Four years ago those very nice people at the Institute of Directors gave me some complimentary tickets to their Annual Conference at the Royal Albert Hall. We listened to a lot of awfully clever businessmen – including the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Stuart Rose (then Chief Exec of M&S) – talking about the economy and ‘serious’ business themes, along with our very own pinstripe Dragon Peter Jones making jokes about buying a Ferrari…
And then Tim Smit came on stage, wearing jeans and a denim shirt, took off his navy pinstripe jacket, left it on the side of the stage and proceeded to blow the entire audience away with his story about how he created Cornwall’s ‘The Eden Project’.
A social enterprise created from nothing more than a vision and a disused quarry, which has since become one of the UK’s biggest tourist attractions creating much wealth for the Cornish people and many local enterprises.
In business terms it was the equivalent of seeing Elvis perform for the very first time – and I KNEW in my heart what we were seeing was the possibility of a fresh new future for business.
A future where business success is not measured by stock market value or interim profits or how flashy your car is. A future of business based on working from passion and out of desire to serve others, business which creates value for every single person it touches.
A future of ‘we-first’ not ‘me-first’ – where collaboration is more important than competition.
It’s taken me three years of begging, cajoling and generally being like a fly-round-a-cow’s-arsehole to finally get Tim to speak – now of course ‘Sir Tim’ – and I am delighted and very proud to let you know that he is our keynote speaker at the ‘Prosperity 2013’ event on Tuesday 23 April at The Tate Modern.
I do hope that you will join me, along with over 200 other ‘Conscious Entrepreneurs’, as we paint a vision for a bright new future of business which can emerge from the current breakdown of the old order.
Once again I will be exhibiting at the fabulous Business Show at London’s Excel on 17 & 18 May where I will also be launching my new 28 day video programme + workbook Business Alchemy – specifically designed to give you the tools to transform your financial fortunes – even from a place of total money meltdown! More details on that to follow soon…
I’ll also be talking Business Alchemy in Keynote Hall 2 at 11.45am on Friday 18th if you would like to come and hear me for free – it’s specifically aimed at helping you get out of a money rut and into flow again.
This week found us at the launch of Glastonbury Global Radiowhere Barefoot Doctor and I have a new show ‘Barefoot and The Dragon’ playing out across the airwaves as from next Monday.
We’ve just recorded our first episode – a metaphysical take on global events with a bit of fun thrown in…
It’s ultra-exciting as Glastonbury Radio has just been taken over by a Hollywood syndicate of investors with the plan to create a multi-media channel broadcasting metaphysical themes worldwide – with a whole host of A-list celebrities joining the station.
I’m delighted to announce the latest experience I am involved in – creating ‘The Big Om’ at Wembley Arena on 12.12.12.
This mass sound healing event is being lead by Barefoot Doctor and you can get involved with the crowdfunding initiative for which you’ll receive a generous allocation of priority front of arena tickets.