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Anthony Collins Solicitors, 134 Edmund Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2ES, United Kingdom
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The Quaker business method: How it works and Why it works?

Presenter: Peter Cheng  - Professor of Cognitive Sciences (Informatics), University of Sussex

Synopsis:

In this in-depth presentation, Professor Peter Cheng examines the fundamental elements of the Quaker Business Method and deploys theories from cognitive science to explain why this decision-making method may produce better and more ethical decisions.  Peter has been conducting internationally recognized research on the nature of human thinking and learning for three decades.

Time: 14:00 Registration and refreshments (for 14:30 start)

End: 16:00

Who is it for:

Anyone responsible for ensuring effective collective decision making.

This will include: 

  • Charity Trustees, Chairs, Chief Executives and Senior Managers
  • Decision Makers, Business Leaders, Transformation Managers and Agile Coaches

Event detail: 

The Cadburys and other Quaker industrialists helped shape Birmingham and the West Midlands.  The Cadbury factory is no longer Quaker owned but the region still hosts many organisations which combine the pursuit of profit with wider social aims. In this in-depth presentation, Professor Peter Cheng describes the fundamental elements of the Quaker Business Method and deploys theories from cognitive science to explain why this decision-making method may produce better and more ethical decisions.  Peter will guide participants through the application of these practices and tools with an explanation of the science behind their benefits. 

Drawing on Quaker Faith and Practice (the Society of Friends' book of discipline), Peter presents the Quaker Business Method as a dozen practical “tools”, which can be applied to any decision-making meeting.  He then goes on to explore how we might determine whether these tools – and the Quaker Business Method as a whole - leads to more ethical decisions.

About Peter:

Peter has been conducting internationally recognized research on the nature of human thinking and learning for three decades. Peter’s particular passion is to apply ideas from cognitive science to improve how we think and learn; across work, educational, social and leisure settings.

In his work life, Peter conducts research and teaches in cognitive science at the University of Sussex, where he is Professor of Cognitive Science.  His particular area of expertise is in higher forms of cognition, including problem-solving, complex decision making, creativity and conceptual learning. He has received UK government funding (EPSRC, ESRC) to develop novel decision support systems for information-intensive tasks and to develop tutoring systems for science and math education.  His 80+ research papers appear in leading international academic journals.

Peter attends Quaker Meetings in the Sussex West Area, and for Quaker Peace and Social Witness he serves on the steering committee of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine-Israel.   

Booking your place:-

Places are limited and while there is no charge, booking is required.  

To book your place, email Ulrika Froberg at ulrika.froberg@anthonycollins.com giving your name and any mobility or dietary requirements you may have. For further enquiries on logistics, Ulrika can be telephoned directly on 0121 214 3657