Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit series

Optimistic. Bold. Transformational. These are the words people have used to describe the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Patrick Cesceau the then CEO of Unilever and Honorary Chair of the first Global Forum along with C.K Prahalad described it as “an epicenter for sustainable innovation.”

The Global Forum is an “Unconference” because it is more like a massive design studio—engaging, creative and action–oriented—than a typical convention. The Forum taps into the “whole system of strengths” and uses design tools from the world–renowned Appreciative Inquiry Summit method to enable and inspire individual, team and collective action. To be sure, the Forum offers groundbreaking workshops and amazing speakers, but what makes the Global Forum such a landmark event for many people is its mantra: “up with design.”

2017 Global Forum: Celebrating Flourishing Enterprise

June 14-16, 2017

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio and Via Worldwide Simulcasts

The conference will showcase extraordinary stories of radical business innovation and net positive impact from around the world, as part of a global learning challenge to build a better world. Attendees will also participate in AIM2Flourish’s inaugural recognition and celebration of student-discovered business innovations that are doing good and doing well.

Imagine a world in which the primary aim of business is to create wellbeing, happiness, and wholeness.

Central Forum Themes:

  1. Reframe the business agenda around diversity, vibrant productivity, and resiliency
  2. Celebrate stories of extraordinary innovation for business and world benefit
  3. Work in real time to apply proven strategies for personal and organizational flourishing
  4. Experience directly how Appreciative Inquiry can accelerate positive change

Discover the four design areas of the Fourth Global Forum, and contact Katherine Gullett at for more information.