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, from the kind of companies that solve problems, rather than create them. We’re about businesses with a healthy bottom line and a healthy perspective on what the world actually needs.

Purpose is the coming together of purpose-driven people. It’s by application only and over two days you’ll get to meet, learn from and be inspired by the best in the industry. The people who are doing good and doing it incredibly well.

We’re going to talk about reinventing business models, shifting corporate cultures and rewriting the role of brands and organisations to be purpose driven. This is the event for connecting, meeting and learning from like minded people – so join us.

 

Presented by Wildwon

Themes 2015

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

Matthew Bell

Matthew Bell

Executive Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Services

Ernst & Young


Matthew is a Partner and the leader of Ernst and Young’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice in Sydney. He is a published doctoral-level scientist, and has previously managed UK Government research programmes on Climate Change. Matthew holds committee memberships for the ACCA Global Sustainability Forum, the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s sustainability committee, and a number of IETA working groups. He is also a NSW Green Globes judge and a visiting lecturer at the University of Sydney and Sydney Business School.

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.

Matt Perry

Matt Perry

Board Member and former CEO

Conscious Capitalism Australia


Matt is a business leader with experience working with some of the world’s biggest brands in communications, digital marketing and sustainability. He has worked at M&CSaatchi where he helped launch their first digital division and was a founding partner at Republic of Everyone. Matt has studied at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (where he has also sat on the board and was the Chair), is the former CEO of Conscious Capitalism Australia where he now sits on the board. Conscious Capitalism Australia is part of a global movement supporting forward-thinking leaders who want to reframe the way they do business, focusing on the their true purpose. Read more about Matt.

 

Josi Heyerdahl

Josi Heyerdahl

Corporate Account Manager

WWF - Australia


Josi is dedicated to deepening the human–nature connection. Environmentalist, sustainability expert, partnerships manager and forever curious about the natural world – I bring 10 years of international sustainability experience from the private and non-profit sector. Working to create positive change in business, I create and manage partnerships that deliver conservation outcomes, brand value, rich communications content and philanthropic funding. See more here.

Lauren Capelin

Lauren Capelin

Head of Venture Community

Reinventure Group


Lauren is a community strategist and disruptive innovation specialist passionate about the development and application of new business models, corporate social innovation, impact investment and fostering entrepreneurial capacity, particularly in women. She is currently Head of Venture Community at Reinventure Fund, an Australian venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive financial services startups, with Westpac as its largest investor. Read more about Lauren here.

Stuart Palmer

Stuart Palmer

Head of Ethics

Australian Ethical Investment


Stuart Palmer is Head of Ethics Research with Australian Ethical Investment. Stuart works with the ethical and investment research teams to ensure that the social and environmental impacts of companies are part of all investment decisions. Stuart also manages Australian Ethical’s advocacy and engagement initiatives, working with companies, other investors and NGOs to positively influence corporate thinking and behaviour. Stuart is a former lawyer and banker and as head of ethics services at St James Ethics Centre delivered their consulting and training services in the private, public and not for profit sectors. See more about Stuart.

Abigail Forsyth

Abigail Forsyth

Co-founder and Managing Director

KeepCup


Abigail’s entrepreneurial spirit was kick-started when she caught sight of opportunity as an eleven year old, selling sandwiches in the business park where her father worked during her school holidays. In 1998 Abigail left law to start up Bluebag – feel good food; a chain of fresh and healthy sandwich shops in Melbourne’s CBD, with her brother Jamie Forsyth. After twelve years the business was sold in 2010, having provided the idea and stepping stone for her latest venture, KeepCup. The large volumes of disposable packaging and waste alarmed Abigail, so the search began for more sustainable and environmentally conscious ways to serve food. Read more about Abigail.

Clinton Squires

Clinton Squires

Managing Director | Senior Vice President, Aust & NZ

Interface


Clinton serves as Senior Vice President for Interface in Australia and New Zealand. In this role he is responsible for local manufacturing and marketing activities, with particular focus upon organisational development. Prior to joining Interface – he was responsible for the automation business unit of BandD Garage Doors. Earlier he held a variety of sales and marketing roles in Iplex Pipelines and James Hardie Pipelines, serving civil construction, mining and telecommunications sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration. Read more about Clinton.

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


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