Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Renegotiating 'value': Bonus vs Pro Bono

'Bonus vs Pro Bono' is the second in our series of Renegotiating 'value' seminars and seeks to explore the value of inspirational leadership in business. The seminar will be held in the St Martin's Hall at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ) tomorrow (Thursday 4th November) between 4.00 and 6.30pm.

Here are brief biographies of our seminar speakers, Peter Hyson (Change Perspectives Ltd) and Baroness Uddin:
  • In the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a confused Alice seeks directions from the Cheshire Cat. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," says the Cat. "I don't much care where - " Alice replies. "Then it doesn't much matter which way you go," retorts the Cat. "-- so long as I get somewhere," Alice adds as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," says the Cat, "if only you walk long enough." In one sense, that might summarise 
    Peter Hyson's  life and career to date! For much of it, he’s not necessarily been totally clear where he’s been heading. He’s not one of those people who while they were still in short trousers fixed on a goal in life and single-mindedly pursued it until it was grasped and held aloft in a triumphant fist! The middle distance has often only emerged slowly out of the very definite mists of time. More specifically, that’s manifested itself in his work as a professional swimming coach, a senior teacher, a Church of England vicar, in working with the most senior leaders in leadership development and managing change and, more recently in writing novels and scripts and in TV production.  A Handbook for Coaching with Meaning and Spirituality is currently with Routledge. And throughout all those areas, people have been grappling with the question that so perplexed Alice: the area of spirituality, quest for meaning and the drawing to something or someone outside of and greater than ourselves.
  • Baroness Uddin was the first Muslim woman in the House of Lords. Born in Bangladesh and brought up in England, she is an advociate of social reforms and equal rights. A formidable champion for women, Lady Uddin was invited to the House of Lords in 1998 for her contribution to the advancement of women's and disability rights. She began her professional and political career in the 1970's, in the East End of London, developing a number of leading edge and well-regarded services and organisations. Many of these have since come to be accepted as benchmarks for sustainable development and community engagement. Baroness Uddin has served on the Government's Select Committee on European Affairs and has chaired several Government task forces, under the auspices of the Prime Minister's office, the Home Office and the FCO. She also chaired the Government's Taskforce on Ethnic Minority Women Councillors.
Bruce Irvine, who was to have been an additional speaker, is now unable to attend. The seminar costs £5.00 (pay on the door) and we look forward to seeing you there tomorrow. Renegotiating ‘value’ is a seminar series organised by Faiths in London’s Economy (FiLE) in association with: Ethos HumanCapital; Faith Regen Foundation; The Grubb Institute; Mission in London’s Economy; the SmithMartin Partnership; St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace.


  1. Towards the end of today's event, Rosie said something about how economics and spirituality don't often hang out together (eg the scarcity of churches like St Martin's which run successful business operations - & the tensions this sometimes causes).

    The Iona Community (Christian, intentional, dispersed community with a strong social action focus) has, as one of its rules "sharing and accounting for the use of our resources, including money".

    Quite a hard rule for individual members of the community to follow (the sharing and accounting is done in groups) in a society where we don't tend to talk about how much we earn and how we spend it.

    On a community/societal level, the current enthusiasm for open data is bringing more economic information out into the open - which will make it easier for us to participate in discussions (and maybe in decisions) on how public money is spent/shared.

  2. At the first seminar Dermot Tredget spoke about having a common fund in the monastic community of which he is part. Churches and communities can provide a framework for a more equitable sharing of resources but, as you say, we need mechanisms for enabling that to also happen more widely. Transparency of information may be one driver for that. At the level of local communities I think that LETs schemes are another attempt to do something similar.