadership & Facilitation for Schumacher College; and an extended Focussed programme in Eco Coaching & Eco Constellations. She is a Director of Green Vision, a movement that supports teenagers, the leaders of tomorrow, to design, organise and facilitate events about issues that matter to them.  She works as consultant, catalyst and coach across private, public and third sectors.

Hege Saebjornsen

Hege Saebjornsen

Hege Saebjornsen, IKEA: Hege is committed to transforming business, society, and self in order to create a thriving society for all. Hege leads the environmental and social sustainability agenda for IKEA UK&IE. This includes the successful delivery of their 'People and Planet' strategy; establishing IKEA as a leader in creating innovative, sustainable places, and the development of new circular business models and processes.

Seb Pole

Seb Pole

Seb Pole is the Co-founder and the Master Herbsmith at Pukka Herbs. Seb is a passionate environmentalist which is why Pukka is 100% organic and gives 1% of its turnover towards protecting and rejuvenating the planet. Seb is committed to running a business that inspires positive change and brings the benefit of the incredible power of plants to everyone he connects with - from farmers, collectors, Pukka staff - through to you.

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping is the CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of organizations working on climate change with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. He has 18 years’ experience in the private sector, consulting for and running manufacturing businesses. Previously, he was executive director of CDP.

Karen Creavin

Karen Creavin

Karen Creavin, Head of Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Service, works with the Local Government Agency (LGA) and is a regular speaker at conferences and training sessions on the links between health, well-being and sport.

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.

Fee: 
£ 795.00
NOTE: Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday of the first week to Friday afternoon the last week, and includes four nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.
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