ebbf - european baha'i business forum

The 21st annual conference of ebbf - the European Baha'i Business Forum - was held in the fishing and tourism village of Ericeira on the coast north of Lisbon, Portugal, on 4-7 October 2012. I went two days early for a meeting of the ebbf Governing Board. This event in the "make-it-meaningful" series had as its theme "Redefining the Enterprise: co-creating prosperity". The main talks were followed by discussion groups on the main issues raised in the presentations. There were also two sets of parallel "learnshops" and action labs to focus at a more practical level. I was responsible for a track on sustainability, and gave the closing keynote on "Critical decade for the transition to sustainability: crises and opportunities for redefining the enterprise".

Vila Gale Hotel, Ericeira . George Starcher and Richard Hainsworth . group discussion
Beach by the Vila Gale Hotel, Ericeira; ebbf founder George Starcher (France) and Richard Hainsworth (Russia); group discussion

Wendi Momen . Ralph Blundell . Vafa Akhavan . Vafa Akhavan
ebbf Secretary-General Dr. Wendi Momen opened the event; Ralph Blundell helped to break the ice; Vafa Akhavan' first keynote

tango . tango . tango
The principle of accompaniment was illustrated with a tango exercise

Lars Sudmann . Rudiger Fox . Sean Hinton
Keynote speakers Lars Sudmann, Rüdiger Fox and Sean Hinton

discussion facilitators . discussion . audience
Discussion leaders took small groups out on the terrace to go more deeply into the issues; part of the audienc

presentation to experts' panel . presentation to experts' panel . experts' panel
One evening, young entrepreneurs presented their projects to a panel of experts who provided useful advice

Kambiz Poostchi . Poostchi diagram . audience
Kambiz Poostchi presented the various levels of integrated systems thinking; part of the audience

discussion group . discussion group . audience
Discussion group overlooking the sea; audience

Daniel Truran . Governing Board
ebbf Director General presented the annual report at the Annual General Meeting, and the newly elected Governing Board was introduced

music . music . dinner
Evening musical programme with Natacha Jalali Santos and Jay Corre; networking over dinner

Amanda Enayati . Arthur Dahl
Amanda Enayati spoke on stress and serenity; I gave the closing keynote

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Last updated 27 October 2012
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