Tiger creates a stir in Liverpool

Monday, 25. March 2013

Trust and Integrity emphasised at TIGERoadshow

Liverpool is the UK’s fastest growing city, home to a vast amount of new investment, and is positively thriving with new business ventures. It is also the home of Hope University which in turn runs the SEED Centre, the Centre for Social and Ethical Enterprise Development.

So it was in the grounds of Liverpool Hope University that an eclectic mix of people and cultures, in tune with the realities of a diversified city, came to listen and debate about new ways of restoring trust and integrity in business, banking and corporate ventures.

To do this the TIGERoadshow brought some big names to the table and some even bigger ideas.

The second speaker was Peter Neville Lewis, the Founder of Principled Consulting, an organization that specialises in mitigating reputational risks for big businesses. He aimed to clear up confusion surrounding terms so often used by businesses, without real understanding, such as Integrity.

As an ‘ethicability’ practitioner, he also presented the audience with data collected through the MoralDNA project. Using this data from online respondents, Lewis proposed correlations between organisational structure and their failings, and personal behaviours. He argued the case against blind obedience and for workplaces where care and reason have a more substantial place—models where sustainability overrides immediate gains. To help with this he presented the audience with a model of self-questioning to be able to do what is right.

The last keynote speaker and host of the day was Revd Tony Bradley, the director of SEED. Bradley argued that the UK’s no-growth, flat-lining economy, far from being a catastrophic scenario, is a reality and one full of prospects and opportunities in a ‘steady state’ economy.

During the day’s breakout sessions speakers and participants mingled in small groups to debate and question, not only the topics brought up by the keynote speakers, but any issues they thought needed discussing.

The diversity of the participants meant that groups could bring their own considerable knowledge and experience to bear, adding depth and making the debates particularly relevant to Liverpool as well as the wider world.

It was clear that the time is ripe to be discussing alternative business models where values, principles and ethics are given back the place they seem to have lost in what is an age of shareholder benefit and profit for profit’s sake.

Peter Davies of Business in the Community commented afterwards: ‘I found the overall atmosphere to be wonderful and really conducive to receiving the information conveyed, with many of the insights being revelatory and stunning.'

Sponsorship for the event included a grant from 'Quakers and Business'.

Photos by Dan Thurgood

Click here to download the full text of Margaret Heffernan's talk to the TIGERoadshow