Meaning conference is the annual gathering for people who believe business can and must be better in the 21st century.
Our speakers are international thinkers and doers from business, academia and activism, each bringing their view of the challenges and opportunities available to us. They will all host roundtable discussions in addition to their talks. They are:
Jos de Blok, founder of Buurtzorg
Buurtzorg is a Netherlands-based organisation that is radically changing the way healthcare is delivered to communities. He will show us how autonomous teams of nurses are being freed from the constraints of management hierarchy in order to to focus on their important work.
Miriam Turner, co-innovation lead at Interface
Miriam will explain how the philosophy of the ‘circular economy’ can positively influence creative business decisions. She believes the way to create true sustainability is by taking an innovative approach - not only to the design of products and services, but also to the design of the business relationships that enable the best ideas to flourish.
James Vaccaro, head of strategy at Triodos Bank
James believes it's time to re-imagine the role of banks in shaping our society. He says banks have the power to put human wellbeing above profit - a belief that has helped build Triodos’ reputation as one of the leading ethical operators in a deeply troubled sector.
Jackie Lynton, head of transformation at NHS Horizons
Jackie is bringing change to the NHS. She believes in working through the disruptive power of connection rather than hierarchy. At Meaning, Jackie will use the story of NHS Change Day and the School for Radicals to show how it's possible to create a grassroots movement in an old-school bureaucracy.
Julia Rebholz, group sustainability director at Centrica
Julia is group sustainability director at Centrica. She believes we can only solve the complex questions of sustainable energy production if we strive to deeply understand the complexities of our world, our needs and our interdependencies. At Meaning she'll explain why, rather than just tinkering with technology, a bold, human-focused approach is essential.
Annette Mees, artist
Annette is an artist with a radically optimistic vision of the future and how we might get there. Her year-long project 'The Almanac of the Future' brings together 15-and 65-year-olds from six continents to learn from our collective experience of the last 50 years and map our journey into the next half-century.
Jaideep Prabhu, professor of marketing at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
In his book - ‘Frugal Innovation’ Jaideep argues that the western model of innovation is bloated, wasteful and out of sync with current market realities. At Meaning we'll discover what can be learnt from emerging markets where consumer-led ecosystems are creating value outside the formal economy.
Marcus Coates, artist
Best known for his shamanic performances, artist Marcus Coates channels the practices of ancient cultures to attempt to communicate between the human and animal worlds. At Meaning, he will be inviting us to place greater value in our subconscious mind and to use its power to solve the problems we face in life and in business.
Panel: where does power belong in the organisations for the future?
The afternoon panel session will explore two big questions: Is a focus on employee wellbeing merely a means to greater productivity and profit? And what is the relationship between power and ownership? How do the dynamics of a company change when it is owned by its workers or even its customers? NixonMcInnes founder Tom Nixon will chair our panel: community ownership advocate Dave Boyle; people-focussed entrepreneur Jack Hubbard; employee ownership expert Carole Leslie and Kevin McCoy - investor in people and culture.
At Meaning you'll learn from these pioneers and build connections with like-minded peers. Join us. Be part of change.
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Meaningful Events is a Brighton based event management company. We love projects that have a meaningful purpose at their heart, hence the name.