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How to create an economy for the common good - Can caterpillars fly?

Time to Thrive in association with the Civil Society Forum

Monday, 2 November 2015 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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How can we make companies ‘profitable’ in a way that helps humans thrive and conserves our planet for future generations – and enable communities to maximize their contribution to the common good? How can we live in joy instead of fear? Is there a way to put co-operation above greed? What sort of mindset do we need to lead the change? – This underpins the growing search for what thought leader Charles Handy calls ‘Second Curve’; re-aligning our practices to build a world where all can flourish.

Christian Felber founder of the movement, Economy for the Common Good outlines his vision for ways to change the system, unleashing powerful changes for people and the planet. This includes a framework for supporting and evaluating the success of businesses, local authorities and community groups and in September was endorsed by the European Economic and Social Committee with the aim of integrating the model into legal frameworks of the EU and of the member states. 

Mark Drewell, founder and previous chair of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative shares insights on what is needed to develop second curve organisation and leadership practices – Can caterpillars fly?

Constructive Dialogue

The speakers will be followed by an opportunity for constructive dialogue on how we could move towards a commons based approach where the values we cherish as human beings - trust, honesty, esteem, respect, empathy, co-operation and sharing could be better represented in the business and community organisations that make up our economy.  

Further involvement and Sponsorship

We are actively seeking sponsorship of for short series of activities to build momentum in Second Curce practies to build an Economy for the Common Good as well as the wider series of “Constructive Dialogue” events, building on the themes introduced during this evening. If you would be interested in being a sponsor or getting more involved in the initiative in any way, please get in touch email:

This event is being run in partnership with Initiaitves of Change "Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy" Programme and the Economy for the Common Good

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When & Where

Initiatives of Change - London Office
24 Greencoat Place
SW1P 1RD London
United Kingdom

Monday, 2 November 2015 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Time to Thrive in association with the Civil Society Forum

Come on a Time to Thrive Now course to help you to live life to the full. We get one chance at life (that we know of) so let’s make the most of it! Like a plant in the garden, when we are in the right conditions we just burst into life. Unlike plants, we can get up and walk and do a lot to create those conditions for ourselves. Time to Thrive Now is a six week course using elements of life coaching, sports psychology, mindfulness and CBT to help you face the challenges of life in a positive and supportive way.

Esther has spent more than 25 years supporting individuals and teams to take on challenges in organisations, communities and in the mountains. She has trained as a coach (International Coaching Federation accredited coach training programme), completed a certificate in counselling and qualified as a Human Systems Dynamics Practitioner. She has found these experiences useful in her own life journey and draws on them in helping others along their own journeys.

Esther Ridsdale

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