Meaning – the annual gathering for progressive business – returns to Brighton’s Dome on 14 November. Now in its eighth year, the conference has a packed agenda that will bring inspiration and fellowship to the growing body of people who believe the world of business should have a positive impact in our world.
The particular challenges of our time form a significant part of this year’s Meaning programme. Speakers and workshops will take on themes like 👉 the role of business in climate breakdown and 👉 new ways to structure and organise our workplaces and working lives.
Hosting Meaning 2019 will be Nilofer Merchant – widely acknowledged as one of the business world’s brightest leaders. Nilofer will bring her own concept of ‘Onlyness’ to Meaning – a message of recognising the unique role each of us can identify and embrace in our working lives.
Also appearing at Meaning will be renowned journalist and commentator Paul Mason, Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell, New Economics Foundation CEO Miatta Fahnbulleh, and Brett Hennig, who advocates for the use of citizens’ assemblies. Business investor Armin Steuernagel will make the case for ‘steward ownership’ of businesses, whilst Jennifer Brandel will describe a whole new approach to audience-led journalism. Sarah McKinley will also explain ‘The Cleveland Model’ for community wealth building. World Fair Trade Organization CEO Erinch Sahan will share his passion for global trade justice, and Maff Potts, will tell us the story of how the ‘Camerados’ movement was born.
Supporting the main conference will be a choice of hands-on workshop sessions and community-organised ‘Meaning Fringe’ events to create a rich experience that attracts attendees from across Europe and beyond.
Meaning director Louise Ash describes Meaning:
“Meaning has become a key annual date for people who care about our world and society to get together and look at how business can play a positive role. For me, this year’s speakers bring out the role of people power in tackling the huge inequalities that exist. We live in challenging times, but the positivity of Meaning is something very special.”
More about Meaning:
Meaning began in 2012 as a way of bringing together a forward-thinking business community and continues to grow year by year under the inspired leadership of Louise Ash. It’s a one day event with a single track of talks complemented by three tracks of workshops and breakout discussions and an excellent lunch.
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More about Meaning Fringe:
In addition to the core conference 23 independently organised Fringe events will take place during the course of the week, ranging from a guided sea swim, to social meet-ups to in depth leadership workshops.
📣 More about the speakers:
Meaning 2019 host Nilofer Merchant is a champion for the untapped potential lying wasted in organisations around the world. She believes passionately in the power each and every one of us has to help solve the challenges of our time.
Clare Farrell | Extinction Rebellion
Clare is an activist and campaigner devoting her creativity, her energy, and occasionally her personal liberty, to fight climate collapse. As a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion she is at the strategic heart of a mass movement of people using non-violent direct action in the firm belief that these are a proven way to create rapid change.
Paul Mason | Journalist and author
Journalist, film-maker and author Paul Mason returns to Meaning to help everyone explore what it means to be human in an age of algorithms and markets. He will offer a vision of humans as more than puppets, customers or cogs in a machine. This will be an optimistic call to arms for the restoration of our collective humanity.
Armin Steuernagel | Purpose Ventures
Armin is an investor on a mission: a mission to help companies protect themselves from the clutches of vulture capital. At Meaning he’ll introduce the audience to the concept of steward ownership as a way to nurture a business’s growth without risking the integrity of its founding purpose.
Miatta Fahnbulleh | New Economics Foundation
As chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, Miatta leads an organisation that is at the cutting edge of thinking on progressive economics and social policy. At Meaning she’ll help the audience understand how a Green New Deal can work in practice to create a more equitable and sustainable economy for all.
Maff Potts | Association of Camerados
Maff Potts believes the key to a happier and healthier society is friendship. That’s why he founded the Association of Camerados. And he’s coming to Meaning to invite everyone to join in.
In an ever-changing world, journalism as we know it is struggling to survive. At Meaning, entrepreneur and journalist Jennifer Brandel makes a compelling case for a new approach to media creativity using an innovative model for audience-first journalism.
Sarah McKinley | The Democracy Collaborative
Sarah McKinley is part of the pioneering team that helped design ‘The Cleveland Model’ – a simple but radically transformative way for co-operative businesses to operate in partnership with public institutions as part of a healthy, resilient localised economy.
Erinch Sahan | World Fair Trade Organization
As chief executive of WFTO, Erinch will bring to Meaning his passion and advocacy for fair trade – not just as a certification for products but as a way of operating in business that supports communities, enables sustainability and creates prosperity.
Brett Hennig | The Sortition Foundation
With our faith in politics at an all-time low, is it time to reinvent the way we interpret democratic ideals? Brett Hennig explains how the practice of sortition – once favoured by the ancient Greeks and now demanded by the Extinction Rebellion movement – could revive the practice of government, by asking ordinary people, randomly selected, to make decisions on behalf of society. 💡
The 2019 conference is set to be Meaning’s biggest yet.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your tribe!
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