Meaning exists to help connect and inspire the people who believe in better business. Be part of the change.
Our speakers are international thinkers and doers from business,
academia and activism, each bringing their view of the
challenges and opportunities available to us.
Click on the 2013 speakers to watch the videos of their talks.
Rogue economist, author and Harvard review blogger Umair Haque joined Meaning 2013 via a surprisingly good Skype link. He challenged us to think differently about the possibilities of 21st century economics. Is capitalism fit for purpose? And if not, what is?
Mary Alice is a storyteller, an author and one of the global stewards of the Art of Hosting movement. At Meaning 2013 she shared with us her belief in the power of a story to change the world and encouraged us all to become what she describes as ‘story activists’, to create a life of meaning and purpose.
Rick is the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, which has representation in the European parliament and has spawned Pirate Parties in more than 60 other countries. At Meaning 2013 Rick inspired us with his own story, one of a networked movement created from nothing that is bent on changing the world.
Mikel is Director of Cooperative Dissemination of MONDRAGON Cooperative Group, a €4bn business owned by its employees which has proven to be famously resilient in the face of a Spanish economy in deep crisis. Mikel shared with us how employee-owned business can compete, thrive and enrich at great scale.
Anne-Marie is co-founder and MD of JustGiving, the pioneering social business that has helped over 21 million people raise over £1.4 billion for more than 12,000 charities since 2001. At Meaning 2013 Anne-Marie inspired us with her personal story of bringing restless 21st century innovation to the established world of giving.
Honor Harger is a New Zealand born curator and artist. She has a particular interest in art using new technologies, sound and broadcasting. At Meaning 2013 Honor played with bold, new creative ideas of what business might become, mashing up technology, infrastructure and human beings to provoke new possibilities.
A global expert on social technologies, Lee believes passionately in the need to radically rethink organisational design and leadership. His early career in international relations has helped shaped his rock solid belief in humanity. At Meaning 2013 Lee provoked us to take action in business that puts people first.
James is the co-founder of renegade craft beer makers BrewDog, Scotland’s largest independent brewery. BrewDog has subverted conventional industry norms, raising millions from its fans and stubbornly refusing to let go of its principles of openness and transparency. At Meaning 2013 James shared what drives punk passion for a different kind of business.
Dave is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money. He was named one of Wired magazine’s favourite top 15 global sources of business information in 2013 and is ranked as Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments.
Sue is a senior research associate in computer science at University College London. She is a passionate advocate for wider access to technology. At Meaning 2013 she inspired us with #techmums -- her current project that empowers mums as part of the digital revolution.
Here are some of the issues that Meaning seeks to explore.
Is top-down, command and control fit for the 21st century?
Are businesses with collaborative decision-making practices getting the edge on old-school competitors?
What kind of leaders do the challenges of our time demand, and what is leadership today?
Can we keep growing in conventional terms and if not, what are the alternatives?
What are the opportunities for businesses to embrace sustainability?
What technology themes are imminent and likely to disrupt business as usual?
What do people want from work and what can they expect from progressive businesses?
Learn new ways to make your work better.
This year the full-day conference was preceded by a day of workshops
designed to provide both the inspiration and the practical tools to
bring greater meaning to working life. The cost of £300
included entry to the main conference.
Happy Hour is 9 to 5: Last year Alex inspired the Meaning 2012 audience with his energetic and compelling talk on happiness at work. He's back this year running a workshop which will give participants the tools to create their own happier and more productive workplaces.
The story dojo: Mary Alice is a storyteller, an author and one of the global stewards of the Art of Hosting movement. Being able to share your story is a key skill. Being able to use story to chart your course is leadership at the highest level. This workshop will help you unlock your story.
Meaning 2014 will happen on 18 November.
The 50 super early-bird tickets we released have sold out. Sorry.
You can join the waiting list for tickets by clicking 'buy tickets'.
Meaning 2013 was a one day conference running from 9 am - 5.30 pm.
Participants heard inspiring keynotes from 10 diverse speakers.
Lunch together provided an opportunity to make meaningful
connections with other attendees.
Thank you to our partners for helping to create Meaning 2013:)
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