Discussing spirituality in business can feel awkward and alienating. Yet arguably, in the face of increasing automation and dehumanising work practices, it has never been more important. Often presented under the more worldly guise of "purpose", many enterprises are powered by a meaning that is beyond profit or salary, something bigger than self and shareholders.
What happens when a business's ethics or purpose clash with bald, blunt financial analysis? How are core values best presented in boardrooms and briefings, through strategy and staffing? Can spirituality be discussed in ways that are not awkward and alienating? If seen as part of living in a more integrated fashion, are there no boundaries between "work" and "life"? What does that mean for employers' responsibilities and employees' accountability?
A grand philosophical theme for a weekday breakfast! We have invited just 7 carefully identified members to explore these ideas, share their knowledge and wisdom, discuss challenges, create new opportunities, pool networks – and feast on a delicious breakfast.
"Different people, in good faith, can look at the same fact and interpret it differently. But that's where an interesting conversation begins." - Eric Schlosser
If you’re invited, we're confident that at the very least we will leave you feeling energised and invigorated with fresh company, new ideas and valuable connections. Our Tables are “doubly curated”, meaning that from within our membership we have handpicked a group with different but complementary skillsets, who we strongly think ought to meet each other and whose paths might not ordinarily cross. Further details are set out below.
Themes of the Breakfast
Business in the twenty-first century
Modern mindsets for living and working
At the breakfast
Please arrive promptly, as we will only properly get going once everyone is at the table, and a feast awaits you, thanks to our hosts at The Black Penny!
We'll kick off with a brief round of introductions, so that you have a sense of the variety of backgrounds and skills among your fellow guests. Over two delicious courses, we'll then dive into the theme of the morning, giving everyone the chance to speak, listen, question and think.
As ever, our conversation takes place under the Chatham House Rule, as well as the two HB House Rules, namely:
No hard-selling. This is not that kind of forum.
Please do your best to save your emails and texts for later: it's not only you that your phone distracts.
We'll wrap up on the dot of 9am; please let Kate know in advance if you need to leave earlier as it affects the dynamic of the table.
After the event you'll receive an email with everyone's contact details, and key recommendations that came up in conversation (such as events, organisations, articles etc.) will be shared online.
We will take account of all recorded dietary requirements when preparing the menu for this breakfast. Due to the bespoke nature of the event, seats cannot be transferred - but if you are suddenly no longer able to attend and have an appropriate replacement in mind then do let us know and we'll consider if they will fit in. We are also unable to issue refunds less than 5 days before the event.