ebbf news — could these be three ways to elevate business to serve humanity?

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4 min readJan 23, 2024

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“There’s no God-given right for companies to even exist forever.
They have to serve a social purpose.”

You might (perhaps) be surprised by the author of this quote, that fits so well with the big question, the theme of ebbf’s annual conference:
HOW CAN WE ELEVATE BUSINESS & THE ECONOMY TO SERVE HUMANITY?

It was the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, who stated this in a recent interview dedicated to exploring the future of companies, of partnerships and of course of AI.

Furthermore, Rainn Wilson offered an overarching context to addressing the elevation of business to serve humanity, in One Planet Ops’ similarly themed conference.
He shared a starting point to our desire to build spiritual enterprises.

“Systems are corrosively broken and operating under the very worse of human impulses … we need to examine what is profoundly broken … and not just slapping band aids on top of them.”

Moreover the 28th of November 2023 message from the Universal House of Justice reminds us that:
“a humanity baffled and divided by the manifold problems resulting from the operation of the forces of disintegration eagerly seeks new insights.”
and
“At all levels of society, leaders of thought increasingly associate the Bahá’í community with fresh conceptions and approaches sorely needed by an ever more disunited and dysfunctional world. The society-building power of the Faith”

SO WHAT ARE THESE FRESH APPROACHES?
ebbf member Adam Robarts who will be one of the speakers at the ebbf annnual conference directly exploring this theme
( by the way only just over 40 tickets left, and the early bird ends on 31st of January IF you are interested to attend ebbf’s annual conference CLICK HERE )
offered two radical new concepts to bring about this elevation of our workplaces to truly serve humanity in a recent ebbf online event: HOPE and JOY

“Isn’t it just a given that there is hope and joy in the worplace? Why do we need to aspire and aim for it to be there? The question then becomes how. How do we create more hope and joy in our workplaces?”

A lucky few will join the annual conference to explore this and more questions together, but why wait?

You can start to share your thoughts and questions in ebbf’s community platform dedicated to the theme of the annual conference here
or as a comment, sharing relevant ideas and articles on ebbf’s Linkedin post here:

By the way you are always welcome to become part of this ebbf Baha’i-inspired global learning community and have direct access to people, ideas, resources … and good exploratory questions:
here more info https://www.ebbf.org/join

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EBBF HAS CREATED FOR YOU ADDITIONAL
EXPLORATION / LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:

SEE EBBF’s NEXT EVENTS HERE

PHYSICALLY

- 7th FEBRUARY
LEADING WITH VALUES IN AN AGE OF DISRUPTION
If you are in New York you could physically join ebbf new york’s next event with Dorothy Marcic presenting on January 31st.

Or you could pencil in your calendar ebbf’s side events during the United Nation’s annual Commission on the Status of Women summit (CSW68) from from 11 to 22 March 2024, living ebbf’s core values of #genderequality and #justice, also in New York.

ebbf France regularly meets, and you can join ebbf activities in Kuala Lumpur, Santiago del Chile, and other cities (reply to this email for more info)

VIRTUALLY

- 31st JANUARY
The #52MinutesToYourMeaningful career series hosted by Martina Crepaz has reached its fifth year and we start with the first session of 2024 for those thinking that a meaningul careed could happen by starting their own enterprise:
https://buytickets.at/ebbfethicalbusinessbuildingthefuture/1116993

- 8th FEBRUARY
Want to learn in an ebbf learning circle?
Following the outstanding co-creation of last year’s series designing a new global accounting system, the ebbf learning team has decided to launch a new public consultation format.

You can join a 60 minute session to gather together learning from and around key topics with academics and researchers wishing to learn with you and deepen our common understanding of the uses of our workplaces to achieve deeper impact.
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ebbfethicalbusinessbuildingthefuture/1044150

You can always check out all of the next ebbf events available to you and to your curiosity to explore your desire to create economic systems and businesses that contribute to a more prosperous, just and sustainable community.
https://www.ebbf.org/events

We leave you with links to the various video interviews we mentioned and to pre-annual conference reading such as these timeless articles written at the turn of the century.
Here you can find the first two in a four series of article, such incredibly visionary ideas:
See MEDIUM EBBF

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LINK TO EBBF’s ANNUAL CONFERENCE HERE:

https://www.ebbf.org/annual-event-2024
“By far the most challenging, thought provoking, yet supportive and empowering events.

The only place where diversity has an impact … undergrads and CEOs have meaningful conversations. Unparalleled.”

RAINN WILSON — WHY WE NEED A SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION Video link to his video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB-pNfeNAOc

JOY & HOPE: VIDEO DIALOGUE WITH ADAM ROBARTS here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j51SKaqZ-6k

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“The world is, in truth, moving on towards its destiny… “Much, however, will depend upon the spirit and manner in which that task will be conducted. Through the clearness and steadiness of their vision, through the unvitiated vitality of their belief, through the incorruptibility of their character, through the adamantine force of their resolve, the matchless superiority of their aims and purpose, and the unsurpassed range of their accomplishments, they who labour for the glory of the Most Great Name … can best demonstrate to the visionless, faithless, and restless society to which they belong their power to proffer a haven of refuge to its members in the hour of their realized doom.”

Universal House of Justice Message of 28th November 2023 including the quote from Shoghi Effendi.

Feel free to reply to this email to ask your question, offer your idea to the global ebbf learning community of ebbf.

We are here to accompany you.

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