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Holistic Business 2019: Transforming Business from the Inside

Holistic Business
Key Info: 
  • Discover a new model of holistic economics
  • Hear positive up to date examples of transforming business and organisations from the inside
  • Gain skills and support to transform your own businesses and organisations
  • Join a network of allies who are currently transforming business from the inside

With Jenny Mackewn, Sebastian Pole (Co-founder of Pukka Herbs), Satish Kumar (Editor of Resurgence, Founder of Schumacher College), Karen Creavin (Birmingham City Council), Nigel Topping (CEO of We Mean Business), Greg Lucas (Circular and Renewable Energy Leader IKEA UK and Ireland)

£ 795.00
Course fees include a four-night stay in private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals. Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.
There are 3 spaces remaining

With Jenny Mackewn, Sebastian Pole (Co-founder of Pukka Herbs), Satish Kumar (Editor of Resurgence, Founder of Schumacher College), Karen Creavin (Birmingham City Council), Nigel Topping (CEO of We Mean Business), Greg Lucas (Circular & Climate Positive Leader, IKEA)

We have invited economists and leaders from the business and organisational world to tell us how they have turned their organisations into ethical and sustainable enterprises which are purpose-led, visionary, inspired and inspiring. They tell us their story and then we explore how we ourselves can learn from their stories and apply the essence of what they have done - to our own lives, circumstances and the organisations with which we work.

We introduce Kate Raworth’s new Doughnut model of Economics which shows how economics can be re-invented to ensure a fairer deal for both people and planet.  We examine our own beliefs about economic transactions and co create ways of envisaging economics which we think will bring more justice and wellbeing to all – without destroying the environment. Kate Raworth has made a special video just for this course.

We hear from each of the business and spiritual leaders about how they transformed their own lives and their businesses/organisations – so that they can now feel proud of their work, good about the way they earn their living and great about the way that their organisations are taking responsibility for the care of peoples, species and habitats. Each positive story is accompanied by an inventive exploration which illustrates how participants on the course can apply the learning embedded in the story to their own life, their own circumstances, and to their organisational/business experience.  

We connect with the beauty of the natural landscape surrounding Schumacher College and we seek inspiration for designing our own lives, business products and processes through the patterns of nature.  By contributing to and being nourished by the Schumacher community, we learn about fair give and take through our daily activities and interactions – as well as through the knowledge and wisdom of our speakers. 

Who is this programme 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
• New guidelines for holistic business – purpose, values, practices
• 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


There are 3 spaces remaining
With Jenny Mackewn, Sebastian Pole (Co-founder of Pukka Herbs), Satish Kumar (Editor of Resurgence, Founder of Schumacher College), Karen Creavin (Birmingham City Council), Nigel Topping (CEO of We Mean Business), Greg Lucas (Circular and Renewable Energy Leader IKEA UK and Ireland)
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.

Seb Pole

Sebastian 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.

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.

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.

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping is CEO of the We Mean Business coalition, a collaborative of NGOs working with business to drive the transition to the zero carbon economy.  In this role he has worked closely with leaders of the UNFCCC process [Christiana Figueres, Laurence Tubiana etc] as well as CEOs of major companies. As well as WMB, Nigel has played a key role in the launching of other collaborative initiatives such as the Science Based Targets initiative and Business for Nature. In this work, Nigel has become particularly focussed on how to create the right conditions for collaboration, starting with the personal stance of each of us as a leader, and looking closely at how conflict arises and is resolved.

Prior to this role, Nigel spent 18 years in industry before studying for his MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, then working for CDP for 8 years.  Nigel has spent a lot of time on icecaps in Greenland, Iceland and Patagonia climbing and experiencing the climate crisis first hand.  He lives in Totnes, Devon, just down the road from the college, with his wife Ann, and is a trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust.

Greg Lucas

Greg Lucas, Circular & Climate Positive Leader, IKEA

Greg works to transform IKEA UK&IE into a circular and climate positive business, built around our customer’s needs and our People & Planet Positive commitments. IKEA aims to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030, changing the way we design products and the services we offer customers to prolong product life and see products as resources for the future. He has over 12 years’ experience in sustainability and business development, particularly around developing circular approaches to business with a range of large organisations, SMEs, NGOs and policy makers.

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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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