Rewiring the Way That Business and the Economy Work for a Sustainable Future

Course details

From £155.00

Sat 06 Oct 2018 - Sun 07 Oct 2018

Rewiring the Way That Business and the Economy Work for a Sustainable Future


How can we ensure that the way we do business and run our economies is fit for purpose as we address the complex challenges of the 21st century? We will look at innovation including conscious business, the circular economy and shifting from ego-system to ecosystem economies. No economics background required.

Global economic development has enhanced the quality of life and wellbeing of billions of people. In the early 21st century the pace of development and technological innovation is accelerating rapidly. But at the same time there are a number of concerns. Global financial systems are still at risk, despite measures taken since the 2008 crash. Inequality is rising globally and in many countries conflict and insecurity are a constant concern. The ecosystems on which we all depend are being degraded, many species are becoming extinct, natural resources are being depleted and the risk of runaway climate change is an ever-present risk, without rapid and coordinated action globally.

These trends are a cause for concern for many communities, local economies, businesses, policy makers and everyone concerned with a long-term view of the future. How can we steer the global economy in a way that serves the common good and is aligned with the planetary systems that support life?  

At the same time, we are living in era of tremendous innovation in the way we can look at the economy, financial systems and the purpose of business. And there are many exciting new initiatives from the global and local scale to implement practical changes, work with new metrics, coordinate systemic innovation, grow the collaborative capacity required and facilitate rapid exchange of ideas and practices.

This weekend school will have a mix of presentations, plenary discussions and group exercises.

Programme details

SATURDAY 6th October

9.45am        Registration

10.00 am    Complex Problems of the 21st Century and Reinventing Economic Systems

                   Jane Corbett

11.00am     Coffee/tea

11.30am      Seeing the Planet as the Home for Our Economic Systems

                   Jane Corbett

1.00pm       Lunch

2.00pm       Focus on the Circular Economy and the Business Case:

                   Case Study on Plastics

                    Jane Corbett

3.15pm         Coffee/tea

3.45pm        Reinventing Business: What creates value, purpose and profit?

                    Jane Corbett  

5.00pm        Close

Sat evening: Optional Dinner and Generative Conversations at a nearby venue (at students own cost)


SUNDAY 7th October

10.00 am         The 4th Industrial Revolution: What Kind of Future Do We Want?

                         Jane Corbett

11.00am            Coffee/tea

11.30am            Reinventing Financial Systems and How Change Occurs:  

                         Case Study on Climate Change and Investment

                         Jane Corbett

1.00pm             Lunch

2.00pm            Innovation Lab Exercise: Redesigning the Value Chain

                         Jane Corbett

3.15pm             Coffee/tea

3.45pm            The Shift from Ego-system to Ecosystem Economies

                         Jane Corbett  

5.00pm             Close


Recommended reading

Grubb, M. ‘Planetary Economics: Energy, climate change and the three domains of sustainable development’ Earthscan 2014

Kielburger, C., Branson, H. and M. Keilburger ‘WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make a Living and Change the World’ Wiley: 2018

Kofman, F. ‘Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Value’ Sounds True: 2014

Raworth, K. ‘Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist’ RH Business Books: 2018

Polman, K. and S. Vasconcellos-Sharpe ‘Imaginal Cells: Visions of Transformation’  Reboot the Future 2017

Scharmer, O. and K.Kaufer ‘Leading from the Emerging Future: from Ego System to Eco-System Initiatives’  Berrett Koehler publishers, San Francisco, 2013

Webster, K. and E. MacArthur ‘The Circular Economy: A Wealth of Flows’ Ellen MacArthur Foundation publishing: 2017

Weetman, C. ‘A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains: Repair Remake, Redesign, Rethink’ Kogan Page: 2016


Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £155.00
Baguette lunch (both days): £9.80


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Ms Jane Corbett


Jane is a facilitator, tutor, consultant and coach on generative leadership for a sustainable future. She has worked on International and Public Programmes at OUDCE since 1997 as a part time tutor and course director on leadership and sustainability.