Making Values Visible 2020
The Quakers and Business Annual Conference
6 - 7 November 2020
Key note speaker: Michael Smith, Initiatives of Change UK, on Unlocking Potential During Lockdown
"Despite the appalling suffering of the Covid pandemic, it has also brought out the best in human nature: a spirit of empathy and caring for one another. This has been true in some respects in the world of business as well as public services. So I want to tell a few stories this morning of business people who are making their values visible through their practices, and spirit of empathy, encouraged by their times of silent reflection"
Prof Rory Ridley-Duff, Sheffield Hallam University - Author/Co-author of: Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (Sage), Creating Social Enterprises in FairShares Labs, (FairShares Association) The Case for FairShares (CreateSpace Independent Publishers)
Rory outlines how we can define "Six Forms of Wealth Post-Covid"
Dr. Stephen Allen, Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Sheffield University Management School
Stephen asks if businesses can learn from Quakers about organising in progressive ways:
The Quaker Business Method: How It Works Is Why It Works
A seminar by Peter Cheng held on 3rd May 2018, sponsored by the Quakers and Business Group and hosted by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.
Peter Cheng outlines the procedure for the seminar and introduces the topic.
Peter Cheng discusses the Quaker Business Method (QBM) as a tool kit for decision making meetings.
Peter Cheng presents some of the challenges to decision making that cognitive science has exposed. He goes on to explore how the Quaker Business Method might mitigate the challenges to give better decisions.
Peter Cheng introduces the idea of social engineering and models for moral decision making, and then goes on to discuss Steven Pinker’s Models of moral behaviour.
2014 Annual Quaker Business Conference
5th November 2014 in London
John Meadley, co-founder and chairman of the Pasture-fed Livestock Association, introduces the 2014 Q&B Business Conference: FOOD - there's a story behind everything we eat.
John Turner, a farmer from Lincolnshire, gives a brief overview of his farm and the degree to which markets shape today’s farming. He considers where farming currently finds itself, where many would like to see it develop and the practical steps for making that transition.
Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, describes his three year investigation into global industrial farming resulting in the publication of the well-reviewed book - FARMAGEDDON.
Colin Tudge, farmer, writer and co-founder of the Campaign for Real Farming and the Oxford Real Farming Conference, speaks about how we can feed the world, now and in the future, without wrecking it.
Sally Bagenal, co-founder and former CEO of the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative, shares her experience, ranging from practical farming through to engaging with the supermarkets.
Patrick Chalmers, former Reuters reporter and author of Fraudcast News, shares some ideas about how we can become citizen journalists.
2013 Spring Gathering held on 20th April 2013 in Sheffield
Some Surprising Findings about Goals in Coaching by David Megginson - published authority on coaching and mentoring, and Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Development at Sheffield Business School.
David presents insights gained from his research into the use of goals during coaching and mentoring. He reveals the varying nature of goals and how they need to fit the situation.
2011 Annual Conference held on 16th November 2011 in London
Chocolate and Quaker Capitalism by Deborah Cadbury - Award winning author of ‘Chocolate Wars’ and television producer.
Deborah tells how Richard and George Cadbury took over their father's loss making cocoa factory in 1861 and turned it into the largest chocolate enterprise in the world in a generation. All the more remarkable, they did this while applying their Quaker values.
Business and Ethics - a Cadbury Experience by Mark Reckitt - Group Strategy Director at the Smiths Group, who was previously a senior manager at Cadbury, Green and Black’s and Kraft.
Mark shares his insights into how Smiths Group and Cadbury approach business ethics while managing the constant pressure to make short term profits and long term investment. Mark also provides an insider’s view of the multi-billion pound showdown between Kraft and Cadbury.
Questions and Answers Session with Deborah Cadbury and Mark Reckitt
Deborah and Mark follow on from their presentations with a session answering questions from the conference participants.
2011 Spring Gathering held on 2nd April 2011 in Edinburgh
Behind and Beyond the Pornography of Consumerism by Alastair McIntosh - a Quaker, independent scholar, activist, writer, speaker, broadcaster and the well know author of 'Hell and High Water' and 'Soil and Soul'.
Alastair analyses the importance of spirituality and its place in preventing our destruction of this planet. He points out that money is not evil, but the love of it is, and that boredom and laziness often start the rot, when people see that they can make money without labour.