Friday, 21 October 2016

How can cities improve the lives of their citizens by creating local currencies?

How can cities improve the lives of their citizens by creating local currencies?

This was the topic of a keynote given by IFLAS Doctoral Researcher Leander Bindewald, at an event in Israel on the future cities.

IFLAS continues to promote awareness of how currency innovation could influence sustainable development. This includes support for a practitioner summit in Indonesia in December 2016 and a free online course which starts again in February 2017. A certificated course on currency innovation is also co-taught by Leander Bindewald in April in London.

Leander co-authored the key text on how to design and implement local currencies, published by the New Economics Foundation... "People Powered Money."

Monday, 26 September 2016

Leading Wellbeing in Rural Contexts - Book now!

Leading Wellbeing in Rural Contexts - ONE DAY CONFERENCE
Organised jointly by Brathay Trust and University of Cumbria
1 November 2016, University of Cumbria, Ambleside campus
Supporting wellbeing in an environment where providers (public, private, third sector, individuals and volunteers) are more professionally isolated requires different ways of working.


This one-day conference turns the spotlight onto the unique challenges presented, as well as providing a forum for exploring responses and opportunities. The conference showcases good practice case studies from cross-sector contexts, including health and social care, uniform services, education and enterprise to name a few. A framework developed by the Cumbria Rural Health Forum will help us explore diverse practices, in order to draw out generalizable responses and learning for common challenges in rural contexts. These include access, community engagement and resource mobilisation. This will lead to Open Space discussions to ensure critical themes provide important learning to take away for wider sharing and application. This process contributes to an emerging rural cross-sector forum for ongoing networking, resources and communication.
Arrival and coffee
9:30 – 9:45
Welcome and introductions
9:45 – 11:00
‘The challenges of leading wellbeing in rural contexts’
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee and networking
11:30 – 13:00
Open Space session 1
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Open Space session 2
15:30 – 16:30
Closing circle

Call for papers: The conference will also coincide with the launch of a call for papers for a special issue of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC) published by Greenleaf. The issue will focus on the themes of leadership, wellbeing and rurality. We welcome ideas from you on the day.

We are pleased to announce a great line up of speakers for this event.
The conference will be opened by the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria, Professor Julie Mennell and Chief Executive of the Brathay Trust, Godfrey Owen.
A broad based panel discussion will start the conference discussion, with speakers John Roberts, Head Teacher Consultant; Mark Pannone, Superintendent, Operational Support; Cumbria Constabulary; Suresh Rao, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Frank Peck, Director of the Centre for Economic Development, University of Cumbria and Lucy Maynard, Head of Research at Brathay Trust. These speakers between them bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and inspiration across education, justice, health and business sectors, providing a great introduction to the rest of the day in which participants will contribute their views and ideas.
We will be using the Open Space framework to facilitate discussions, so please sign up and come along with your ideas. Registration for the conference is essential and can be done at our online store £50 full price. £20 concessions. 

Concessions will be for; Voluntary Sector workers, Students, Unemployed.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to students, voluntary sector and unemployed, please contact:
For more information: please contact Martin Pyrah/IFLAS on 015394 30228 or

Monday, 12 September 2016

Leading Wellbeing in Rural Contexts - Hold the Date!

Leading Wellbeing in Rural Contexts - ONE DAY CONFERENCE

Organised jointly by the Brathay Trust and University of Cumbria

HOLD THE DATE - 1st November 2016, Ambleside

The marquee - Leading Wellbeing Festival 2015
 There are unique challenges posed when leading wellbeing in rural contexts. For example; providers (public and third sector, or volunteers) are more professionally isolated and need to work differently; transport and electronic connectivity is more limited, in some cases meaning emergency support is challenging; travel distances to health and care providers are greater, particularly to specialist services. Supporting wellbeing in this context is a multi-stakeholder agenda, with many of us leading initiatives and services, both independently and in multi-agency arrangements or networks. Further, community involvement and broad stakeholder engagement are critical.

This one day conference turns the spotlight onto these unique challenges, as well as providing a forum for exploring responses and opportunities. The conference showcases good practice case studies from cross-sector contexts, including health, the voluntary and charitable sector and uniform services. A framework developed by the Cumbria Rural Health Forum will help us explore diverse practices, in order to draw out generalizable responses and learning for common challenges in rural contexts. These include access, community engagement and resource mobilisation. This will lead to Open Space discussions to ensure critical themes provide important learning to take away for wider sharing and application. This aims to contribute to an emerging rural cross-sector forum for ongoing networking, resources and communication.

Rowing on Windermere - Leading Wellbeing Festival 2015

We are hoping that academics, practitioners and students from across the University will be interested in joining the day and that academics will share details of the conference with partners (see attached email)
So, please do ‘save the date’ and join us in Ambleside on the 1st of November. We will be circulating more details about the day before the end of the month.
Best regards

Dr Lucy Maynard, Brathay Trust, Professor Alison Marshall, CACHET,  Dr Caroline Rouncefield, Department of Business, Law, Policing and Social Sciences, and Phil Chapman, IFLAS.

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.