For details of future events, click here.
Freedom, Faith and Flourishing
The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace is holding a series of events commemorating 500 years of the Reformation on the theme of Freedom, Faith and Flourishing. The next event is on 9th March 2017 at the Citrus Club in Orlando, Florida (USA). Dr Kenneth Barnes, the director of the Mockler Center (see next item below), will give an introductory address. The Special Guest Lecture will be delivered by Transforming Business’ director Dr Peter Heslam, who will reflect on the business implications of the thought of Calvin and Kuyper. Further details are available here.
Theology of Work
At degree level, theology is a broad, multi-disciplinary subject. But it rarely includes a focus on a theology of work. This is not the case at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which recently appointed former business leader and theologian
Dr Kenneth Barnes as its Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics. He has invited Dr Peter Heslam, his former colleague at the University of Oxford, to deliver a lecture on this topic at this seminary (located in Boston, USA) in the Spring of 2017. The details are awaiting finalization but if you are interested in attending this event, please contact Peter
(see our 'Contact' page).
Joy and Prosperity
The impression contemporary marketing can make is that human happiness relies on consumption. Some forms of prosperity theology carry a similar message. At the other extreme lie anti-materialist attitudes that dissociate joy altogether from goods and services. With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of St Andrews is holding a workshop on 10-11 May 2017 that will explore the complex relationship between joy and prosperity that involves experts from a variety of disciples. Details here.
The Symposium on Enterprise, Ethics and Development (SEED) held a major launch conference in Oxford in 2014 on Business for the Common Good. This year it is holding a half-day symposium in Cambridge on 7th July 2017, entitled 'Liberating Entrepreneurship'. Leaders and opinion formers in business, ethics and development often move in their own circles. In founding SEED, Transforming Business seeks to bring representatives from these three constituencies together for practical impact. Our partner organizations for SEED 2017 are Five Talents and SALT (The Christian Aid Business Network). Both these organizations are committed to socio-economic transformation through entrepreneurial business. Lord Rowan Williams, the Master of Magdelene College and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will be in the chair. Details are being finalized but expressions of interest can be sent to Peter Heslam (contact details on our Contact page).
Business and the Kingdom
Christians in business often feel unsupported at church and isolated at work, even though business is part of God's purpose for the world. Bradford Cathedral and the Thinking Faith Network (TFN) are organizing a 'Business and the Kingdom' conference to enable Christians to put their work in business into the context of God's purposes in the world, and so to recover a Godly ambition; to gain a Christian understanding of profit, power and relationships; and to explore what good business looks like. This major day conference takes place on Saturday 12th November 2016 in Bradford (UK). Visit TFN's website for more details.
Christian Social Reformers
The Jubilee Centre is launching a new series of lectures on Christian Social Reformers. The inaugural lecture will be given by Transforming Business' director, Dr Peter S Heslam and will focus on Abraham Kuyper, the great Dutch thinker, activist and statesman (1837-1920). It will be held at the Centre's new Jubilee Lounge in the heart of Cambridge on Monday 7th March 2016. As Kuyper's influence continues to grow worldwide, the evening will provide a lively introduction to one of the most influencial schools of contemporary Christian social thought. Details here.
Greed is Good?
Capitalism is often regarded, by defenders and opponents alike, as a system based on greed. The film Wall Street is partly responsible for this perception, its villainous but charming main character Gordon Gekko declaring that 'greed is good'. But according to New Testament writings, greed is idolatry – something that is expressly prohibited in the Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Scriptures. Transforming Business' director Peter Heslam will grapple with greed in business on the basis of his international entrepreneurship research in a lecture in New York. The event, which includes a dinner, will be held at the Yale Club on October 9th 2015 and is organized by the Center for Christian Business Ethics Today. Further details here.
Vocation is often understood in individualistic terms. But it has important communal dimensions. It is impossible, in fact, to pursue a vocation in isolation. It requires collaboration. But successful organizations go beyond collaboration to include components of human relatedness that result in mutual flourishing. The Center for Faith and Work in New York, is holding a conference to explore this field on 6-7 November 2015. One of the speakers is Transforming Business' Peter Heslam. For further information and to register, click here.
Transforming Business is part of the Relational Thinking Network, which will be holding a conference from 16-18 September 2015 at St Catherine's College in Cambridge on 'Relational Risk and Sustainability'. Details and registration available here.
What is the relationship between entrepreneurship and leadership? While all good entrepreneurs are leaders, are all good leaders entrepreneurs? Faith-based entrepreneurial leaders have the potential to impact not only the marketplace but the growing faith communities around the world. Some are actively working with leaders in these communities who seek to become more entrepreneurial in how to run their organizations. The leading global gatherings of Christian entrepreneurs are convened by the Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization, led by Dr Rick Goossen, the Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Transforming Business network. The next summit will be held in Toronto on 23rd October 2014, at which one of the speakers will be Transforming Business' Director Dr Peter Heslam. For details, click here.
Common Grace in Business
The Calvin Center for Innovation in Business, together with the Business Department of Calvin College (USA), is holding a one-day symposium on 31st October 2014 that will bring members of the business, faith, and academic communities together to explore how the 'common grace' philosophy founded by Abraham Kuyper applies to business. The event will also celebrate the publication of one volume of Kuyper's previously untranslated multi-volume work on common grace into English. In his keynote address, Transforming Business' Director Dr Peter Heslam will share some of the findings of his recent research on the theme of the conference. A conference flyer is available here, and registration is available here.
Center for Christian Business Ethics
The Center for Christian Business Ethics Today, based in New York, is holding the next in its series of conferences on the business implications of the Torah's Ten Commandments. It will take place in New York on 11th October 2014 at the Marriott Downtown, located between the World Trade Center and Wall Street. Business leaders and theologians will examine the practical implications of the first commandment. Dr Peter Heslam and his colleague at the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Oxford, Dr Ken Barnes, will be amongst the speakers. Details are posted here.
The Happiest People on Earth: Christian Entrepreneurs in the Global Economy
Peter Heslam will be giving a talk with the above title on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 pm at Redeemer University College close to Toronto in Canada. Capitalism has a dubious reputation, all the more so since the recent economic crisis. But this talk will explore the potential of the global rise of entrepreneurship and of Christianity when they converge: how can Christians in business help ensure that contemporary commerce acts as an agent of material, social, and spiritual well-being in today's world? Details are posted here.
Business for the Common Good
Leaders and opinion formers in business, ethics and development often move in their own circles. Transforming Business and its new daughter project, the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative in Oxford seeks to bring them together for practical impact. The two projects are co-organizing a series of annual symposia entitled the 'Oxford and Cambridge Symposium on Enterprise, Ethics and Development' (SEED) that will involve representatives of all three constituencies and a range of partner organizations. The first symposium will be held on 26-27 September 2014 at Oxford's Saïd Business School with the title 'Business for the Common Good' (details here). This history-making symposium is action-oriented and is by invitation only (due to limited space). Anyone who is not a subscriber to Transforming Business' occasional emails, or has not been invited via social media, a third party, nor any other means, yet is interested in participating, should send a short email to Peter Heslam on (psh20 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk), outlining in a few sentences why they would like to participate. We apologize in advance if our restricted space prohibits your involvement.
More Money than God
Have you ever considered how capitalism actually works; what caused the recent financial crisis; how culture and the economy are related; what perspective the bible offers on work, worth and wealth? If so, consider registering for a week-long summer school taught by Ken Barnes and Peter Heslam in Oxford entitled 'More Money than God: Wealth, Morality and Postmodern Capitalism', to be held 19th to 26th July 2014. As places are going fast, please register soon here to avoid disappointment.
Wisdom at Work
It was been suggested that capitalism needs a moral compass for it to be sustainable and for it to increase human and environmental flourishing. Peter Heslam and Ken Barnes will be leading a one-day workshop exploring where that compass may be found. Entitled 'Wisdom at Work: Imagining Virtuous Business Cultures', it will take place in Oxford on Saturday 7th June 2014. Further information here.
What are the intellectual foundations of a free society? Acton University is a unique, four-day exploration of this question, guided by a distinguished, international faculty. Held in Grand Rapids (USA), it provides an inspiring and informative opportunity to integrate philosophy and theology with sound economics. This year, Peter Heslam will be leading two workshops on contemporary business, one incorporating the reformed perspective stemming from the Dutch philosopher Abraham Kuyper, and one incorporating the perspective offered by Catholic social teaching. Click here to find out more.
Futures of Capitalism
In the wake of the 2007-10 economic crisis, searching questions are being asked about how capitalism can best develop in the future. Some of these will be discussed at a major academic conference called The Futures of Capitalism. It is sponsored by a consortium that includes the University of Winchester and the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life at the University of Oxford. Transforming Business' Peter Heslam will be presenting a paper on 'The Spirit in Capitalism: The Practical Wisdom of Religious Asceticism'. The conference will be held at the University of Winchester's Business School, from 8-9 April 2014. For information and booking, click here.
Skoll World Forum
Transforming Business and its daughter project, the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Oxford, will be represented at this year's Skoll World Forum. This is a major gathering of entrepreneurs from around the world who are achieving significant social impact through their core business activities. The event takes place in Oxford and runs from 9-11 April 2014. Details here.
Christianity and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy
Several scholars associated with Transforming Business' Belief in Enterprise initiative will be taking part in the World Business History Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 16-17 March 2014. They will be speaking and presenting data at a special session entitled 'Weber revisited: Christianity and entrepreneurship in the global economy'. An academic overview of this session is available here. Conference details are available here.
Marketing Sherpa Email Summit
Transforming Business has a close working relationship with Marketing Sherpa, part of the research group MEClabs. Marketing Sherpa will be holding the world's longest running research-based email marketing event from 17-20 February 2014 at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. Transforming Business' Dr Flint McGlaughlin (founding director of MEClabs) will be joined by several leading academic researchers, including Dr Peter Heslam and Dr Eric Wood, for an event attracting over 700 delegates that will involve case studies and practical workshops as well as expert presentations and panels. For more information, click here.
Ethical Enterprise in India
Dr Peter Heslam will be participating in conferences at two of India's leading business schools. The first is the Global Ethics Forum, to be held at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), 3-5 January 2014. The theme the Forum is 'Equal in an Unequal World: The Value of Values in Responsible Business' (more information here). Transforming Business is part of the network behind this event, Globethics.net, which represents the world's largest online resource centre dedicated to business ethics. The second conference will be held on 9-10 January 2014 at the Institute of Finance and International Management, better known as the IFIM Business School, located at the heart of Bangalore's booming Electronic City. The theme of the conference will be 'Ethical Leadership: The Indian Way' and Peter Heslam will present a paper on 'Enlightened Ethical Entrepreneurs in India' (further details here).
Doing Virtuous Business
Professor Theodore Roosevelt Malloch will be giving a talk at Christ Church (Oxford), Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Monday, 2 December 2013, 7:30 pm. Dr Malloch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Roosevelt Group and research professor at Yale University, where he directs the Spiritual Capital Initiative at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. A Senior Fellow of Wolfson College (Oxford), he is the author of many books, including Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business. This event is co-hosted by TB's daughter project at Oxford, the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative and Oxford's Graduate Christian Union. A flyer is available here.
It's up to us
The Ely Cathedral Business Group (details below) is holding an event in Ely (UK) called 'IT'S UP TO US! Taking stock of personal and corporate responsibility for the wellbeing of community'. The speakers are Phillip Blond, Founder Director of ResPublica, and James Featherby, corporate lawyer and Chairman of the Church of England Ethical Advisory Group. It is scheduled for Wednesday 9th October and details are posted here.
Wisdom in Business
There is a revival of interest amongst intellectuals in the theme of wisdom. One of Oxford's most celebrated theologians is Prof Paul Fiddes at Regent's Park College. He provides a biblical perspective on wisdom in his new book Seeing the World and Knowing God: Hebrew Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-Modern Context. This book will be launched on Thursday 24th October 2013 at a special event in Oxford. Dr Peter Heslam and Dr Ken Barnes, both of Oxford's new Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, will be speaking on wisdom in business. Further details here.
Christianity and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy
The current entrepreneurial revolution is occurring in the same parts of the world as the rapid rise of Christianity. Is there any connection between these two phenomena? What development potential do they have when they converge?
These questions will be addressed in a live interview of Transforming Business' Director Peter Heslam at a breakfast event at the heart of the City of London on Friday 27th September 2013. He will base his comments on the results of the Belief in Enterprise research project he has co-directed. The event is organized by A Call to Business – further details here.
Virtuous Business Cultures
The Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative (ELI) is Transforming Business' daughter project in Oxford. ELI's Associate Director, Dr Kenneth Barnes, will be giving a public lecture at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday 23rd September. In outlining his vision for virtuous business cultures, he will challenge some long-held assumptions about executive behaviour, corporate responsibility and the role of faith in the marketplace. Further details here.
Practical Wisdom in Management
The Spiritual Capital Initiative at Yale University and the European Academy of Business in Society, supported by the European Foundation for Management Development, have organized an series of international conferences on practical wisdom for management from the world's spiritual and philosophical traditions, addressing the central question: How can we bring back the value of wisdom in management and management education? The conferences are designed to bring together philosophers, theologians, management scholars and business leaders to engage in reflection and dialogue and to find new grounding for thought at action. The final conference will be held at Yale University from 9-10 July 2013. Dr Peter Heslam and his new Oxford College Dr Ken Barnes are amongst the speakers. The conference programme is available here.
Global Congress on Business as Mission
The Global Congress on Business as Mission, will be a unique gathering of leading thinkers and practitioners from all continents. The congress is the culmination of a yearlong think tank process involving a large number of experts on the role of business in spiritual and social wellbeing. Over 30 national and international working groups will present and discuss cutting edge business models and make strategic recommendations. Transforming Business has been part of the process leading up to this congress and it director, Peter Heslam, will be leading one of the workshops. To find out more about the congress, which will take place in Chiang Mai (Thailand) from 25 to 28 April 2013, click here.
What's the Good of Capitalism?
The reputation of capitalism has been badly wounded by the financial turmoil of recent years. In a lecture hosted by JustShare, an organization he co-founded over a decade ago, Peter Heslam will explore the potential of contemporary commerce to be an agent of economic, social and spiritual wellbeing in today's world. The lecture, entitled 'What's the Good of Capitalism?', will be held in the heart of the City of London at St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside, EC2V 6AU, on Wednesday 6th February 2013. Further details and free registration are available here and a map is here.
Over the past few decades, the role of the professional missionary has been under severe challenge. Simultaneously, new patterns of thought and practice are emerging that emphasize the call of ordinary 'lay' people to ministry and witness in every area of life. But does this extend to the sphere of business - can Christianity and commerce be reconciled? If so, how? Transforming Business' Peter Heslam will address these issues at an event in Cambridge on Saturday 19th January 2013 hosted by OMF, a major mission organization (details available here).
Economics, Christianity & the Crisis
Transforming Business is involved in the organization of a conference that seeks to analyze the assumptions of economics and seek new paradigms for this discipline in the wake of the recent financial crisis. The first Kuyper Seminar Amsterdam will take place in the Dutch capital on 8-9 January 2013 and a call for papers has been posted here. No knowledge of Kuyper is expected or assumed.
City lawyer and finance expert James Featherby (author, Of Markets and Men), will be speaking at an event entitled 'Crash Recovery' at Trinity Hall Lecture Theatre, University of Cambridge, on 22nd November 2012, from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. A distinguished panel of other finance experts will respond. Click here for the full details.
C.S. Lewis' famous Chronicles of Narnia have been brought alive for new audiences in the recent film versions produced by Walden Media. The president and co-founder of Walden Media is Michael Flaherty and he'll be the keynote speaker at a conference on Entrepreneurial Leadership organized by the Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO), in association with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), on 8-9 November 2012 in Vancouver. Dr Rick Goossen (Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership in the network surrounding Transforming Business) is the conference organizer and will also be speaking. More information available from ELO on email@example.com
An organization that shares our focus on enterprise solutions to poverty is Partners Worldwide. It is holding a two-event in Chicago on 8-9 November 2012 called Marketplace Revolution. It is designed to spawn a movement that brings real hope and change to struggling communities around the world. Eric Wood and Peter Heslam, the directors of Belief in Enterprise, will be co-leading a workshop based on their research on Christian entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies. Conference details are available here.
Transforming Business has synergies in vision with the micro–finance organization Five Talents, as reflected in its strapline: 'Fighting Poverty, Creating Jobs, Transforming Lives'. This international organization, with administrative centres in the USA and UK, will be holding its annual conference in London on 12th October 2012. The two speakers will be Lord Carey of Clifton (George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury and co-founder of Five Talents) and Dr Peter Heslam (Director of Transforming Business). Details of this inspiring event are posted here.
Center for Business Ethics Today
The Center for Business Ethics Today, based in Philadelphia (USA), is holding a joint conference with Westminster Theological Seminary on Business and the 9th Commandment on 1st – 2nd June 2012 at the historic Union League in Philadelphia. Business leaders and theologians will examine the practical implications of the Torah's injunction 'You Shall Not Bear False Witness', with the help of the summary of theology known as the Westminster Confession. Transforming Business' Peter Heslam will be acting as a moderator at the conference, to which all are welcome.
The Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA), is holding its annual Acton University from 12-15th June 2012. This is a top quality engagement at the interface of economics, philosophy and theology. Dr Peter Heslam will be one of the lecturers. More details here.
Institute of Leadership and Ethics
The Institute of Leadership and Ethics, based Leuven (Belgium) seeks to cultivate Christian engagement (both academic and practical) on issues of leadership and ethics. On Friday 11th May the Institute is holding a Study Day on the theme of 'social justice', followed the next day (Saturday 12th May) by a Breakfast Seminar, geared especially towards government and business leaders. Transforming Business' director Dr Peter Heslam will be speaking at both events. Both Leuven and nearby Brussels are beautiful towns and have an excellent travel infrastructure, including Eurostar. Further details are available from the ILE's Ruth Nivelle on firstname.lastname@example.org
Capitalism – what good is it?
Capitalism is in the firing line again with the 'Occupy' protests in financial centres around the world. And yet capitalism is being embraced by increasing numbers of people in developing and emerging economies in their fight against poverty. Are they right to do so, or are the protestors right? Or have they both got it wrong? Whatever your views, you are welcome to a talk and discussion on 'Capitalism – what good is it?' by Transforming Business' director Peter Heslam on 2nd February 2012 in Cambridge. The event takes place in the 'Life in the Round' series organized by Christian Heritage – full details here.
Transforming Business has partnered with a number of other organizations to launch Poverty Cure, a global initiative promoting the role of enterprise in development. One of the key partners is the Acton Institute, which is holding a major conference in London on 1st December 2011. The event is the finale to a conference series held around the world on 'Poverty, Entrepreneurship and Integral Development' that has included significant input from Transforming Business. Even though it’s in a great venue with top speakers, the event is free (details here).
Billed as 'the world's leading event to equip, connect and inspire Christian entrepreneurial Leaders' the Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, 9-10 November 2011. This event is organized by the Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO) headed up by Dr Rick Goossen, who is part of the Transforming Business network. Dr Carol Christopher, the Research Coordinator of our Belief in Enterprise initiative, is one of the speakers. Further information is available on the ELO website.
Capitalism on Trial
Michael Portillo is a former leading politician who has served as a cabinet minister in the UK government. He is now a leading journalist and has produced a two-part radio documentary called Capitalism on Trial. Transforming Business has organized an event on the evening of 30th September 2011 that will include listening to the programme and debating the issues it raises, including responses from Transforming Business director Dr Peter Heslam and the leading Hungarian business academic Prof Laszlo Zsolnai. For further details, contact Peter Heslam on psh20[at]cam.ac.uk.
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, a one-day conference has been organized in central London on 1st October 2011 to explore how the bible relates to professional life. Transforming Business is one of the event partners and its director, Dr Peter Heslam, is one of the speakers. The conference is entitled Integrated and further details are available here.
Doing Virtuous Business
Recently a major TV documentary Doing Virtuous Business was broadcast in the USA to a global audience of millions. It examines how ancient wisdom is practiced in contemporary global business and is based on the best-selling book Spiritual Enterprise by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, CEO of the Roosevelt Group who heads up the Spiritual Capital Initiative at Yale University. Transforming Business is partnering with the Cambridge-based Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics to show this sixty-minute film at a special event on 21st September 2011. Prof Malloch will introduce the documentary (see short trailer here) and a panel of eminent business leaders and academics will respond before a general discussion. The event will be held at Tyndale House in Cambridge (UK), with doors opening for networking at 4.45 pm. A drinks reception will start at 5.00 pm, formal proceedings at 5.15 pm., and the event will close at 7.00 pm.
From the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Credit Crunch - The Economics of Good & Evil
Tomas Sedlacek has been named one of the 'five hot minds in economics' by the Yale Economic Review. He is an economist at the largest Czech bank, serves the National Economic Council, and teaches at Charles University in Prague. Formerly he was an adviser to President Václav Havel. He will be leading the above seminar on Tuesday 21st June 2011, from 1.00 – 2.30 pm at Tyndale House in Cambridge. The seminar coincides with the publication of Sedlacek’s The Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street by OUP. This book is already a best-seller in the Czech Republic and has been turned into play. Sedlacek argues that during the 20th century, the integration of economics, philosophy, and ethics was unravelled, leaving economics 'value-free'. But it is actually loaded with presuppositions and this is what gave us the current economic crisis. Economics now needs to rediscover its purpose from a fresh engagement with the Bible and Christian ethics. Transforming Business is organizing this seminar in partnership with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, which is based at Tyndale House. All welcome.
Love and Money
Former investment banker Prof Leonard Van Drunen will be leading a seminar entitled 'Love and Money – Can you love others by being a banker?' Once a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Prof Van Drunen is a finance academic at Calvin College, one of the USA’s leading liberal arts colleges. He will make the case that finance allows human beings to love one another. Rejecting greed, misinformation and over-indebtedness, finance can rediscover its vocation to serve human flourishing This seminar is jointly organized by the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE) and Transforming Business and will take place at Tyndale House, Cambridge (UK) on Friday 10th June 2011, 1.00 – 2.30 pm. Whether or not you can come, you may be interested in a recent KLICE ‘Ethics in Brief’ paper on Christian Finance? by David McIlroy
Bottom Billions/Bottom Line
Transforming Business is an academic sponsor to a major conference on enterprise solutions to poverty at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) entitled Bottom Billions/Bottom Line. Its organizational base is SPU's Center for Integrity in Business and one of the speakers is Transforming Business' Peter Heslam, who is a Visiting Scholar at SPU's School of Business and Economics.
Business for the Common Good
Peter Heslam will be speaking on this theme to a network of business leaders in Guildford who meet under the auspices of CABE at St Saviour's in Guildford on 9th March 2011, 7.15-9.15 pm. More details will be available here.
Theology and business
Trying to mix theology and business is often likened to trying to mix oil and water. But a group of the world's top thought leaders who work at the theology and business interface will be assembling at Laity Lodge's Retreat Center in the Fio River Canyon of Texas from 14-17 October 2010. Through a dynamic process of reading, listening and mutual learning, the aim will be to mobilize good theory into practice and good practice into theory. Dr Peter Heslam (Director of Transforming Business) will be one of the participants. Although the event is invitation-only, those interested in the proceedings should contact Prof Randy Franz, the conference convenor, after the event on rfranz[at]spu.edu
The Centre for Entrepreneurial Leaders, directed by Transforming Business' Dr Rick Goossen, will be holding its annual Entrepreneur Forum in Vancouver in Cananda from 19-20 October 2010. This is one of the largest gatherings of faith-based entrepreneurs in the world - this year six hundred delegates are expected. Speakers include the business leader and best-selling author Peter John Daniels. This promises to be a top quality event, details of which are posted here.
A group of business leaders in Edinburgh have arranged for Dr Peter Heslam to speak on the subject of his new book Transforming Capitalism to the Scottish Parliament. This will be held on Tuesday 7th September, 5.45 pm for 6.15 pm, ending at 7.15 pm. For security reasons, registration is required. Further details can be found here.
Managing effective change
In our work at Transforming Business, 'relational capital' has emerged as a crucial element for human flourishing and business success. John Kay, our Director of Change Management, has been working with the Relationships Foundation, a leading think tank based in Cambridge, to develop a high impact one day course in Cambridge. It is designed to equip leaders with the skills and insights necessary to manage change that is effective and sustainable because it is built around relationships. Click here to find out more.
Faith in Capitalism
Transforming Business is a member of the Council of Christians and Jews. On 22nd June the Council is co-hosting with the international law firm Simons & Simons a breakfast seminar in London on Faith in Capitalism: How can we make the global economy more ethical?' Speakers include Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach (Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs and Chairman, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth Fund); Alex Brummer (City Editor, Daily Mail and columnist, Jewish Chronicle); and John Micklethwait (Editor-in-Chief, The Economist and author of God is Back). The breakfast is free and further details can be found here.
Sustainable Business in the Developing World
The Christian Association of Business Executives (CABE), to which Transforming Business belongs, is holding a CABE Forum on 'Sustainable Business in the Developing World' on 23rd June. Speakers include Shona Passfield (CMS), Jyoti Banerjee (KiteBlue), Andrew Tanswell (Tough Stuff), Sally Reith (Shared Interest), Tom Sanderson (Five Talents). The event will be held at the Cass Business School in London and will begin at 6.15 for 6.30 pm. A flyer with further details can be found here.
New Wine Leadership Conference 2010
Dr Flint McGlaughlin, Director of Enterprise Research in the Transforming Business network, will be speaking in several sessions of a leadership conference in Harrogate, UK, from 17-19 May 2010. He will be drawing on his experience as CEO of a group of companies and as a church leader (as well as on the findings of his business and theological research). He will address topics such as decision-making and staff appraisal. The conference is targeted in particular towards young and emerging leaders. Details here.
Institutions, Ethics and Finance
This is the title of the next conference in the series on 'Poverty, Entrepreneurship and Integral Development' organized by the Acton Institute (sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation). It will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 18th March 2010. Transforming Business' Peter Heslam will deliver a lecture on 'Tackling Poverty through Economic Inclusion: The Promise of Catholic Social Teaching' and take part in a panel debate. Further details here.
Pioneers of Prosperity
Dr Peter Heslam, the Director of Transforming Business, will be a judge in a business competition on enterprise solutions to poverty in El Salvador organized by the OTF Group and the S.E.VEN Fund from 10-12 March 2010. As this competition is known as the 'development version' of the popular TV series Dragon's Den, Peter will be acting as one of the Dragons! The Final Awards Ceremony will take place at 6.00 pm on Friday 12th March at the Theatro de las Ruinas, Suchitoto, El Salvador. Email email@example.com for an invitation and click here for details of the Pioneers of Prosperity initiative.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Summit
Dr Rick Goossen, Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Transforming Business network, is convening a major summit of entrepreneurial Christian leaders at one of the world's leading business schools. The summit, which will take place February 21-24, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona, will be run in partnership with Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. It is intended for leaders in business, non-profits and churches who want to reflect on and re-envision their vocation to leadership. It will also provide a forum in which leaders in business and the church can share best practice in entrepreneurial leadership and begin the break down some of the barriers that divide them. Further information, including a programme and a four-page brochure, is available at http://www.BreakThruSummits.com.
Faith and Entrepreneurship
Dr Rick Goossen has directed a research project involving 125 interviews with entrepreneurs in Canada, the US and the UK whose work is inspired by their faith. He will be presenting key findings derived from a detailed statistical analysis of the questionnaire used in the research process at a presentation on November 4th at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leaders, School of Business, Trinity Western University in Canada. The research forms the basis for a book on the topic to be published in 2010.
Economics and Religion
The John Templeton Foundation is sponsoring a global investigation into Economics and Theology as a new interdisciplinary research field. Part of this is a small gathering of economists and theologians in Montreal from 4-6th November 2009. This consultation, in which Peter Heslam will participate, will consider key research questions, how research in the field, especially by young non-Western scholars, can best be supported, and how its impact can be optimized in the business, governmental and faith communities. The conference has been planned to coincide with the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal from 7th-10th November (see here), at which the findings of the consultation will be presented.
McGill University in Montreal Canada is holding the McGill Leadership Summit on October 15-16th 2009. Dr Rick Goossen will be speaking at this event on 'Engaging the Next Generation of Volunteers', in which he will share insights from his research and business experience. Another speaker is former US President Bill Clinton, who will be receiving an honorary doctorate from McGill.
CS Lewis Lecture – Can Capitalism be Healed?
Peter Heslam will be delivering the prestigious CS Lewis Lecture on 28th September 2009, at the Institute of Bankers in Dublin to a large audience of senior bankers, business leaders, politicians and academics. The title of his talk is 'Can Capitalism be Healed? Market Ethics and the Virtue of Thrift'. In the eyes of many, capitalism has been left badly wounded by the recent financial turmoil. If this is true, can it be healed, and, if so, how? More information here.
Peace through Commerce
Interest in the role of entrepreneurship in peace-building in conflict regions around the world is rapidly increasing. Peter Heslam will be addressing a conference at George Washington University in Washington on this theme and taking part in high-level consultations with global leaders, from 24-25th September 2009. Although the conference is invitation-only, it will feed into a major public conference in 2011, organized by the Peace through Commerce Alliance, details of which will follow.
Business Fights Poverty
Business Fights Poverty is a rapidly growing network of individuals and groups that share with Transforming Business a commitment to entrepreneurial solutions to poverty. Together with a number of other partners, including the UK government's Department for International Development, the network is holding a series of events in London. Details are available here.
Happiness and thrift
Transforming Business is having input in an international conference on 'Happiness and Relational Goods: Well-being and Interpersonal Relations in the Economic Sphere' in Venice, 11-13th June 2009. Several hundred delegates from around the world have booked to attend. Peter Heslam, the director of Transforming Business, will be giving one of the talks, based on his research on thrift and entrepreneurship. The conference will take place on a beautiful Venice island. For more information, click here.
Transforming Business takes an active role in the Business in Society Research Group of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge University. The theme the Group has selected for this year is 'The Moral Economy?' A brief introduction can be found here.
On 22nd and 23rd May 2009 the Group will hold two one-day conferences on issues relating to the role of business in human development. Peter Heslam, the Director of Transforming Business, is one of the speakers on 23rd May and the title of his talk is 'Make Poverty Business: Entrepreneurship, Philanthrocapitalism and the Spirit of Enterprise'. Click here for information.
Business in Development
Transforming Business has invited Michael Green to be the speaker at a CRASSH event in Cambridge on 1st June. Together with Matthew Bishop of The Economist, Michael is the co-author of a new book that is fast becoming a best-seller: Philanthrocapitalism: How the rich can save the world and why we shout let them. Click here for details.
Global Leadership, Global Ethics?
Ashridge, one of the world's leading business schools, is holding a conference entitled 'Global Leadership, Global Ethics: In Search of the Ethical Leadership Compass', on 15-17 May 2009. It will bring together leading figures from business and academia. Transforming Business' Director, Peter Heslam, will be speaking (on 16th May) on 'The Contribution of Business to Human Development: Thrift, Entrepreneurship and Social Captial'. Click here for details.
Rebuilding trust - the G20 and beyond
On the eve of the G20, St Paul's is hosting a high level debate about the moral questions raised by the dramatically changing world we find ourselves in.
Can opportunities for society's good come from the economic crisis? Has there been a disconnection between morality, policy-making and practice? What are the prospects for remaking the global order, rebuilding financial systems and re-establishing trust? How will a new global order actively include development goals and address climate change?
Those on the platform will include a very senior member of the Cabinet, and the debate will be open to questions from the audience.
For dates and information about this event, click here.
Principles in Business
How can Christian virtue ethics enrich and inform the conduct of contemporary business? That has been the key question of a seminar series on the Principles of Business in which Peter Heslam, Transforming Business' Director, is involved. These one-day seminars are co-hosted by Faith in Business and CABE (the Christian Association of Business Executives). They are practically oriented and are by invitation only. Information about the programme for 2008 can be obtained from Dr Richard Higginson, the director of Faith in Business, to whom application can be made to receive an invitation.
Together with Faith in Business, a business initiative at Ridley Hall in Cambridge (UK), Transforming Business is holding a residential conference on entrepreneurship from 27-29 March 2009. Entrepreneurship involves either starting new organizations or revitalising mature organizations, particularly businesses, by identifying opportunities. It involves innovation and is associated with vision, passion, risk-taking, persistence and decisiveness. This conference with address such questions as:
- what makes a successful entrepreneur?
- what is the relationship between entrepreneurship and leadership?
- what are the ethical challenges of entrepreneurship in the global economy?
The conference, to be held in Cambridge, is intended for anyone interested in entrepreneurship: proven entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs, frustrated entrepreneurs, and people involved in working or living alongside entrepreneurs. It will draw richly on the experience of those who have practised entrepreneurship and thought deeply about it. Further details and a programme can be found here. Speakers include Transforming Business' Dr Peter Heslam, Dr Flint McGlaughlin, and Dr Rick Goossen.
The Spirit of Social Enterprise
The Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture (OCCC), Regent's Park College (Oxford University) is organizing a series of lectures on 'The Spirit of Social Enterprise' during the Michaelmas term of 2008. These are official lectures of the University but they are open to all. They will be held on Tuesdays at 5:00pm and run for about 50 minutes plus 15-20 minutes of Q &A. Dr Peter Heslam, Director of Transforming Business, will present a lecture in this series on 25th November which will focus on thrift as solution to the credit crisis and to global poverty. For further information, contact Dr Isabella Bunn, Associate Director of the OCCC.
What is Economic Justice?
The current financial crisis invites ethical reflection on the direction of the global economy. Transforming Business has teamed up with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics to do just this in a series of lunchtime seminars in Cambridge. The seminars will explore an important new book on the theme by Dr Andrew Hartropp, an economist and theologian, entitled What is Economic Justice?, which includes a discussion of the role of business in development. The seminars will be held at Tyndale House from 12.30 to 2.00 pm on the following Wednesdays: 19 Nov and 3 Dec. For further details and for copies of the book (though reading it is not a requirement for attendance) contact Tania Riola.
Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty
Seton Hall University on the edge of New York is organizing an evening with Dr Peter Heslam, Director of Transforming Business, on October 17th 2008 entitled 'Transforming Business - Enterprise-based Solutions to Poverty'. Peter will present case studies and practical models that inform, motivate and multiply poverty-reducing enterprise. Further details from Debbie Kurus.
Global Impact Banquet
ServanTek, Inc, is a global organization that assists not-for-profit organizations to integrate IT systems effectively into their operations. In doing so, it takes a relational and human-centric, rather than to a techno-centric approach. On 18th October ServanTek is hosting a banquet in New York to share its vision and goals with corporations, businesses and individuals. Transforming Business' Peter Heslam, will be the guest speaker. Click here for details and to request an invitation.
Transforming Global Markets
The deepening credit crisis raises the question whether the global financial markets can be transformed so that they make a positive contribution to human well-being? Peter Heslam thinks they can and on 19th October 2008 he will share his reasons to be cheerful at the eye of the storm in New York, to a gathering that will include many banking and finance professionals. His talk will be followed by discussion and a pizza lunch. All are welcome. Further details here.
Transformative Commerce: Enterprise, Ethics, and the Elimination of Poverty
The convergence of appropriate technology, social entrepreneurship and faith groups can provide a powerful stimulus to enterprise solutions to poverty. The Institute for Faith and Learning at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, is holding a symposium from 23rd-25th October 2008 to examine how this convergence can understood and multiplied. It is entitled Bottom-Up Approaches to Global Poverty. Dr Flint McGlaughlin and Dr Peter Heslam, both of Transforming Business, will be co-presenting. Further details, including a conference programme, are available here.
What is probably the world's largest gathering of faith-based entrepreneurs is happening in Vancouver on 29th October 2008. And the key-note speaker at this forum, Larry Farrell (leading entrepreneur and former Vice President of American Express), has probably taught entrepreneurship to more individuals, organizations, and governments than anyone else in the world. The event will be held in one of Vancouver's top conference venues and is organized by Transforming Business' Dr Rick Goossen in conjunction with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leaders at the School of Business, Trinity Western University, which he directs. Transforming Business' Dr Flint McGlaughlin and Dr Peter Heslam will also be making a stage appearance. More details here.
Ely Cathedral Business Group
Transforming Business is a founding member of the Ely Cathedral Business Group. This is a forum for business leaders in and around Ely, a cathedral town a few miles north of Cambridge, UK. It is holding a Celebration of Business event at Ely Cathedral, from 25-31 May 2012. Details of this event and the text of a speech given at the recent launch of the Group by its director, Tom Green (CEO of Spearhead International), are available here.
Faith in Business
A conference on 'Motivation in Business' will be held in Cambridge from Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April 2012, organized by Faith in Business, a project at Ridley Hall. It will feature a range of topics and speakers and the details can be found here.
Equipping for the Marketplace
The Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) will be holding its annual conference at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, from 21-23 October 2010 on the theme 'Equipping for the Marketplace'. Check out the details here.
Global Enterprise Week
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Dr Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, have launched the countdown to Global Entrepreneurship Week, set to run from 17-23 November 2008. They plan for it to become the world's biggest event celebrating and promoting entrepreneurship amongst young people.
Representatives from more than 25 participating countries attended the launch and to plan the events. To find out events due to take place where you are, click here.
Institute of Economic Affairs
Economic Issues for Christians in the Modern World - this seminar is aimed at individuals who have an interest in understanding how economics and Christian thinking can inform public policy. The speakers will discuss topical developments in economics (including the environment, taxation and welfare) that are important in informing debates on issues of interest to Christians involved in public life or in education. Wednesday 22 October 2008, 1:00pm. At the IEA, 2 Lord North Street, Westminster, London SW1 (entrance on Great Peter Street). Click here for further details.