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Posted 2.15.17

Cleveland, OH – February 15, 2017 – The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit is pleased to announce that Faculty Executive Director Chris Laszlo, Ph.D., will present a key note at the upcoming Leading for Well-being Conference hosted at the OECD headquarters in Paris, France on Feb 23-24.

Laszlo’ opening keynote of the two-day OECD workshop on “Measuring Business Impacts on People’s Wellbeing” is titled “How can the business sector become a positive driver of human well-being?” His presentation will center on results and areas of emerging research from the Fowler Center’s AIM2Flourish initiative.

The Workshop is organized in collaboration with the OECD and others as part of the Leading for Well-being initiative, an international coalition of organizations, scholars, business people, media experts and policy makers seeking to integrate the emerging practice of well-being with more sustainable practices at the corporate, community and policy levels.

The Fowler Center is a founding co-sponsor for the Leading for Well-being initiative. Laszlo and three Fowler Center Distinguished Fellows—Michael Pirson, Hunter Lovins and Andrew Winston—are the lead conveners.

The AIM2Flourish initiative connects students and business leaders worldwide to discover and learn about profitable innovations for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a flourishing world for all. AIM2Flourish is the world’s first higher education curriculum, story platform, and recognition program for SDGs business solutions. Students interview a business leader using Appreciative Inquiry questions (a positive, strengths-based approach created at Case Western Reserve University), and then publish a story (425 as of Feb. 2017) on AIM2Flourish.com. The inaugural Flourish Prizes—one for each SDG—will be awarded at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum: Discovering Flourishing Enterprise, hosted at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

Laszlo is the Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of World Benefit and Faculty Executive Director of the Fowler Center at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is author of five books, including Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business, Embedded Sustainability: the Next Big Competitive Advantage, and Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good. His current research project explores the emotional and relational basis for leadership and the necessity for a “new consciousness of connectedness in leaders and organizations.” The forthcoming management book, Quantum Leadership, will be co-authored by Laszlo and Fowler Center Advisory Board Member Frederick Chavalit Tsao.

To learn more about the Feb. 23-24 workshop, please visit http://www.oecd.org/statistics/Workshop-on-Measuring-Business-Impacts-on-Peoples-Well-being-agenda.pdf.

About the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management – Case Western Reserve University exists to advance the scholarship and practice of flourishing enterprise.  The Center’s primary focus is on for-profit organizations that use their core activities to create value for society and the environment in ways that create even more value for their customers and shareholders. Its theory of change draws on Positive Organizational Science, Appreciative Inquiry, Sustainable Value, Design, and Systems Thinking.

 

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