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Meaning 2014 is coming: the full rundown

Meaning is coming

On 18 November, we will welcome a gathering of around 300 people to Brighton – people who want to play an active part in improving the world of business. Folks are coming to Meaning from industries like finance, law and housing, and from private, public and third sectors. All share a belief that business can be a force for good in the world.

Will you be there?

If you haven’t yet bought your Meaning ticket, a final few remain up for grabs. Book your place via Eventbrite while you still can.

Here’s a runthrough of the day’s programme:

Mark Stevenson – author of ‘An Optimist’s Tour of the Future’, futurologist, former stand-up comedian and deep thinker.

Ben Dyson – founder of the Positive Money campaign that seeks to establish a banking system that works for society instead of against it.

Stefania Druga – founder of HacKIDemia and AfriMakers – a project that gets third world communities solving problems through making and play.

Bob Doak – director at W.L. Gore & Associates – best known as the manufacturers of Gore-Tex fabric. Gore is a thriving global company with a truly progressive culture.

Joel & Michelle Levey – arguably the world’s foremost experts in how our complex, challenging lives can be improved through practices like mindfulness and mind-health.

Lauri Feinsod – CEO of Graphik Dimensions, a highly successful and fast growing US picture framing company that is also a truly conscious business.

Neil Mullarkey – co-founder of The Comedy Store Players and regular on shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and QI. Neil will share how improvised comedy can create new opportunities for collaboration in business.

Ten Minutes of Meaning

New for 2014, three additional bite-sized talks:

Alexander Kjerulf – the Chief Happiness Officer is back – sharing more insight into what makes us happy in our work and asking if we have what it takes to be a workplace rebel.

Iain Chambers – two years after appealing for help to save his local church hall, Iain tells us what his community has achieved.

Sun Tui – the founder of the International Foundation for Equine Assisted Learning, Sun shares how leaders can develop deep connection through working with horses.

Choose a workshop…

On the day, you’ll be able to choose from one of these three 75 minute workshops:

Joel and Michelle Levey – building on their keynote talk at Meaning the Leveys are offering a chance to try some mindfitness techniques. This will be happening in the main auditorium.

Charles Davies – an exploration of our relationship with money. The promise: by understanding the stories we have about money, we can find very direct ways of unlocking our full creative potential.

Conscious Business People – the CBP team will be looking at the topic of congruence – what it means and how it’s the key to creating a new type of business.

Yet more…

During the breaks we’ll be joined by friends from partner oganisations like #ResponsiveOrg, Worldblu, Do Something Different and The Happy StartUp School who’ll run drop-in sessions and activities designed to spark action and create change.


Lunch at Meaning

The Secret Restaurant is back to cook us a lovely shared lunch. Tuck in and make friends with your fellow diners.

Additional one day workshop with Joel and Michelle Levey on 19 November 2014

This advanced mind-fitness workshop from Joel and Michelle Levey will offer a deeper exploration of the themes of mindful leadership, mind-fitness training, change resilience, and wisdom at work. Book this additional day of Meaning via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about Meaning 2014, ask us via Twitter at @MeaningConf, or email us at

Visit Eventbrite for tickets to be part of the change for better business. See you on the 18th!

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