Meaning 2014, November 18th, Brighton, Uk
A NixonMcInnes thing for better 21st century business

Meaning conference exists to help connect and inspire the
people who believe in better business.
Be part of the change.

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SPEAKERS

Our speakers are international thinkers and doers from business,
academia and activism, each bringing their view of the
challenges and opportunities available to us.


Here's the 2014 line-up.

  • Ben Dyson

    Ben is the founder of Positive Money, a campaign for a banking system that works for society and not against it. He will get to the nitty gritty of how the current process for money creation is causing a rise in poverty, instability and inequality. And he'll ask us to imagine what a modern and sustainable system could look like.

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  • Lauri Feinsod

    Lauri is the CEO of Graphik Dimensions, a highly successful and fast growing US picture framing company that is also a truly conscious business. Lauri will share her passion for unleashing the magnificent potential in every one of her work family and explain that why for her success and consciousness go hand in hand.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Stefania Druga

    Stefania is the founder of HacKIDemia, an international organisation that supports learning by doing and playing. Stefania will inspire us with the story of AfriMakers, the project that trains makers in the third world to solve their own problems through creativity and collaboration.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Mark Stevenson

    Mark is an author, futurologist, former stand-up comedian, businessman and deep-thinker. But first and foremost he’s an optimist. At Meaning he’ll share his view of how emerging technologies will disrupt and transform the future of geo-politics, our industries, our organisations, our careers, and life as we know it.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Joel & Michelle Levey

    Joel and Michelle Levey are arguably the world’s foremost experts in how our complex, challenging lives can be improved through mindfulness practice. Their work promotes leadership, change resilience and collective intelligence within government, healthcare, business and even the armed forces.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Bob Doak

    Bob joins us from W.L. Gore & Associates - best known as the manufacturers of Gore-Tex fabric. Gore is a thriving global company with a truly progressive culture. Bob will share what it’s like to be a leader within an organisation that has no bosses, no hierarchy and no chains of command. And he’ll provide the evidence that proves there really is a better way to do business.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Neil Mullarkey

    Neil is one of the founders of modern improvisational theatre, best known as co-creator of the Comedy Store Players. At Meaning Neil will explain how ‘improv’ has grown from its educational roots into a powerful form of comedy that is now being used in business. He’ll give us a chance to experience the buzz of improv and help us discover new possibilities for developing deeper trust and collaboration at work.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Sun Tui

    Ten Minutes of Meaning: What can we learn from horses about leadership, relationships and respect? Sun Tui is a pioneer in the field of equine assisted learning. In this short talk, she’ll be explaining the theory behind this fascinating and powerful practice and will share some moving examples of its life-changing impact.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Iain Chambers

    Ten Minutes of Meaning: Iain was in the audience at Meaning 2012. He was inspired by the speakers on stage he seized the moment and convinced our event host to allow him to address the audience himself. He made an appeal for a campaign to save his local community hall and this year Iain returns to offer an update.

    FULL PROFILE

  • Alexander Kjerulf

    Ten Minutes of Meaning: Best known as the world’s Chief Happiness Officer, Alex was a big hit at Meaning 2012. He exhorted us to see the difference between mere job satisfaction and a genuine happiness in our work. Alex is back to ask if we have what it takes to be a workplace rebel.

    FULL PROFILE

FOLLOW THE STORY

Get a flavour of what it was like at Meaning 2014 via our StorySteam

WORKSHOP

  • Mind-fitness for leadership

    This advanced mind-fitness workshop will offer a deeper exploration of the themes of mindful leadership, mind-fitness training, change resilience, and wisdom at work.

    You’ll learn how understanding and applying these concepts brings benefit not only to the individual, but to the organisation, and ultimately to the world in which we live.

    A one-day workshop on Wednesday 19 Nov 2014 from 9.30am - 4.30pm at 68 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL

    The work of Joel and Michelle Levey has touched the lives of millions of people over the last few decades. While we are fortunate enough to have Joel and Michelle here in Brighton, we have the exciting opportunity to spend more time learning from them.

    This special Meaning workshop will give us the chance to experience the same clarity, confidence and inspiration the Leveys have brought to people at Google, NASA, the World Bank and countless others around the world.

    Joel and Michelle’s ‘Mind-Fitness for Leadership’ workshop is designed for people have some experience of mindfulness or meditation as an approach within their working life or personal health. This is your invitation to explore the application of these methods more deeply and thoroughly under the guidance of these world leaders in the shift towards a wiser, more thoughtful society.

    Rather than merely talking about mindfulness and mind-fitness, Joel and Michelle will run the workshop from a position of mindfulness itself, inviting attendees into an environment where they can truly experience its benefits and discoveries.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Discover how mindfulness and mind-fitness principles can help you increase your capacity for presence, clarity, thoughtfulness, empathy, and ecological wisdom within your relationships.

    • Rather than feeling overwhelmed by life’s perceived lack of time and space, learn how to create a greater sense of spaciousness, flow, and choice in your life.

    • Discover new perspectives and techniques that can be skillfully applied in ways that are aligned with the objectives and purpose of your work and your organisation.

    • In this immersive workshop environment, you’ll experience how shared mindfulness can mobilize our collective intelligence and wisdom, bringing the power of full presence and authenticity to your work and interactions.

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    Mind-fitness for leadership

    This advanced mind-fitness workshop will offer a deeper exploration of the themes of mindful leadership, mind-fitness training, change resilience, and wisdom at work.

    You’ll learn how understanding and applying these concepts brings benefit not only to the individual, but to the organisation, and ultimately to the world in which we live.

    A one-day workshop on Wednesday 19 Nov 2014 from 9.30am - 4.30pm at 68 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL

    The work of Joel and Michelle Levey has touched the lives of millions of people over the last few decades. While we are fortunate enough to have Joel and Michelle here in Brighton, we have the exciting opportunity to spend more time learning from them.

    This special Meaning workshop will give us the chance to experience the same clarity, confidence and inspiration the Leveys have brought to people at Google, NASA, the World Bank and countless others around the world.

    Joel and Michelle’s ‘Mind-Fitness for Leadership’ workshop is designed for people have some experience of mindfulness or meditation as an approach within their working life or personal health. This is your invitation to explore the application of these methods more deeply and thoroughly under the guidance of these world leaders in the shift towards a wiser, more thoughtful society.

    Rather than merely talking about mindfulness and mind-fitness, Joel and Michelle will run the workshop from a position of mindfulness itself, inviting attendees into an environment where they can truly experience its benefits and discoveries.

    What you’ll learn:

    • Discover how mindfulness and mind-fitness principles can help you increase your capacity for presence, clarity, thoughtfulness, empathy, and ecological wisdom within your relationships.

    • Rather than feeling overwhelmed by life’s perceived lack of time and space, learn how to create a greater sense of spaciousness, flow, and choice in your life.

    • Discover new perspectives and techniques that can be skillfully applied in ways that are aligned with the objectives and purpose of your work and your organisation.

    • In this immersive workshop environment, you’ll experience how shared mindfulness can mobilize our collective intelligence and wisdom, bringing the power of full presence and authenticity to your work and interactions.

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THEMES

The world is changing faster than ever. Power is shifting. There are new rules. How can business be a force for positive change in the world and for ourselves?

  • 21st century economics

    What are the macro challenges and opportunities for business to address?

    • Post-growth economics
    • Debt-free prosperity
    • Technology
    • Social innovation

  • 21st century organisations

    How must our organisations adapt to the needs and challenges of the future?

    • Conscious business
    • Organisational democracy
    • Purpose & vision
    • Values-driven business
    • Organisation design
    • Employee ownership

  • 21st century leadership

    What is required to lead ourselves and our organisations through the transformation ahead?

    • Mindfulness
    • Compassion
    • Resilience
    • Empathy
    • Consciousness

WHY MEANING?

Meaning seeks to convene a community around the possibilities for better 21st century business. Be part of change.

  • Get inspired

    Take time out from the day job to free your mind and get inspired. Hear stories from the people who are taking practical steps to create greater meaning in business.

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  • Make connections

    You are not alone! Meet others who are passionate about changing the world of business. This year there’ll be more time for discussion and group work. And of course there’s always the lunch.

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  • Create change

    Walk away with ideas and practical tips on how to create change in your work or organisation. The optional workshop sessions will provide space for plotting and co-creation.

    FULL PROFILE

TICKETS

Meaning is held in a 320 seat venue.
Tickets are already selling fast for next year's event which is happening
on 12 November 2015. Buying three or more will secure you a 20% discount.

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SCHEDULE

Meaning 2014 was a one day conference.
A shared lunch and optional break time activities provided opportunities
to create connections with other participants.

  • MORNING

    9.00
    Registration
    9:30
    Welcome
    Tom Nixon
    9:35
    Mark Stevenson
    An optimist on tour
    10:00
    Ben Dyson
    Positive Money
    10:30
    Stefania Druga
    Making change
    11:00
    BREAK
    11:30
    Bob Doak
    Organising for innovation
    11:55
    The Leveys
    Resilience through complexity
    12:20
    Lauri Feinsod
    Consciousness at work
  • AFTERNOON

    12:55
    Lunch
    After your meal join one of the sessions in the foyer area
    14:25
    Workshops
    Take your pick...

    EXPERIENCE MIND-FITNESS
    with Joel & Michelle Levey


    CONGRUENCE IN BUSINESS
    with CBP


    OUR MONEY STORIES
    with Charles Davies
    15.40
    BREAK
    16.10
    Iain Chambers
    Exeter Street Hall
    16:20
    Sun Tui
    Learning with horses
    16:30
    Alex Kjerulf
    Workplace rebellion
    16:40
    Neil Mullarkey
    Improvising business
  • EVENING

    17.30
    Drinks
    In the foyer bar
    18:30
    After party
    At The Fountain Head, North Road, BN1 1YE

LOCATION

The Corn Exchange, Brighton, BN1 1UE

For travel details please visit the Corn Exchange website

PARTNERS

A huge thank you to the friends of NixonMcInnes who have made this Meaning conference possible with their skill and generosity.

NixonMcInnes

Meaning is brought to you by NixonMcInnes. We are a transformation
consultancy specialising in people and culture. And we believe in
the need to re-design business for the 21st century.

We look forward to seeing you at Meaning 2015

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