On 20th October from 17.00 to 19.00 BST (UTC/GMT+1) which is 12 noon to 2 pm EDT in the US, David Gurteen will be holding his seventh World Values Day Knowledge Café on Zoom. This year there will be two sessions to allow you to participate more easily from wherever you are in the world. The second session will be on 21st October from 08.00 to 10.00 BST.
This year’s World Values Day theme is Values for Community and the theme of the Café will reflect this. David is delighted to have Henry Mintzberg join us as the speaker, and he will have a short conversation with Henry on his concept of Communityship and the part values plays in this, to trigger the Café conversation itself.
Most of you will be familiar with Henry’s work. He is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Canada and an internationally renowned speaker and author on organization and management.
THEME: WHAT IS COMMUNITYSHIP, AND WHAT IS THE ROLE OF VALUES?
In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Rebuilding Companies as Communities, Henry talks about this concept called communityship. This is what he says about the idea:
How can you recognize communityship?
That’s easy. You have found it when you walk into an organization and are struck by the energy in the place, the personal commitment of the people and their collective engagement in what they are doing.
These people don’t have to be formally empowered because they are naturally engaged. The organization respects them so they respect it.
They don’t live in mortal fear of being fired en mass because some “leader” hasn’t made his or her numbers.
Imagine an economy made up of such organizations.
In his introductory conversation with Henry, David will ask him to describe communityship and how he sees the role of values in nurturing communityship.
After our conversation, we will go into Café mode, where everyone will have the opportunity to discuss how we see communityship and the role values play.
Please read this post in David’s blook about communityship if you have the time, as it will help set the context for the conversation. It is not a prerequisite.
THE CAFÉ PROCESS
After the introduction and conversation with Henry, a question will then be posed by Henry, and we will have 3 rounds of small group conversations, where we split up into small groups of 3 or 4 and go into Zoom break-out rooms to discuss the question.
Finally, we will return to the main room to share our thoughts and insights as a whole group.
David Gurteen will facilitate the discussion, assisted by Charles Fowler, Coordinator of World Values Day.
REGISTRATION: CHOOSE YOUR TIME
To make the World Values Day Knowledge Café genuinely global, it is being run twice this year at times convenient for wherever you live in the world.
You are, of course, free to select either Café if you would rather get up early or say up late.
The first Café will be held on Thursday 20th October from 17:00 to 19:00 BST (London, UK time; UTC+1) to suit participants in the EMEA and Americas regions. You can check the time in your location on timeanddate.com.
The second Café will be held on Friday 21st October from 08:00 to 10:00 BST (London, UK time; UTC+1) to suit participants in the Asia-Pacific region. You can check the time in your location on timeanddate.com.