Conscious Business Learning Lab: Discovery Workshop, Sydney

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The Ethics Centre

Legion House

Level 1, Castlereagh Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


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How do you build a conscious business?

Using business as a force for good is a significant movement in business.

Not only can your business contribute to a fairer, just, and sustainable society, it can also benefit from bringing a higher purpose into the very heart of the business.

Benefits include attraction and retention of engaged, aligned and talented employees, customer loyalty, focused strategy and collective action across your business, among other performance outcomes.

If you are building a conscious business, or wanting to transform an existing business join us for our Discovery Workshop to learn more about how to do that.

In our hands-on 2-hour session together:

  • learn about conscious capitalism, B Corporations, and the business for purpose movement;

  • learn about practices of conscious businesses and consider how they may apply in your context;

  • explore and find ideas and answers to challenges you are experiencing in your conscious business journey; and

  • make connections with a community of like-minded peers.

What have past participants valued?

Participants valued the following:

  • Deeper thinking around key challenges and potential solutions presented

  • Small group problem solving session - felt constructive to focus on a real problem and to work collaboratively with other conscious seeking individuals

  • Discussion about my specific challenge was very useful. The participants questions and provocations have really helped to clarify my thinking

  • Meeting like-minded individuals and having thought provoking conversations around the 4 tenets of Conscious Capitalism

  • Learning about the challenges of other attendees as well as helping others during the break out sessions was very valuable.

  • Great conversation to kickstart my conscious capitalism journey

  • It was incredibly enriching to learn about other people's perspectives on the topics and meet people with similar mindsets, although from different backgrounds.

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Places are limited to 16 so book your spot now for 3 July.

Read on if you would like to learn more about the Lab

Background to the Lab

The purpose of the Lab is to build and accompany a thriving community of sustainable purpose and values driven businesses, growing and maintaining momentum together and delivering impact for the greater good.

The Conscious Business Learning Lab supports purpose-driven business owners and practitioners like you to build and grow a conscious business through a unique hands-on, peer-to-peer, learning experience.

It involves face to face sessions in small groups to share challenges and find solutions, together, tools and frameworks, curated content, expert speakers and mentors to find answers to your specific context, as well as webinars and Q&As with trail-blazers.

Frameworks we draw into the Lab include, among others, the four tenets of Conscious Capitalism - higher purpose and values, stakeholder orientation, conscious culture, and conscious leadership, the B Corporation indicators, the principles of the UN Global Compact, and social procurement approaches.

Push the boundaries of what it is to create new ways of doing and being in business, to create healthy workplace cultures, that are more collaborative, innovative and successful, delivering a positive impact for the business, society and the planet.

The Learning Lab will support you with your specific needs, such as:

  • Discovering your organisation's higher purpose and values, providing the compass for all other business decisions.

  • Exploring and crafting conscious business models that make sense in your context.

  • Considering, designing and implementing new approaches to human-centred workplaces and team engagement.

  • Learning about and integrating social purpose approaches to procurement and supplier engagement.

  • Experimenting with and designing tools to measure your progress in becoming a conscious business.

  • Developing as a conscious leader and supporting your team to do the same.

  • Identifying strategies for cultivating a conscious culture.

  • Learning about and developing your own stakeholder integration strategies.

Who is the Lab for?

The Lab is for:

  • Entrepreneurs, building a conscious business from scratch and in need of a supportive community of peers, frameworks and know-how.

  • Conscious businesses, pushing the boundaries to create and sustain momentum, overcome challenges, and leave a sense of isolation for a community of practice with whom they can generate new ideas to grow and scale.

  • Business leaders looking to transform an existing business to be more conscious, but needing guidance, tools and a community of like-organisations also on the same journey.

  • Practitioners seeking to gain mastery in their advice to purpose and values driven businesses, which might include organisational development, human resources, organisational change, and business strategy leadership.

The Discovery Workshop involves people from across these groups.

What are some of the outcomes of the Lab?

Whilst participating in the Lab you will:

  • generate and share knowledge

  • explore examples and practices from across the planet

  • develop game-changing ideas and conscious business practices right for your context

  • overcome challenges together and avoid pitfalls

  • inspire and support each other to create businesses that deliver for the greater good

  • create action plans

  • alter or form new business strategies and models

  • foster new friendships and partnerships

  • develop a unique supportive community

DR DIMITY PODGER, Founder and Director, Conscious Business Learning Lab

Dimity is Founder and Director of the Conscious Business Learning Lab. She established it under her company brand Barasa, to work with small to medium sized enterprises to identify and bring to life their noble purpose and core values, resulting in higher levels of engagement, collaborative cultures, and aligned business systems, strategy, practices, and operation.

She has worked for over 15 years delivering values-based leadership and culture initiatives, sustainability programs, and learning experiences for not for profits, change makers, social enterprises, small and large businesses, health institutions, financial institutions, government agencies, educational institutions. She holds a doctorate in Education for Sustainability, is a certified WeValue facilitator, and completed Master Classes in Action Learning and Culture Mapping.

“The Values@Work programme by Barasa was a tremendous experience. Not only did it help us to better understand the power of a well-crafted set of values and purpose, but also how transformative these tools can be to realising an organisation’s goals. It was also a deeply personal experience as I was able to uncover the values which I hold true to – which now help to inform my personal approach to both life and business. I would highly recommend the Values@Work programme to anyone looking to create a positive change both in themselves and in their company.” Alex Siewert, Strategy Director, The Leading Edge, Sydney


If you are interested, but can't make it, please email us at dimity@barasaconsult.com.

We look forward to seeing you at our next session and accompanying you on your conscious business journey.

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