New Quarterly Updates

Lifeworth is providing is 3000 subscribers with a Quarterly that gives links to resources Lifeworth helps produce, as well as advance notice of activities, at the ‘bleeding’ edge of sustainable enterprise thinking. The Quarterly continues the retired monthly CSR Jobs Bulletins. To receive one email every 3 months, click here.

In the 3rd Quarterly, we report on:

  1. Insights from the Leading Wellbeing festival; video interviews
  2. Processes underway to agree a human rights treaty on business; and a concerning lack of support
  3. UN-published research on alternatives to microfinance; focusing on currency innovation
  4. How to educate leaders for sustainability; research paper
  5. Sustainable leadership spring school: Lake District & London, April 2016

1) Insights from the Leading Wellbeing festival; video interviews

Interviews on leadership for wellbeing and sustainability from are available as videos from the Network of Wellbeing. They include Charles Eisenstein, Nandita Das, Charlotte Millar, Jo Confino, Anna Zegna and Jem Bendell. They were attending an event with 200 people from 20 countries that was organised by IFLAS and Brathay. Lifeworth supported the web design and marketing. Some of the participants will reconvene in the Lake District on April 9th for discussions, barn dance and a hike. If you want to join, please contact iflas@cumbria.ac.uk
2) Processes underway to agree a human rights treaty on business; and a concerning lack of support

In July meetings took place at the UN Human Rights Council to progress towards a new treaty on the human rights obligations of international companies. The process seeks to build upon the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,” sometimes called the ‘Ruggie Framework’, and connect this to international law. In an article titled “Can CSR now support international law?” Professor Bendell looks at the response of WBCSD and others to this initiative.

3) UN-published research on alternatives to microfinance; focusing on currency innovation

At the UN summit on Financing for Development in July, the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) published a paper that explains an emerging successful alternative to microfinance. It is co-authored by Lifeworth’s Jem Bendell, with Matthew Slater and Will Ruddick. As far as we are aware, it is the first UN paper to discuss the implications of Bitcoin and currency innovation.

4) How to educate leaders for sustainability; research paper

Lifeworth’s founder Professor Bendell will present a paper on leadership for sustainability at the International Leadership Association in Barcelona in October. You can download the paper (pdf), co-authored with Richard Little from the management trainers Impact International. It is highly critical of the way many trainers and business schools teach leadership and offers a different basis.

5) Sustainable leadership spring school: Lake District & London, April 2016

The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) is running a Sustainable Leadership Spring School in April, with a week in the beautiful Lake District and a week in London. It will also host the first intake of a new MA in Sustainable Leadership Development. Lifeworth’s Professor Bendell has co-designed and will co-tutor these courses. Click here to learn more about it.

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