Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The IFLAS Open Lecture Autumn series kicks off this September

Cornis van der Lugt: Getting to scale: Integrated
thinking, numbers, finance and time in a globalising world
Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria,
Ambleside LA22 9BB
Tuesday 13 September 2016, 5:30 to 7:00pm

Based on his career experience of working in government, the United Nations, academia and the private sector, Cornis will reflect on some old assumptions about the role of regulation, the commercial logic of business, and the nature of accounting. He will highlight new ways of exploring Integrated Thinking, including its implications for how we measure, account and report on our use of Natural Capital.

Dr. Cornelis van der Lugt is Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Corporate Governance at Stellenbosch University Business School, Cape Town, South Africa, and Senior Associate at BSD Consulting, Zurich, Switzerland. As former UN representative he was deeply involved in developing industry initiatives and guidance standards such as the UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative and ISO 26000. More recently he co-founded the online platform seeking to build bridges between the financial and sustainability accounting communities. He consults from Switzerland in the area of strategy and sustainable finance, and provides executive education on among others integrated reporting. He holds a PhD from Stellenbosch University and Masters in Business Administration from the Haute Ecole de Commerce (HEC, Paris).

Julie Hutchison: Not-for-profit organisations at the intersection of  governance, ethics and investment
Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria,
Ambleside, LA22 9BB  
Tuesday 4 October 2016, 5:30 to 7:00pm

Charities in the United Kingdom hold investments worth more than £79 billion.  Exactly what sits behind these investments is increasingly under scrutiny by various stakeholders.
Charities must expect to be challenged on the alignment of their investments with their charity’s purposes.  Confronting this issue requires charities to re-focus on good governance, ethics and the law.
The talk will examine recent case studies where charities have found themselves unexpectedly thrown into the spotlight in relation to their investments.  It will explore the implications of these examples and what proactive steps charities can take in relation to their investment policy.  While armaments, tobacco and high-interest rate lending have been regarded as some of the so-called ‘sin stocks’ of the past, the talk will also consider the more recent example of fossil fuel investments and beneficiary and donor activism in this area, looking at why and how universities and faith organisations in particular have responded.

Julie Hutchison is a lawyer, charity trustee and the Charities Specialist at Standard Life Wealth.  She is also a current post-graduate student on the Sustainable Leadership programme at the University of Cumbria.  Julie sits on the Ethical Funds Advisory Group at Standard Life   

To register for any of these free Open Lectures, please email
Find out more about the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, and our leadership programmes at


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

What are people saying about a free course on currency innovation?

100% of Money and Society MOOC alumni report being "better able to interpret current events or initiatives" on issues of monetary reform and currency innovation.

100% say they "now want to learn more about the subject."

92% are interested in progressing their study with IFLAS, including the Certificate of Achievement in Sustainable Exchange, which involves a week in our London Docklands campus.

"The course was blxxdy brilliant"

"It opened my mind to how important current initiatives are to the future of humanity"

The online course of 4 lessons, one each week, has been completed by nearly 300 people from around the world, ages 17 to 70, from education, enterpreneurship, banking, government and NGO sectors. More than a dozen have progressed to the certificated University course at Masters level. The MOOC is an entry requirement for that course.

The MOOC is offered only twice a year. The next starts on August 21st. It requires a minimum of a few hours study each week.

In December, dozens of participants from Asia and Australasia are gathering in Indonesia for a free and self-organised Money and Society Summit to discuss relevant initiatives. To attend you must have studied the MOOC first.

Enrol on the course now or read more about it here.

The course is tutored by Professor Jem Bendell (co-author of Healing Capitalism and a UN paper on currency innovation) and Leander Bindewald of IFLAS and Matthew Slater of Community Forge.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Stimulating ideas on sustainable leadership

Recently IFLAS has been promoting discussion on sustainable leadership through a series of articles by Professor Jem Bendell.

"Financial technology start-ups need power of the EU behind them" appeared in the Daily Telegraph business pages, to bring attention to how regulators can help or hinder innovations in finance and technology with social implications.

"How can we fund the Sustainable Development Goals?" appeared on the World Economic Forum's website, to stimulate discussion on the need to align rules for capital markets with the need for heavy investment in achieving the climate and sustainability goals adopted by member states of the UN last year.

"Our Planet Needs a Purposeful Private Sector, confirms UN" appeared in the Huffington Post to invite discussion on why and how the capital markets can support companies that seek to achieve public goals as well as private profit.

"Does capitalism need some Marxism to survive the Fourth Industrial Revolution?"  appeared on the World Economic Forum website to trigger discussion on what a fresh approach to economic governance could involve in light of digitisation and automation.

All of these articles connect with the more radical political economy agenda that Professor Bendell, in his book Healing Capitalism, invites the corporate sustainability profession and academe to engage with.

"Carry on Flying: why activists should take to the skies" appeared in OpenDemocracy, to stimuate discussion on what authenticity means for sustainability professionals. It triggered a range of responses.

We welcome your thoughts on the issues raised in these articles, via posting in the Sustainable Leaders LinkedIn group

To discuss these ideas in a learning context with expert peers, then please consider our Sustainable Leadership course, 6 days in the English Lake District, starting September 9th.    

Monday, 6 June 2016

Cumbria Research and Enterprise Conference in Lancaster July 8th

Real World Research & Innovation
We are delighted to announce the Cumbria Research & Enterprise 2016 event, the annual celebration of the university's research and enterprise activity. The conference will take place on Friday 08 July 2016, at the University's Lancaster Campus on Bowerham Road.  The focus for this year’s event will be "Real World Research & Innovation" with sub-themes Engaging Researchers, Business engagement, Collaborative engagement and Creative agency
Presentations and posters will consider individuals, economies and communities from an impact and influence perspective. The programme follows below. More information on the presentation on corporate sustainability from IFLAS founder Professor Bendell is here. To register for this free event please book on-line here.
Conference Programme

09.00 Registration, refreshments and Market Place AXB Gallery

09.30 Welcome HPLT

09.45 Keynote & discussion: John Porter HPLT

10.30 Choice of parallel sessions

            Business Engagement 
            Chair: Alison Marshall AXB003 

Enterprise Zones and Sustainable Development
Jem Bendell, IFLAS

The impact of telemedicine services on the workforce: implications for teaching health professionals
Alison Marshall, CaCHeT

Real World Research: Developing school teaching as research-informed practice
Pete Boyd, Research Office & Graduate School, Institute of Education

Collaborative Engagement 
Chair: Diane Cox AXB006

Practitioner action research in leading children's centres - creative tools to promote learning and action
Kaz Stuart, Health, Psychology & Social Studies; Liz Applin, Hertsmere Leisure; Megan Wilcox, Herts for Learning

Bridging the academic-clinical research gap: A case study from a collaborative research project
Kevin Wilson-Smith, Health, Psychology & Social Studies; Karen King, Consultant Midwife NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Academic Research Staff Futures: Enhancing Professional Effectiveness & Progressing Your Academic Career
Poonam Malik, Research Office & Graduate School

Collaborative Engagement 
Chair: Paul Armstrong AXB030

Evaluating Widening Participation at the University of Cumbria
Tom Grimwood, HASCE

Local Food Supply Chain: what is it and how do we help?
Keith Jackson, CRED; Jacqui Jackson Lancaster University

Collaboration with clients in the research process: experience in regional development
Frank Peck, CRED, Gail Mulvey, CRED; Keith Jackson, CRED

11.45 Refreshments & Market Place AXB Gallery

12.00 Choice of parallel sessions

Engaging Researchers 
Chair: Pete Boyd AXB003

All downhill from here: does the recent fall in oil prices disprove the concept of Peak Oil?
Ian Chapman Business, Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Developing a mobile phone app to help foresters use the National Vegetation Classification
Andrew Weatherall, Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

The Reality of the ‘Real’ and the Worldliness of the ‘World’ in Real World Research: Six Months Health and Social Care Evaluations (HASCE)
Tom Grimwood, HASC

Collaborative Engagement 
Chair: Hilary Constable AXB006

Fetal telemedicine: the challenges of remote collaboration between NHS Trusts
Elaine Bidmead, CaCHeT

The Cumbria Rural Health Forum: developing and implementing a Cumbria-wide strategic approach
Alison Marshall, CaCHeT; Jae-Llane Ditchburn, CaCHeT; Tom Bell, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Lorraine Smyth, Action for Communities in Cumbria; Keith Jackson, CRED; Frank Peck, CRED; Alan Lillie, Cumbria Partnership Foundation NHS Trust; Peter Knock, Cumbria County Council; John Roebuck, Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, Andrew Sullivan, CaCHeT; Elaine Bidmead, CaCHeT

Turning Research into a Mobile Application
Karen Morris, Health, Psychology & Social Studies

Business Engagement 
Chair: Rachel Lowthian AXB030

I didn’t know you did that” What do we offer to an organisation? Where’s the value to a business? How do we do it? Why should we be bothered?
John Berry, Enterprise and Business Development, Sarah Stables, Enterprise and Business Development

Using Deliberative Methodology in Public Sector Research
Rob Ewin, Health, Psychology and Social Studies

The Multifaceted Nature of Enterprise & Business Development
Dianne Mardell, Enterprise and Business Development, John Berry, Enterprise and Business Development; Vicki Goodwin Enterprise and Business Development, Steve Wood, Enterprise and Business Development

13.15 Lunch & Market Place AXB Gallery

14.15 Choice of parallel sessions

          Engaging Researchers
          Chair: Diane Mardell AXB003

Developing Research Leaders for Tomorrow- Leadership in Action for Doctoral Researchers and Academic Research Staff
Poonam Malik, Research Office & Graduate School

Researching Female Nurses Experiences and Perceptions of Personal and Professional Development (PPD) in the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa
Lindy Hatfield, Nursing Health & Professional Practice

Collaborative Engagement Chair: Sarah Stables AXB006
Review of Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes within the UK
Elizabeth Bates, Health, Psychology & Social Studies

What is an ‘impact’? Some reflections on the evaluation of clinical skills training programmes
Naomi Pierce, HASCE

Occupational engagement within a woodland project: belonging and wellbeing
Fiona Cole, Health, Psychology & Social Studies; Mark Christie, Medical & Sports Sciences

15.30 Plenary

15.45 Close

To register for this event please book on-line here.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

UN Says Grow Zones Sustainably - July 8 talk at Cumbria Uni


On July 8th 2016 in Lancaster, Professor Jem Bendell will present the findings of his research for the United Nations on the future of "special economic zones". Such zones have been a cornerstone of the UK Government's economic strategy since 2012, and Cumbria launched its first zone in 2016 at Kingmoor Park outside Carlisle.  
  • What can be learned from the experience of thousands of zones worldwide? 
  • What are the latest approaches to the strategic management of zones?
  • How do we avoid the multiple failures of past zones to enable sustainable economic development?
You can download the report here (pdf). Professor Bendell wrote an article for the World Economic Forum which summarises the arguments in the UN report 

You are welcome to attend the presentation for free at the Lancaster Campus of the University of Cumbria, at 1030am on 8th July in room AXB003 (Alexandra Building). Registration is in the Gallery of the Alexandra Building from 9.00am. Please register in advance here

The talk is part of the a day of research presentations. Further information on the morning session follows below.

8th July, University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus, Bowerham Road.

9.00  Registration, refreshments and Market Place / AXB Gallery

09.30 Welcome / Hugh Pollard Lecture Theatre

09.45 Keynote & discussion:  John Porter /  Hugh Pollard Lecture Theatre

10.30 Room AXB003

Enterprise Zones and Sustainable Development / Jem Bendell, IFLAS

The impact of telemedicine services on the workforce: implications for teaching health professionals / Alison Marshall, CaCHeT

Real World Research: Developing school teaching as research-informed practice / Pete Boyd, Research Office & Graduate School, Institute of Education

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Innovation Leadership: Public Talk in Kuala Lumpur

Innovation Leadership
June 3rd, 4pm to 6pm
ELM Business School, HELP University, Kuala Lumpur
The need for change is what distinguishes leadership from management.
The need for sustainability distinguishes good leaders from bad.
How can good leaders create rapid and significant change for sustainability?

Professor Jem Bendell, of the University of Cumbria and the impact investors Trimantium Capital, will share insights from fields of innovation and enterprise, to show how major changes have occurred in the past and can occur today. Drawing on examples from fashion, finance, the sharing economy and education, Bendell will explain his theory of elegant disruption, which extends management theories on disruptive innovation to include aspirations and values.

Professor Jem Bendell is in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, as a Young Global Leader, and will reflect on discussions from that summit.

For information on ELM see here, and to request to attend the talk email David Thye:

Professor Bendell is the founder of the Postgrad Certificate in Sustainable Leadership.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

New for Spring 2016, two all-day workshops from IFLAS

New for this year, we are excited to be offering two brand new IFLAS workshops, to be held in Ambleside to coincide with the completion of our Robert Kennedy College MBA/MA student residential modules.

Firstly we have:
Creating Partnerships for Sustainable Development - Dr David Murphy

A one day workshop on ‘Creating Partnerships for Sustainable Development’ will be delivered by the Deputy Director of the Institute for Leadership & Sustainability (IFLAS), Dr David F Murphy on Saturday 21 May at the University of Cumbria, Ambleside.

The workshop will offer participants a range of tools, frameworks, scenarios and cases to enhance knowledge and skills to develop and implement effective multi-stakeholder partnerships linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The day will include refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Dr David Murphy was formerly with the UN System Staff College and has vast international experience in training senior executives. In 1997 Dr Murphy and Jem Bendell co-wrote the first book on sustainability partnerships. David is the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership.

To book on this one day workshop, please use our online shop

Then, on the 25th June 2016, we will have:

Presentation Master – Jo Chaffer

 A one day course to master presenting effectively to any audience. Develop the insights and mind-set to become the presenter you want to be; adopt tactics, perfect the skills, confidence and know how to make this happen. This bespoke course is highly experiential – present, practice, critique, learn and grow.
Course Content

Presentation Master’s foundations are a simple, robust but challenging strategy and tool kit for audience analysis and goal setting, fine-tuning our critical thinking skills. Knowing what our audience needs, their objectives and ours we can create a key message and outline frame.
We go on to identify the key components of effective presenting – our building blocks for the rest of the course.
The next step is to generate content that meets the audiences’ needs and organise this into a coherent, cohesive structure.  Opening and closing in a memorable, effective manner are crucial to this.
Throughout the course we play and practise with a range of non-verbal and vocal skills and techniques.

Finally we consider how to work with notes efficiently and the range of visual aids available to us.
The course ends with a presentation from each participant critically reviewed by the group.
All presentations and content will be made available to participants after the course along with other online support and resources.


Your trainer: Jo Chaffer

Part of the IFLAS team, Jo also works globally as Development Trainer, Coach and Consultant with private, public and third sector organisations. Jo brings theory into practice and draws on a wide repertoire of skills and experiences. She has supported the professional development of people from C-suite Executives, research professionals to budding entrepreneurs.
Jo was previously the Lead Trainer for the British Council’s Researcher Connect – a global professional development program for researchers and academics. Researcher Connect is now supported by the Newton Fund and rolled out in more than 15 countries.
Previous Clients include: BMW; Philip Morris; Vishal Group; Thamserku group; Barclays; Deutsche Bank; Higher Education Commission, Pakistan; UNDP; UNHCR; Qatar Foundation; IIT Mumbai; Ministry of Higher Education, Uzbekistan.

For more information or LinkedIn
Again, to purchase a ticket for this one day workshop, see our online shop

These workshops will also provide an opportunity for networking between our overseas MBA/MA students, and a range of local participants working in different sectors. The cost for either of these workshops is £149 per person.

For a full overview of all IFLAS events and courses, please see our website, follow us on Twitter (@iflasinfo) or join us on Facebook