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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, 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 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


A walk through the week

On Day One
We meet each other and are introduced to the College.  We eat the first of many delicious vegetarian meals.
You will meet Jenny Mackewn, Trainer in Embodied, Systemic and Holistic approaches to leadershi , facilitation, coaching and Former Head of Schumacher College.  

We introduce an Exploration of what we mean by Holistic Business – which will continue throughout the week.

We meet Hege Saebjornsen, Sustainability Lead for IKEA UK.  Hege offers us our first example of Holistic Business.   She tells us how she found her job at Ikea shortly after participating in a Schumacher leadership 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 - using much more renewable energy, taking greater care of the forests, helping people to lead more sustainable lives and providing decent working conditions for co-workers all over the world.

Hege and Jenny invite us to actively explore how we can implement 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 ensure that the businesses we buy from provide decent working conditions for their co-workers or employees?

In the evening of day one, We walk in the outdoor world around Schumacher College and seek inspiration from nature; we identify a breakthrough questions for each of us individually.  We share our individual intentions and breakthrough questions .

On Day Two
We meet Seb Pole, Founder and CEO of Pukka Herbs. An inspired and 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 ethical business practice our unique selling point 

In the evening of day 2, we work in small groups to tell the story of our own business experience and receive the wisdom and guidance of other participants - through a creative ‘case clinic’

On Day Three
We take stock and reinforce our learning so far.  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 a video made especially for the participants of this programme. 

We deepen our exploration of what we mean by Holistic Business – reviewing: 
1. what business models,
2. what values
3. what purpose
4. what practices
…….  we think are appropriate to Holistic Business? 

In the afternoon, we spend some time visiting the beautiful Dartington Estate and clarify our sense of purpose for own lives, businesses and organisations through the inspiration of nature. 

In the evening of day three, we meet Satish Kumar who offers us a fireside chat. Satish is an international speaker and founder of several inspirational organisations and businesses – including Schumacher College. Satish tells us the story of his inspiring life and paints an unforgettable picture of organisations and businesses working in the service of the earth – not the other way around. He explains how organisations can be economically viable and at the same time dedicated to the care and service of the earth.  Satish loves to make time to answer our questions.

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

Karen and Jenny invite us to:
• Review what we ourselves have achieved even in times of austerity or against the odds
• Envisage what else we want to make happen – with or without money and despite the threat of cuts
In the afternoon, we go on a field trip and tell the stories of our responses to these questions

In the evening of day four, we once more work in our small groups to ensure that everyone who wishes to do so gets the opportunity to tell the story of their own business experience and receive the wisdom and guidance of other participants - through a creative ‘case clinic’

On Day Five
We begin to imagine the collective potential of ourselves as a group who can collaborate to achieve more than any one of us can do individually. 
We meet Nigel Topping, CEO of 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 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.

Jenny invites our group of participants to:
• Explore the coalitions and networks that we are already part of
• Co-create new coalitions & networks amongst ourselves Act as a dynamic coalition connected to other like-minded networks.

We arrange: 
• small group support,
• distance learning 
• an optional virtual reunion where we can tell the stories of what we have achieved and learnt in order to help us put into practice what we have learned at Schumacher

Exact times and details of this outline programme may vary to meet the changing field conditions and interests of the group

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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