Facebook Forward: Conscious Capitalists Weigh In on the Social Network Giant

Higher Purpose

By Katina Z. Jones of Round Table Companies

A Note from the Editor: This article is the first in a series of topical commentary pieces where opinions are curated from the Conscious Capitalism community.

Data breaches involving millions of people’s personal information.

Suicides being broadcast live.

Social injustice, captured and shared immediately around the world—bringing immediate outcry and support for the aggrieved.

Hate messages from a terrorist group.

Fake news designed to influence opinions—and possibly votes.

On Facebook, the drama unfolds every second and quickly multiplies—sometimes beyond our human capacity to comprehend its speed.

The social media giant has spearheaded connecting people around the world, but it also raises questions around the boundaries and responsibilities of free speech. A recent Fortune Data Sheet examined “Why Facebook Should Be Liable for What It Publishes,” and the piece raises some interesting questions: How much should be shared? How can we trust what we are reading or sharing? And, most important, who is ultimately responsible for the integrity of content?

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The Gift of a Clear-Eyed Truth Teller

Conscious Leadership

By Geoff Campbell of Round Table Companies

A Note from the Editor: This article is a challenge to our CEO community. How engaged are you in your own transformation as part of your journey to running a conscious company? After you’ve read the article, please let us know what gets in the way of your own commitment to personal development.  

“I’ll never forget this CEO who approached me with a story about his marital difficulties,” explained Rand Stagen, founder of the Stagen Leadership Academy. “He said he knew he needed outside help but couldn’t figure out why the help wasn’t working. He told me, ‘I went to my network and found the best counselor money could buy. Then I sent my wife to the counselor.’”

Stagen, a member of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.’s Board of Directors, who has taken over 1,000 CEOs through the intensive leadership development program he has run for the last two decades, said the anecdote provides a glimpse into the minds of many leaders of huge organizations. Why aren’t there more CEOs of public companies talking about Conscious Capitalist principles? According to Stagen, Fortune 500 CEOs get to where they are by being masters of outsourcing and delegation—but those tactics don’t work when it comes to fixing a marriage or adopting Conscious Leadership to transform an organization. A big part of the Conscious Leadership ethos he teaches is a commitment to playing the long game. “If you can’t commit to the long game, you can’t be in the movement,” he said. “You can’t buy this, you have to earn it.”

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In Search of a Transformational Architect

Conscious Leadership

By Corey Blake and Geoff Campbell of Round Table Companies

A Note from the Editor: This article is a challenge to our consultant contingency to question where they fit and don’t fit amidst the whole of the transformational change process. We also put words to what many of the movement’s business owners are feeling as they determine who they can rely on to shepherd them through the evolution to greater consciousness. After you’ve read the article, please consider the invitation at the end to submit your own viewpoints on this topic for possible publication on the Elevations Blog.

Anne Bennet*, the CEO of a major food manufacturing company, was on fire to make her organization more conscious. She hired a consultant named Benjamin Corby* to help her articulate the firm’s path to purpose.

Benjamin excelled at Conscious Leadership coaching. He was a licensed psychotherapist who had spent two decades expanding his own consciousness as he supported leaders in expanding theirs. Benjamin led Anne and her executive team through purpose work that landed on the heartfelt goal of reducing childhood obesity by removing calories from the company’s products. He then supported the team in learning to listen to each other more deeply, and in sharing each of the personal ties they felt to this emerging company purpose. With Benjamin’s support, the team let go of past resentments and wounds that were still showing up in the workplace, clearing the way for the work they would now undertake together.

Then Benjamin did something courageous. He stepped aside.

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Invitation to Contribute to the Conscious Capitalism Dialogue

Thought leadership has been a cornerstone of the growth of Conscious Capitalism, not only as a philosophy/way of doing business, but also as a community. Going forward, it is imperative that Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI) do more to provide a platform for our incredible community to develop your thought leadership and share it more widely with others. That is why we are taking CCI’s content development program to the next level by opening it up to you for contributions.
We are testing a new series of pieces sourced from the community. If you are pushing into new boundaries in your Conscious Capitalism journey and are willing to capture your experiences in writing, we want to hear from you. If you have a story to share, and you’re willing to invite readers into the highs and lows of what you’ve been through, we would like to consider featuring you.
  • Maybe you’ve recently fired a customer who is not in alignment with your values.
  • Maybe you’ve integrated a new product into your supply chain that resulted from deeper exploration into purpose.
  • Maybe your hiring process has been entirely reinvented around your values.
  • Maybe you recently experienced a conscious sale or merger of your company.
Perhaps you have a perspective on a current event. There is a great deal of commentary about business today, and we want to make sure the views of Conscious Capitalists are included in that commentary. What is a Conscious Capitalist’s take on:
  • Facebook’s protection of data privacy?
  • The Goldman Sachs-World Bank Group fund for women entrepreneurs hitting $1 billion?
  • Major discussion topics at trade or other prominent conferences?
  • Movements in crypto?
  • Something else?
Below you will find instructions for the pitch process. We will be collecting submissions through June 1st. Selected contributors will be notified by June 10th, and asked to prepare a first draft of their piece by June 30th. If you are selected, you will be paired with an editor from our content partner, Round Table Companies, who will help support your contribution to ensure your story has impact.
Thank you in advance for considering sharing what you are learning as you play at the edge of consciousness and business.

BOLD TV to Broadcast Live from CCAC2018


A message from Carrie Sheffield about BOLD TV’s live broadcast from the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference. 

We agree with the premise of Conscious Capitalism that making money is essential for the health of a business, but it’s not the only—or even the most important—reason a business exists. Conscious businesses focus on their purpose beyond profit.

At Bold, we strive our hardest as a digital television network to incorporate the principles of Conscious Capitalism in everything we do. We know that a truly altruistic society is one that creates a long-term, sustainable system for maximizing human happiness through voluntary exchange. And we wouldn’t be where we are today without the extraordinary vision, drive and compassion of Al Roker, whose production team at Al Roker Entertainment brought Bold TV to life. A broadcasting pioneer, Al’s career embodies the values of Conscious Capitalism: Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Leadership and Conscious Culture.

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2018 Heroes of Conscious Capitalism Nominations Open


Last year, we recognized our first class of Heroes of Conscious Capitalism. As we begin considering who to invite to the next class of Heroes, we want to hear from you. If you want to nominate someone to become a Hero of Conscious Capitalism, please fill out this form by March 28th.

Nominate a Hero Today!

CCAC2018 Keynote: Selim Bassoul


Selim A. Bassoul, chairman and chief executive officer of The Middleby Corporation, has been called a titan of industry. He is also a conscious capitalist, and one with a global focus. So it is no wonder that besides helping Middleby outperform the S&P 500, he has also earned the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015 for his philanthropic contributions.

From battling the dangers of civil war while in high school and overcoming ADHD and dyslexia, Selim has also faced and overcome challenges no ordinary CEO typically does. Perhaps this is why his management style is so different, why he is so keenly aware of the difficulties faced by others, and of the importance of helping others too.

Through the Bassoul Dignity Foundation, Selim helps make it the right of every person on this planet to live with dignity. Through compassion, understanding, and innovation, the foundation aims to lift the spirits of those who need it most and empower their lives. See more on how the Bassoul Dignity Foundation helps the displaced and impoverished live with dignity in this video about its refugee support efforts. Then, join us April 30 – May 2 in Dallas for an inspiring three days of elevating humanity through business at the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference.

Women Leaders at CCAC2018


On this International Women’s Day (March 8th) we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. We couldn’t be more proud of the achievements made by the inspiring women who will be speaking at this year’s Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference.

Learn more about these women and their role in advancing the Conscious Capitalism movement in their bios below and then join us for what will be a celebration of not only their accomplishments but also of all people dedicated to elevating humanity through business in Dallas, Texas, April 30 through May 2 for the largest gathering of Conscious Capitalists yet!

Suzy Batiz, Founder and CEO, Poo-Pourri

Carrie Freeman Parsons, Vice Chair, Freeman

Rachel Hurt, Author, Conscious Capitalist

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and Chief Executive, Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism

Kristen Hadeed, Founder, Student Maid

Michelle Kinder, Executive Director, Momentous Institute



Want to Change the World…and Have Fun?

Higher Purpose
Serial entrepreneur Miki Agrawal says you should start a business

By Geoff Campbell and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies


“I would never start a non-profit,” Miki Agrawal says. “It would be boring for me, to be honest. There’s no incentive to keep driving and wracking your brain on how you’re going to crack the code.”

In Agrawal’s eyes, as for all Conscious Capitalists, for-profit means for the greater good. Her companies Thinx, Icon, and Tushy help refine hygiene and personal care for users by offering affordable and innovative ways to deal with menstruation, incontinence, and hygiene. Thinx also helps get feminine hygiene products to women in Africa, while Tushy is involved with sanitation initiatives in India.

For Agrawal, creating a conscious business is the best path to changing the world, disrupting norms, and having fun while getting the job done. But making a difference doesn’t always start with a grand vision. For Agrawal, Thinx started with a three-legged race. In 2005, Agrawal and her twin sister were at a family barbecue, winning a race and intent on getting those coveted bragging rights, when Agrawal’s sister got her period. The two of them finished the event and then dashed together to the bathroom to handle the issue.

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CCAC2018 Keynote: Carrie Freeman Parsons


Freeman Co. is the world’s largest brand experience company. This year’s Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference will be the largest gathering of purpose-driven business leaders in the world. So, nobody more appropriate to talk about how to grow engaging experiences with the organizational brand dedicated to elevating humanity through business than the vice chair of Freeman Co., Carrie Freeman Parsons.

It also helps that Carrie is a Conscious Capitalism, Inc. board member emeritus, who has tons of insights and lessons learned from managing dramatic growth inside a purpose-driven company to share with the community. Learn more about Carrie and the family business started by her grandfather 90 years ago, and how she’s baked Conscious Capitalism into their culture when they started to transform a $1 billion trade show company into the $3 billion global brand experience firm they are today. Then, make plans to join us in Dallas April 30 through May 2 for the best Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference yet!