Most of our organisations are still using approaches devised in the early 19th century: hierarchy, command and control, get ahead by doing what you’re told.

One thing is certain: the way our organisations currently work doesn’t work. Average life expectancy of an S&P 500 company has fallen from 90 years in 1935 to 18 years today. Most companies plod on regardless – but there is a growing movement of thinkers who are tearing up the workplace orthodoxies: some are exploring the possibilities for completely self-managed organisations, others are rethinking the nature of the organisation from a digital-first perspective…

Join our team of expert entrepreneurs for a rapid fire trip through the different ways change can work for you, and learn from the people who are doing it – simply by changing the conversation. And change starts here, with a series of fifteen-minute radical insights into what’s happening at the cutting edge of organisational transformation. Not theory, not utopia, but lessons about what works and what doesn’t in an age of fast-forward evolution.

If you care about the future of work, it’s one not to miss.


In association with Will & Progress.



Karen Rivoire

Unilever's shift to being a purposeful organisation

Karen Rivoire

Karen is passionate about aligning employee experience and company purpose to solve complex business challenges. She’s spent 26 years in world-class organisations in country, regional, global & C suite roles in France & UK.


She was pivotal in Unilever’s transition to a purpose-led business focussing on values, teams and resilience. Designing new talent forums, leading a transformation program to grow Unilever’s biggest brand and developing partnerships with One Young World and The Future of Work. Then Karen transformed Thai Union into a values-driven organisation taking responsibility as Group HRD for strategy, communication and sustainability in close collaboration with the board.


Now she advises business leaders, runs a young leader event at her son’s school mentors at Microsoft Accelerator and advises various tech Founders on people powered transformation.

Erik Rodin

Making huge organisations more responsive

Erik Rodin

Erik is a Brazilian born Norwegian with a playful mix of left and right brain capabilities. Growing up, he was the annoying kid that always asked lots of questions. Having lived in four different countries by the age of 9, a curiosity about people and cultures was sparked at an early age.


Later in life, this curiosity about people led him into innovation. Prior to joining August he worked at a leading innovation consultancy, What If Innovation, working on global projects for companies like Lloyd’s Banking Group, Pernod Ricard, and IKEA.


He also set up digital education company Hyper Island’s London office, where he was in charge of running their leadership level MA in Digital Management as well as designing and delivering digital and cultural transformation projects for clients like Moët Hennessy, Nielsen, and ITV. During his time there he also co-designed the Digital Transformation module for HEC’s Executive MBA in Paris.

Avida Hancock

The future of organisations with machines

Avida Hancock

Avida works at Satalia, a company without managers or administrators, known as thought-leaders in the world of artificial intelligence, data-science and organisational design.


Avida is an entrepreneur who has been developing non-hierarchical organisational structures for the last 8 years. Working with a team across 5 countries, she turns Satalia’s advanced technological competencies inward to enable transparent, agile and collaborative processes. Avida is driven to create a new operating system for organisations. She believes that data science and artificial intelligence will replace managers and information hierarchies, producing a new kind of decentralised, protean and purposeful company. She believes that humans must find a new and coherent philosophy of life to find their place in the evolutionary process.


Lee Byrant

Digital Transformation

Lee Byrant

Lee Bryant is passionate about using social technology to put humans front and centre of the way we do things in the Twenty-First Century. He believes social networks, not bureaucracies, are the organising principle of the current era, and is excited about further exploring new forms of highly connected organisations.


After running a web agency focused on knowledge sharing for 6 years, he co-founded Headshift in 2002 to investigate new uses for social technology inside companies and organisations. Headshift became a leading international social business consultancy and was acquired by Dachis Group in 2009. Lee was joint MD of Dachis Group Europe from 2009 until June 2013, when he left to co-found his new venture Post*Shift. An accomplished speaker, Lee has delivered many keynotes, workshops and talks around the world at conferences, events and private corporate events.


Andrew Ormerod

Holacracy - is it fit for humans?'

Andrew Ormerod

Through a series of accidents, Andrew has become part of the future of work movement and found a job that he loves – helping other people love more about their jobs!


He works at GrantTree, an innovation funding agency with 33 employees and a turnover of £3M. GrantTree is a self-managing business using Holacracy. The job title he uses for occasions like this is “Operations Director” – although to be more precise he holds roles in Holacracy support, recruitment, and learning and development. Prior to his time at GrantTree, he was Director of Services at a healthcare comms agency, and before that a freelance project manager in the creative industries.


Andrew describes himself as an operations and people person. He believes that all too often it’s the way that our organisations are structured that makes us unhappy at work, and he considers himself lucky to be part of building a more open, compassionate company culture where working becomes a source of joy.


David Willans


David Willans

David always been fascinated by culture and behaviour for as long as he can remember. Especially how to influence that for the better. This fascination took his career into researching and practicing attitude and behaviour change for sustainability. Doing this work saw him advising Number 10 on climate change communications, developing campaigns with Greenpeace and developing programmes for huge brands like Unilever, BUPA and L’Oréal.


While rewarding, this work made him understand the power of culture, identity and social systems in creating change. He shifted focus to work on brand strategy and organisational culture – the core of organisational identity. He led OgilvyEarth, a specialist practice inside the global Ogilvy machine dedicated to brand purpose. Now he runs Will&Progress, helping organisations get the clarity and alignment needed to build strong brands and cultures from the inside out. He’s done this work for huge businesses like TripAdvisor and O2, and ventured-backed start ups.


He also runs Being Dads, exploring what it means to be a dad and how to be a better one.



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