Over 300 people converged on Saïd Business School last week for Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2019 to explore how to embed purpose authentically into business. Business Fights Poverty’s Zahid Torres-Rahman reflects on the power of purpose - to help us become the brightest version of ourselves, and also to get us through the darkest times.
Over 300 people converged on Saïd Business School last week to explore how to embed purpose authentically into business.
Supported by GSK, Unilever and Visa, our annual event, Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2019, was our most ambitious to date: 85 expert speakers, 10 practical workshops, 6 deep-dive Knowledge Zones, 5 delegate-led Connection Lunches, 4 Keynote Speakers, 3 Personal Coaching Sessions, 2 Plenary Panels, and an Online Discussion that has so far drawn in over 1,000 participants!
In addition, WWF presented a special screening of the new film "Our Planet: Our Business", inspired by the "Our Planet" Netflix Series. And to round it all off, our opening and closing performances were by Brit Award-nominated recording artist, George the Poet!
The event feedback has been our best yet: 94% of participants surveyed rated it “good” or “excellent”; 96% said they would recommend it to a colleague; 93% learnt something valuable; and 90% made a useful connection. This is a testament to the hard work of the team and our Content Partners: WWF, The Partnering Initiative, CARE, Oxfam, The League of Intrapreneurs, Mercy Corps, WBCSD and Be Inspired Films.
The event also saw the launch of our inaugural group of Business Fights Poverty Ambassadors - members of the Business Fights Poverty community who have stepped forward to take a more proactive role in helping us drive collective insights and connections, both at our flagship events and beyond, as well as to provide mutual support to each other. If you would be interested in learning more, please get in touch.
If you weren’t able to join us in Oxford, we’ll be sharing the videos from the plenary sessions over the coming days. You can also register your interest in attending Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2020, taking place at Saïd Business School on 16 July: https://snipbfp.org/BFPOXFORD2020 - and we’ll be in touch once registrations open.
For now, I’d like to share the video of the welcome and opening. This includes the great performance by George The Poet, as well my reflections on purpose. I talk about the power of purpose to help us become the brightest version of ourselves, and also to get us through the darkest times. I have also included the inspiring closing performance by George The Poet.
Other videos we will share shortly include: