There’s *so* much I could say about this years’ Meaning – our annual conference for people who believe in better business.
Here were my top 10 highlights:
1. Joel and Michelle Levey’s rockstar-like appearance
These mindfulness legends have 90 years worth of experience learning, teaching and embodying mindfulness. Watching these guys talking about their work – involving the (once secret) ‘Jedi Warrior’ training they designed for the U.S. Army and how they bring mindfulness into modern business practices, such as the G-Pause at Google – makes me feel in complete ore.
2. Mark Stevenson’s fast-paced opener painting a big picture of the future
I’ve always enjoyed Mark’s comical presentation style – making us all constantly question ‘normality’ – is his doctor a racist?
3. The ‘before I die’ boards
It’s always great to have someone talking about better business from a massively successful global company, but when Bob Doak’s making the crowd crease with laughter, it’s even better.
They say the best learning’s at conferences happen in the breaks. There was a real sense of community over lunch this year over a beautifully hot Greek meal and conversation cards to help keep the conversation flowing.
I’ve always loved watching Neil on ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’ and I had very high expectations but he didn’t disappoint. His approach to applied improv was brilliant and useful.
7. The sense of community
Everyone who participated in the workshops, the brave volunteers who were pulled up on stage by Neil Mullarkey and Karen Pine from DSD who jumped up on stage at the last minute to encourage us all to take action.
8. Iain Chambers’ inspirational return to the stage
Conferences are great for inspiration and for learning new things, but they are extremely powerful when they actually help you to deliver action. Iain’s story demonstrates this so nicely.
9. The powerful return from everyone’s favourite Chief Happiness Officer
Alex’s talk on ‘how to be a workplace rebel’ demanded we all take action and be the changemakers we want to see. He invited us to look at the funny side of conformity and to stay unique, unlike these guys
10. The hard-hitting stats of Mark Stevenson
I never knew the actual cost of the Iraq war or the price we pay for technology –
“When blackberry messenger went down for a weekend in Abu Dhabi, the crash rate went down 40% because no one was texting whilst driving”.