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Holistic Business 2019: Transforming Business from the Inside

Holistic Business
Key Info: 
  • Discover a new model of holistic economics
  • Get advice and inspiration from key figures in business and leadership
  • 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, Seb Pole (CEO of Pukka Herbs), Satish Kumar (Editor of Resurgence, Founder of Schumacher College), Karen Creavin (Birmingham City Council), Nigel Topping (CEO of We Mean Business), Hege Saebjornsen (Director of Sustainability IKEA UK) (by Skype) and Kate Raworth (by Skype)

£ 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.

With Jenny Mackewn, Seb Pole (CEO of Pukka Herbs), Satish Kumar (Editor of Resurgence, Founder of Schumacher College), Karen Creavin (Birmingham City Council), Nigel Topping (CEO of We Mean Business), Hege Saebjornsen (Director of Sustainability IKEA UK) (by Skype) and Kate Raworth (by Skype)

We have invited economists and leaders from high profile businesses and organisations to share their stories of success in creating ethical and sustainable enterprises which are purpose-led, visionary and inspiring. We then examine how we can apply their learning to our own professional lives.

We start by introducing Kate Raworth’s new Doughnut model of Economics which has become integral in changing the way people across the world do business, showing that it is possible to benefit people and planet and still make a profit.  We examine our own beliefs about economic transactions and co-create ways of envisaging economics to improve justice and wellbeing to all – without destroying the environment. Kate will discuss this via video link.

We hear from our speakers how they turned around their own lives and their businesses and organisations to achieve sustainable success which is kind to all life, human and animal.

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, and professional environment. 

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.  Through this course participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the Schumacher learning community, be nourished by the surroundings and learn give and take through our daily activities and interactions.

A walk through the week

On Day One

We eat the first of many delicious vegetarian meals, we are introduced to the college; we walk in the outdoor world and seek inspiration from nature; we share our individual intentions for choosing to be together here, now.  We begin to imagine the collective potential of ourselves as a group who can collaborate to achieve more together than individually.  We meet Jenny Mackewn, former interim Head of Schumacher College and Kate Raworth Author of Donut Economics, via video link.

Jenny invites you to: 

  • Review what you have already achieved even in times of austerity or against the odds
  • Envisage what you want to make happen now – whatever the potential limitations
  • Identify a Breakthrough Question for yourself

On Day Two

We explore: What is the Holistic Business Model? 

We are introduced to Kate Raworth’s Doughnut model of Economics – which offers a fairer distribution of wealth to all, together with active care for the planet and the future.  Kate is available via video link to hear our own ideas and views about economics and to answer our questions.  

We visit the beautiful Dartington Estate and clarify our sense of purpose through the inspiration of nature.  Here we share our own stories of professional and personal experience.

We meet Hege Saebjornsen, Sustainability Lead for IKEA UK who joins this programme for the day.  Hege tells us how she found her job at Ikea shortly after the inspiration of participating in a Schumacher programme.  She explains how 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 and processes. IKEA is using much more renewable energy, taking ever greater care for the forests, helping people to lead more sustainable lives in their homes and providing decent working conditions for its staff all over the world. 

Hege and Jenny invite us to actively explore how we can take on board some of the inspiration of Hege’s story:

• How can we make our lives/ businesses/ organisations more circular?  How can we take responsibility for all the life stages of our products or processes? 
• How can we help people lead more sustainable lives in their homes? 
• How can we act to ensure that the businesses we buy from provide decent working conditions for their employees? 

On Day Three

We meet Seb Pole, CEO of Pukka Herbs. An inspiring story teller, Seb tells us how he and his team have created a unique global company that is dedicated to finding a better way to do business as well as for the promotion of Fair Life teas and herbs.  Its essence is to serve people and planet as well as Pukka. He explains how it has become imperative for every person, organisation, business and government to take action to protect the future of our planet and the many species which are threatened with extinction. He discusses how Pukka put ethics and aesthetics at the heart of their marketing. 

Seb and Jenny invite us to actively explore how we too can

  • Create (or influence) organisations to dedicate themselves to protecting the future of our planet and the species that are threatened with extinction
  • Put ethics and aesthetics at the heart of our marketing
  • Make our product our mission 

Satish and Jenny invite us to explore how we too can

  • Make ethical business practice become our unique selling point.   

On Day Four

We meet Karen Creavin, Director of Birmingham’s Wellbeing Service. Karen explains how she set up and then protected the Wellbeing Service through times of austerity and severe cuts.

Karen and Jenny invite us to:

  • Co-design our own Gaia project for our own business or organisational endeavours
  • Map our own powers to influence the wider world (both individually & collectively)

In the evening of Day 4 we meet Satish Kumar, former Jain monk and international speaker and founder of several inspirational organisations and businesses. Satish tells us the story of his life and how he believes it is possible for organisations and businesses to work in the service of the earth – not the other way around.  

On Day Five

We meet Nigel Topping, CEO of We Mean Business, a dynamic coalition of different businesses and organisations that work together to explore how new economics can be put into practice in the business and organisational world. Nigel shows us how coalitions such as We Mean Business and BKorp enable individuals, organisations and businesses to collaborate and cooperate - avoiding duplication, contradiction and confusion - in order to work together creatively and effectively in the interests of people and planet. 

Nigel and Jenny invite our group of participants to:

  • Explore the coalitions and networks that we are already part of
  • Co-create new coalitions and networks amongst ourselves – to ensure we take all we have learnt during our week at Schumacher College back into the world
  • Act as a dynamic coalition connected to other like-minded networks.

We arrange small group support, distance learning and an optional reunion to ensure that.

Who is this course 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
With Jenny Mackewn, Seb Pole (CEO of Pukka Herbs), Satish Kumar (Editor of Resurgence, Founder of Schumacher College), Karen Creavin (Birmingham City Council), Nigel Topping (CEO of We Mean Business), Hege Saebjornsen (Director of Sustainability IKEA UK) (by Skype) and Kate Raworth (by Skype)
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.

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.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Course Contributor

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.

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 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.

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&Ireland. 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.

Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.  She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.  Her internationally acclaimed idea of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists, and she has presented it to audiences ranging from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement. Her book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist is being published in the UK and US in April 2017 and translated into Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and Japanese.  Over the past 20 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.

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