Thanks for being a part of Purpose 2015!

LET’S DO GOOD BUSINESS, TOGETHER

It’s 2015 and the future belongs to businesses with purpose.

The kind of purpose that’s baked into the business model. The kind of companies that solve problems, rather than cause them. The kind that have a healthy bottom line, but also a healthy perspective on what the world actually needs.

Purpose brought together purpose-driven people and over two days we met, learnt from and were inspired by the best in the industry. The people who are doing good and doing it incredibly well.

We talked about reinventing business models, shifting corporate cultures and rewriting the role of brands and organisations to be purpose driven. Purpose 2015 is only the beginning – join our community.

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Themes

Different By Design

Good design makes for a better world. It turns waste into a resource, outsmarts the competition... Read more

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Different By Design

Different By Design

Good design makes for a better world. It turns waste into a resource, outsmarts the competition and builds beautiful experiences. While the category is gaining momentum, design thinking is still in its infancy when it comes to application to business and our greatest environmental and social challenges. Over two days, we’ll discover how the design process informs the ethos, production and strategies of some of the leading purpose-driven companies in the world. Read more.

Meaningful Work

There’s a growing shift towards work with meaning. While this is tremendous... Read more

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Meaningful Work

Meaningful Work

There’s a growing shift towards work with meaning. While this is tremendous, the cultural change required to offer meaningful careers and relationships sometimes takes hard work to achieve – no matter what stage of business you’re at. We’ll look at strategies to facilitate a purpose-driven life and career for you and your employees, as well as how to hold onto the positive company values and culture you’ve worked so hard to build. Read more.

 

Business Model Innovation

B Corporations, social enterprise, shared value... Read more

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Business Model Innovation

Business Model Innovation

B Corporations, social enterprise, shared value, conscious capitalism and co-ops; it’s a brave new world of purpose-driven business models and we’re here to navigate them with you. Together, we’ll look at the new models that are emerging, new forms of currency and capital, the hybrids and the hacking of traditional models. We’ll share and formulate best practice, explore common mistakes, insights and learnings in this new territory. Read more.

21st century economics

If you look at politics today, it's hard not to conclude the economy... Read more

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21st century economics

21st century economics

If you look at politics today, it’s hard not to conclude the economy is being run for the benefit of big business. But there’s push back – a growing recognition of the failure of our existing systems to adequately account for everything that affects our well-being. To explore this topic, we’ll host a discussion of the changing measures of success, the new understanding of value and the glaring gaps in our current economic and accounting systems which have the potential to disrupt capitalism and even democracy. Read more.

Business skills for today’s world

Navigating your way through the wild, new world of startups and... Read more

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Business skills for today’s world

Business skills for today’s world

Navigating your way through the wild, new world of startups and purpose-driven business models can be daunting – so we’ve given some thought to the skills you need to call this place home. Join us for workshops on; values, frames, mindfulness, crowdfunding, digital marketing, storytelling, branding and design thinking. We’ll make sure you have at least a taste of the skills needed for the fast-paced, agile, purpose-driven business world of the future. Read more.

Companies of the future

Successful companies in the future will be those that solve problems... Read more

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Companies of the future

Companies of the future

Successful companies in the future will be those that solve problems rather than create new ones. At the same time, technology and social transformation are changing our understanding of work, workplaces, what makes teams tick and what defines a business. So what will organisationss of the future look like? Come with us as we gaze into our crystal ball and talk about flat structures, values-led leadership, remote and flexible working, the ethics of technology, workforce automation and meaningful work. Read more.


Speakers 2015

Jirra Lulla

Jirra Lulla

Managing Director

Kalinya Communications


Jirra Lulla Harvey is the founder of Kalinya Communications, a boutique marketing and events firm established to promote positive images of Aboriginality. In the language of her Grandmother, a proud Yorta Yorta matriarch from Northern Victoria, Kalinya translates to Good, Beautiful and Honest. A National Scholar from the University of Melbourne where she now guest lectures on representations of race and sexuality in Australia pop culture, Jirra was awarded a Centenary Medal for creative contributions to Australian society. She is passionate about Indigenous self-representation, ethical business and palm trees. Read more here.

Imogen Baxter

Imogen Baxter

Head of Product

Sendle


After studying International History and Politics at Leeds University, Imogen moved to Australia to find her tribe. Starting life like most new grads, working for love not money, Imogen started volunteering with Oxfam, The St James Ethics and Sustainable Business Australia. After a chance meeting with TuShare Founder, James Chin Moody, Imogen joined the sharing platform team in communications, eventually taking on the role of General Manager, growing the community to over 45,000 people. Imogen now leads Business Development at Sendle, a B Corporation certified technology company that unlocks the power of big business infrastructure for everyone. See more of Imogen here.

Malcolm Rands

Malcolm Rands

CEO

ecostore


When Malcolm and Melanie started ecostore in 1993 they had a dream to create a healthier more sustainable world and set a new model of how to fund a not-for profit, the FairGround Foundation. ecostore produce Australasia’s leading range of healthier, eco friendlier household cleaners, body care and baby products with a focus on looking after the health and wellbeing of people as well as the planet. The ecostore range of over 100 products are available in supermarkets and health stores throughout Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Asia. Malcolm has been active in the sustainable scene for over 33 years. He co-founded New Zealand’s first permaculture eco-village in 1986

James Meldrum

James Meldrum

Founder

Whole Kids


James and his wife Monica founded Whole Kids with the purpose of helping parents to create happy, healthy lives for their children. Whole Kids is Australia’s largest range of certified organic snack foods for kids and the first food company in Australia to become a B Corporation. James is on the committee for Conscious Capitalism Australia and was previously a non-executive board member of Environment Victoria. Whole Kids is a founding member of the Future Economy Group, B Corporation Australia, and recently launched its own community grants program called Small Seeds which has funded projects including a literacy skills development program for disadvantaged children in Melbourne, and support services for asylum seeker families in detention in Darwin.  See more about James.

Daniel Teitenbaum

Daniel Teitenbaum

Head of Curriculum

The School of Life Australia


Daniel is the Head of Curriculum at the School of Life Australia. Having studied Arts and Philosophy and spent close to 10 years as a youth educator, Daniel is inspired by the wisdom in culture and the power of meaningful educational experiences to help us live wisely and well. Previously Daniel made up part of the strategy team at Small Giants. Small Giants invests in businesses that are shifting us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. Daniel has also worked with the start up OurSay, an online democracy platform that connect leaders to citizens. See more of Daniel here. 

Sarah Fortuna

Sarah Fortuna

General Manager

Centre for Workplace Leadership


Sarah brings to the Centre for Workplace Leadership extensive experience in higher education and government in advisory, strategy, communications and project management roles. She spent several years working at the United Nations in Thailand and Indonesia, working in communications and partnership development roles. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2011, she worked at the Victorian Department of Justice.

Sarah has an Executive Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Social Science in International Development from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Monash University.

Managing Operations at CWL, Sarah is focused on laying strong foundations of strategy and process to allow the rest of the team to get on with the business of workplace leadership.

In her spare time, Sarah likes to travel, read and go for very long walks (preferably through the Italian countryside). Read more about Sarah.

Felicity Ford

Felicity Ford

Co-Founder, Operations Director

Future Business Council


Felicity is a business strategist with a passion for innovation, adaptive business models and women in leadership. As Co-founder and Operations Director for the Future Business Council, Felicity stays on the cutting edge of business thinking and global trends reshaping Australia’s economy. She is a strong believer in the positive role business can play in the economy and greater society, and brings experience working in business operations, strategy and sales from previous positions within the manufacturing and risk/insurance industry. Felicity is passionate about creating a pathway for more women in leadership, and is co-founder of 1902 Club, a women’s leadership community. See more about Felicity here

Tom Dawkins

Tom Dawkins

CEO & Founder

StartSomeGood


Tom Dawkins is co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood, a crowdfunding platform for social benefit projects. He was previously the founder of Australian youth non-profit Vibewire, the first Social Media Director at Ashoka in Washington DC and the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. He has organised dance parties and film festivals, youth journalism projects and new media conferences, co-working spaces and Burning Man theme camps. Tom has supported numerous nonprofits, governments and arts organisations to build community using technology and culture. He has been recognised with awards and fellowships from the Sydney Morning Herald, World Summit Youth Awards, The International Youth Foundation and Nexus Australia. Read more about Tom.

Jeremy Mah

Jeremy Mah

Head of Learning

Centre for Sustainability Leadership


With over 10 years’ experience as a consultant, researcher, communicator, educator, facilitator and coach in the field of sustainability, Jeremy’s experience extends across the corporate, government and education sectors. He is Head of Learning and a Program Facilitator at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership where he supports leaders to build their capacities for positive change in line with their values and hopes for the future. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Japanese), Master of Environmental Management, Master of Research and is now embarking on his PhD journey to explore how we can better support those working in the sustainability space. See more here.


Low down

Purpose is a curated and intimate two day event. Held in two of Sydney’s most unique locations, this is the chance to learn from some of the top, purpose-driven, business leaders around.

  • Meet like-minded people in the B Corp, social enterprise, conscious capitalism and purpose-driven business communities
  • Share some of the challenges and triumphs
  • Interactive and immersive learning experiences
  • Purpose-driven people who also have serious clout, reach and influence
  • A broad range of sessions and a flexible format – full program soon to be announced

Eternity Playhouse

Eternity Playhouse

Eternity Playhouse is a state of the art theatre in a heritage building. Home to Darlinghurst Theatre Co, the theatre is fast becoming an iconic Sydney destination.

The Commons

The Commons

The Commons is a local eating house in a 160-year-old sandstone cottage and will play host to workshops, meals and conversation over the two days.


Partners 2015