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IFLAS organises events on the leading-edge of the sustainability agenda, most of which draw upon our unique location and heritage in the heart of the famously beautiful Lake District.


IFLAS Spring 2016 Events


Leading Wellbeing: from theory to practice

University of Cumbria, Ambleside (open space event in day)
The Beehive building, Ambleside campus (evening party)
Saturday 9th April 2016

Day activities - 9:30am (for 10:00am start) to 5:00pm
Evening party - 6:00pm to midnight

A joyful day of learning, sharing and exploring around the “Practices in leading wellbeing” for communities of greater sustainability and wellbeing. Followed by an evening of live music from 'Don't tell Suzy' and 'Uncle Carbunkle', and a fabulous meal with locally-sourced produce from Nick's Kitchen, at the Beehive building, Ambleside campus.

The whole day is designed as an OPEN SPACE event. If you have never participated in an Open Space event, you can find an introduction here.

Open Space means the topics and sessions during the day will be determined by the participants. We have some fabulous sessions already on offer, but everyone is invited to host a session if they so wish. To see what is already on offer please click here

Cost: £20 for Saturday daytime (please bring your own lunch to share).
£15 for Saturday evening music and food. £25 for the full day.

Booking: Please book your place at our online shop.


IFLAS Spring/Summer 2016 Open Lecture Series

All Open Lectures are free to join, and will be held at our Percival Lecture Theatre on the Ambleside Campus.

You can view our past events or contact us to register for the following events.


Lynne Franks: How Big Data and Intuitive Creativity Combines in Today’s Cutting Edge Business Messaging

Lynne FranksPercival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Ambleside LA22 9BB 
Tuesday 15 March 2016, 5:30 to 7:30pm 

Lynne Franks, considered one of the founders of modern day PR and communications, has launched WYZE,  a new consultancy with one of the world’s top data scientists.  Using their very different skills sets, they are advising major corporations on engagement and  relationship building with consumers, staff and other stake-holders, based on values-led business strategy.

She will share how the WYZE Consultancy is combining teams of behavioral psychologists, story tellers, artists, data analysts, wellbeing experts and community engagement experts to design cutting edge business strategy.

Lynne will also share her new circular leadership system together with her ‘Me, We, Us’ philosophy, the basis of her new book, The POD (Power on Demand) Effect. Lynne believes that using traditional story telling methods combined with modern technology, is creating awareness of positive change on a personal, community and societal level that resonates on a national and global level.


Mark Drewell: Creating relevant and profitable organisations fit for the 21st Century - insights from a global inquiry into purpose driven business

Mark DrewellPercival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Ambleside, LA22 9BB 
Tuesday 12 April 2016, 5:30 to 7:30pm 

Mark Drewell spent the past 18 months conducting a global inquiry amongst executives and thought leaders from businesses around the world on what is coming next - purpose led business.He will share insight from this inquiry in which it was clear that very few organisations successful in the 20th century believe they are set to thrive over the long run in the 21st Century. And that the challenge to work out what to do about it is engaging senior leaders everywhere.  

Mark Drewell MA (Oxon) FRSA is a global thought and practice leader at the interface between business and society. He is a Senior partner in the Stockholm-based ForeSight Group, he is also the former Chief Executive and Chair of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, a global coalition of 100 companies and business schools developing the next generation of globally responsible business leaders. Mark spent 20 years in South Africa where for a decade he was the head of Corporate Affairs for Barloworld and has extensive business experience as a change agent and catalyst for responsible business. He lives in the UK and serves on the advisory boards of the Institute For Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria as well as the Business School of Lausanne in Switzerland and the Wuppertal Institute’s climate and renewable energy initiative in Berlin.


Andrea Cooper: The power of sport to make a positive contribution to the world Andreaphoto

Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Ambleside LA22 9BB 
Tuesday 17 May 2016, 5:30 to 7:30pm 

Liverpool FC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club - one of the world’s largest football teams.

Andrea will share her views on how LFC and sport more widely can make a positive contribution to communities, and how she is progressing that opportunity in her role as Head of the LFC Foundation.  Andrea joined Liverpool FC Foundation in 2014 bringing a wealth of charity and community experience. 

Andrea was brought up in Liverpool and has operated as a trustee on three charities including six years with Street League. Before joining Liverpool FC Foundation, Andrea was Chief Executive of UpRising - a youth leadership development organisation, and has other business and operational experience including work on various major projects at the BBC. Andrea has overall responsibility for all aspects of the Liverpool FC Foundation including the strategic direction, operations and fundraising.   


Erica Martin: International labour standards and the promotion of sustainable global supply chains

Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Ambleside LA22 9BB Erica Martin
Tuesday 21 June 2016, 5:30 to 7:30pm 

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights describe the responsibility of business enterprises to respect internationally recognized human rights, which include at a minimum the principles concerning fundamental rights set out in the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. 

The talk will examine the fundamental principles and rights at work (the eradication of child labour, the elimination of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and freedom of association), and the tripartite development of international labour standards. It will explore the implications of these standards for business and their role in corporate social responsibility initiatives, as well as the increase of labour clauses in trade agreements and the impact of these provisions on enterprises and workers.

Erica Martin is a lawyer specializing in international labour standards. She has worked at the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations agency focused on the world of work, since 2009. Originally from Canada, she is currently based at ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and her advisory work has taken her all over the world. Her work focuses on the international legal instruments related to child labour, forced labour, labour inspection and occupational safety and health, with a focus on special complaints procedures.


To book a place on any of these free Open Lectures, please contact us with your name and company/organisation details to iflas@cumbria.ac.uk 
All attendees will be added to our database for future events unless you state otherwise.

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