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

Jane Gleeson-White

Jane Gleeson-White

Author

Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have


Jane Gleeson-White is a writer and speaker with degrees in economics and literature. She is the author of Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism has to have – or can accountants save the planet? and Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world (2011). Double Entry won the 2012 Nib Literary Award for excellence in writing and research. It was shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2012 Age Book of the Year and the 2012 Queensland Literary Awards. Jane’s other books are about literature: Australian Classics (2007) and Classics (2005). She blogs at bookishgirl.com.au. Read more about Jane.

Eleanor Glenn

Eleanor Glenn

Values, framing & comms strategy

Common Cause Australia


Eleanor helps organisations to engage the values that motivate us to care for each other and for the planet. She has worked across the sustainability field in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her fascination with what makes us tick led to a shift in focus to the psychological and societal dimensions of sustainability. She is a communicator and qualitative researcher, having recently completed her PhD on climate change communications and engagement.

Eleanor’s favourite pastimes are picking mulberries in the park with her husband Fil and six year old son Aiden, and having deep and meaningfuls about how to make the world a better place. Read more about Eleanor 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.

Jason McDermott

Jason McDermott

Co-Founder

Dresden Optics


Jason is a designer, artist and entrepreneur from Sydney, co-founder of BrightHearts, TKLR and Dresden. You won’t believe what he just said about you. Find out more, click here.

Kyra Maya Phillips

Kyra Maya Phillips

Writer, Reader, Listener & Speaker

The Misfit Economy


Kyra Maya Phillips is a reader and a storyteller. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy , a book which chronicles stories of creativity from informal and dark markets around the globe. Research for this book has taken her to pirate prisons in Somalia, tunnels networks deep below the city of Paris, Amish camel farms, ganglands in Cape Town, and into the history books to study 18th century pirate ships. Alongside The Misfit Economy, Kyra is a co-founder of The Point People, a collective of innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs committed to driving systemic change for a more equitable society. She has written for and appeared in publications around the world, including BBC, NPR, The Economist, The Financial Times, TIME, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, Dazed and Confused, The Irish Times, Le Monde, and The Guardian. Read more about Kyra.

Vanessa and Caro

Vanessa and Caro

Co-founders

Be An Unfucker


Vanessa and Caro met while freelancing at the same advertising agency in Melbourne. In hushed whispers near the printer, they decided they wanted to use their writing and designing skills for good. So they plotted to raise awareness about climate change without ever using the colour green. This green-less site became a movement called Be An Unfucker, with unfucking followers in the tens of thousands. They’ve been featured in Frankie, Broadsheet, Collectively, Mx and Channel 3 News NZ and run workshops on how to unfuck your life and your workplace.

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.

Candice Quartermain

Candice Quartermain

Founder and Program Director

Circular Economy Australia


Candice has been presenting, educating and facilitating on the circular economy for more than three years and has been managing creative and technical teams on innovation projects for more than 10 years. Her passion for connecting people and drive for good business practice is the force excelling Circular Economy Australia into the valued network represented today, connecting people and resources to circular economy opportunities that add new value. Read more about Candice

 

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


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.


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