The festival with Meaning

Meaning conference
United Kingdom (Brighton)

Described as “The Glastonbury of business“ (minus the wellington boots, silent disco and huge clean-up operation), Meaning is an edgy conference held in Brighton, UK that connects and inspires the people who believe in better business.

Director Louise Ash explains: “At Meaning you’ll find bold ideas from unexpected places. You’ll find thinkers and do-ers from business, activism, academia and the arts. You’ll find the pioneering purpose-driven businesses innovating to disrupt not only their sectors but whole systems.”

The heady mix of talks is carefully curated to showcase the pioneers who are taking bold steps in business and beyond. The 2017 event on 16 November will be hosted by author, futurist and Atlas Futurenaut Mark Stevenson, who will bring a sense of inventive possibility to the Meaning community, inviting us to take bold steps forward. He will also be joined by sustainability guru Ed Gillespie, for their Futurenauts interactive cabaret show ‘Power, Death and Money‘ (pictured above).

Other speakers include global resilience guru Vinay Gupta, who will share his thinking on the blockchain and its potential to radically alter world bureaucracy for the better, and Tessa Wernink, co-founder of Fairphone, the electronics start-up offering a sustainable and ethical alternative to the mobile phone technologies that dominate the market. Carl Jarvis is Headteacher at Hartsholme Academy, “the worst school in the country”, which has a story of bold transformation in times of crisis.

Humanitas resident Jurriën Mentink lives in a community where old and young live alongside each other as neighbours and companions. It offers young people the chance to trade their time and attention for affordable accommodation – with meaningful results. The Misfit Economy’s Kyra Maya Phillips will argue that the boldest business innovators aren’t always found in corporate boardrooms or funky tech start-ups, but in the street markets, prisons and refugee camps of the world.

During this year’s one day event in Brighton Dome, smaller groups will gather beyond the auditorium to go deeper into the themes that move them most in workshops and breakout discussions. “We engineer serendipity to help participants connect with and learn from their fellow travellers on the road to better business.”

Its ultimate purpose is to provide a gathering point for purpose-driven business innovators and to mainstream the ideas from the edges that will create change at the heart of business.

Watch► this video with Mark Stevenson. Videos of all the talks are available on the Meaning YouTube channel.

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Louise Ash (14 June 2017)


Meaning conference's event director. On a mission to 'disrupt business as usual'.

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