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.


More speakers to be announced over the coming weeks.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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 from 10am - 4pm

    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.

    Book this workshop in addition to your Meaning ticket, or on its own, for £125 (includes lunch).

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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 from 10am - 4pm

    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.

    Book this workshop in addition to your Meaning ticket, or on its own, for £125 (includes lunch).

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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.

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TICKETS

There are only 200 Meaning tickets available.
Sorry folks, the earlybird tickets have all sold out.
On Monday 13 Oct we'll release the final 50 tickets priced at £190 +VAT.
If you buy three or more tickets the cost will be reduced by 20%.

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SCHEDULE

Meaning is a one day conference running from 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.
A lovely lunch together provides an informal way to get to know other participants and keep the conversation going.

Full schedule including optional workshops coming soon.

  • MORNING

    9.00
    Registration
    9:45
    Welcome
    Will McInnes
    10.00
    Stowe Boyd
    The future of work
    10:30
    Caroline Lucas
    Sustainbility in business
    11.00
    David Hieatt
    Purpose in action
    11:30
    BREAK
    12.00
    Umair Haque
    The future of capitalism
    12.30
    Karen Pine
    Behaviour change
  • AFTERNOON

    13:00
    Lunch
    created by Secret Restaurant
    14:00
    Alexander Kjerulf
    Happiness at work
    14.30
    Margaret Elliott
    Employee ownership
    15.00
    Vinay Gupta
    Open source business
    15.30
    BREAK
    16.00
    Pamela Warhurst
    Action for change
    16.30
    Luis Suarez
    A collaborative future
    17.00
    Wrap-up
    Will McInnes
  • EVENING

    17.15
    Drinks
    In the foyer bar

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 2014

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