The Fourth Global Forum brought together 300 participants from 31 countries, including representatives from business, academia, and nonprofit organizations. Participants worked together to discover how flourishing enterprise—at the individual, organizational and system levels—can improve productivity and bottom-line results. Using the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, they focused their efforts on one of four design areas: Impact Investing, AIM2Flourish, Quantum Leadership, or the Future of Management Education. Design sessions were interspersed with inspiring keynotes that challenged participants to transform their organizations.
One of the highlights of the 2017 Forum centered on AIM2Flourish with the awarding of the inaugural Flourish Prizes. These 17 prizes recognize business innovations that support the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Business leaders, professors, and students from around the world joined to celebrate the ways in which these companies are making a difference in their communities. Two of our Flourish Prize winners—Adam Ziv of Buza Ice Cream and Tyler McMahon of SmartPaani—were featured in an IdeaStream interview.