Meaning conference

Meaning is the annual gathering for people who believe business can and must be a force for positive change in our dynamic and volatile world.

At Meaning you’ll connect with people who feel the same. Together, you’ll be inspired by pioneers who are doing things differently and with ideas from the edges.

Our speakers are international thinkers and doers from business, academia and activism, each bringing an individual perspective on the challenges and opportunities we face.

Miriam Turner
Interface Inc.
2015 talk video

James Vaccaro
Triodos Bank
2015 talk video

Jos de Blok
2015 talk video

Julia Rebholz
2015 talk video

Jaideep Prabhu
Cambridge University
2015 talk video

Jackie Lynton
NHS Horizons
2015 talk video

Annette Mees
2015 talk video

Marcus Coates
2015 talk video

Kevin McCoy
Next Jump
2015 panel debate video

Dave Boyle
Community ownership
2015 panel debate video

Carole Leslie
Employee ownership specialist
2015 panel debate video

Jack Hubbard
2015 panel debate video

  • "Blown away by everything @MeaningConf today at Brighton Dome"

    Janet Gordon @BlueStarfishLtd
  • "Wow. What an amazing day @MeaningConf - my brain is now full. Of stuff."

    Reuben Turner @reubenturner
  • "Changing how I view what makes an organisation truly meaningful after my time @MeaningConf - improving my consulting work +++"

    Jerry Holtoway @DrMeaningful
  • "As always a super-inspiring day at #meaningconf. Hats off to @nixonmcinnes team. As @neilmullarkey said, 'Glastonbury of business' indeed!"

    Anjali Ramachandran @anjali28
  • "Never cried actual salty, snotty tears at a conference before but #MeaningConf (specifically @suntui & her horse-healed war vets) broke me."

    Emmie Spencer @emmiespencer
  • "Had great day at #MeaningConf, great quality content all day, tasty food, useful workshops & interesting conversations - now to take actions."

    Peter O'Neill @peter_oneill
  • "Such an amazing day at #meaningconf, cannot wait until next years AND doing something..... #allnewideas."

    Amanda Munday @Amandajmunday


Since 2012, Meaning has provided an annual gathering for smart people wanting to change the world of business for the better.

At Meaning, there’s an atmosphere of shared visions and of open-minded camaraderie. There is discussion, there is challenge and there is joy.

Between inspiring talks, there are chances to reflect and digest what you’ve heard. Allegiances are formed and world-altering plans are hatched over coffee.

Our venue sets the scene perfectly: the historic Corn Exchange in the forward-looking city of Brighton. And we believe the best ideas should be discussed over a good meal, so at Meaning, we share a hearty lunch of wonderful food.

You access all the Meaning conference talks via our YouTube channel or visit the websites for Meaning 2012, Meaning 2013 and Meaning 2014.


  • Post-growth economics
  • Beyond sustainability
  • Reinventing organisations
  • Harnessing the community
  • 21st century leadership
  • The future of work
  • Transformative creativity & innovation
  • Self-development

Watch some of our favourite talks from previous years...

Visit our YouTube channel
  • Alexander Kjerulf

    Happiness at work
  • Caroline Lucas

    When is enough enough?
  • Mark Stevenson

    Optimist on tour
  • Dr Sue Black

    Technology for change
  • Ben Dyson

    Positive money
  • Pam Warhurst

    Incredible edible Todmorden
  • Rick Falkvinge

    How to start a revolution


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