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Fourth Global Forum

I just came back from a beautiful and uplifting experience whose purpose was to “Discover Flourishing Enterprises.” In this episode I share highlights with you. I bring many voices into this episode, as I took my recording gear with me.  You’ll hear from the participants – why they were there, what was inspiring them in the moment and for the future.

The event I’m talking about is the Fourth Global Forum.  It was at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH, hosted by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and AIM2Flourish. You hear more about those organizations throughout the show.

Episode Background

human flourishing - discover flourishing enterprise logoI invite you to read my blog post, Innovative Ways that Inspire Human Flourishing for All to learn more about the background of the Fourth Global Forum.

Picture this: 300 highly conscious people in the room – many reconnecting – so lots of hugging and laughter – and  many making connections for the first time with people they knew only by reputation or virtually. It was joyful. We were excited to come together to inquire into the topic of “Discovering Flourishing Enterprises: the Key to Great Performance.”  

Flourishing Enterprises

Over three days, following the Appreciative Inquiry methodology, we discovered what “flourishing enterprises”  meant to each of us: where we had experienced flourishing in our lives;  we dreamed what a flourishing future could be for all; and we rolled up our sleeves in working groups to design how we might accelerate this mission of “business as an agent of world benefit.” We created prototypes to bring our dreams to life, and then it was all about the action…. the commitments were made to amplify this very important work.

Flourishing Prizes

Flourishing Enterprises - SDGsThroughout the three days, we celebrated and applauded the Flourish Prize winners who came from all over the world. To be awarded a Flourish prize, it required a strong partnership, comprising for-profit businesses, academic institutions and business students.  The respective roles in this partnership are

  • Businesses innovatively producing solutions to one of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Professors in the business schools around the world who embrace this initiative in their business curriculum
  • Business students who move out of the classroom to discover and interview enterprising businesses achieving one of the SDGs to deliver flourishing enterprises, and then publish their stories on the AIM2Flourish website.

Diversity is a Key to Flourishing Enterprise

Flourishing Enterprise - Peace on EarthThe uniqueness and beauty of this Forum was the diversity of people in the room who could articulate a shared vision of business as an agent of world benefit.  All of us were united in the mission of business as a force for good in the world.  We were global thought leaders from academia, from a host of different business enterprises, from multinationals to start-ups. The energy of open-minded, curious entrepreneurs, multi-millionaires, philanthropists, impact investors, researchers, professors, business students, leadership and organization development practitioners and consultants only spiralled upward over three days.

Key Takeaways

  • Explanations  of AIM2Flourish and business as an agent of world benefit
  • Examples of Flourish Prize Winners
  • Voices of Participants highlighting
    • What flourishing means to them
    • High point moments and takeaways

Example Stories of the Flourishing Prize Winners

SDG Goal 2 – Zero Hunger

Affordable Organic Rice for Everyone

SDG Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

Reducing Plastic Bags from the Beginning

SDG Goal 3 – Good Health

An Ironclad Solution

SDG Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

A vision toward lighting the world

SDG Goal 8 – Economic Growth and Decent Work

Cinia a company where disability is a labor competence. 

Links to Generous Participants Whose Voices You Hear

Roberta Baskin 

Claire Sommer 

Marta Ceroni 

John Ehrenfeld

Mona  Momtazian  

Sheila Killian

Robert Murray

Amelia Indrajaya Januar 

Peter Senge

Links to Websites


Fowler Center of Business as an Agent of World Benefit

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