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.
We are fellow travellers on a journey to discover new ways of working, living and organising that put humanity and planet above profit and growth.
2016 was Meaning’s fifth edition. Our guest director and host was the journalist and broadcaster Paul Mason. In collaboration with the Meaning team he curated a programme of speakers, panelists and guests who inspired us with stories, empowered us with self-belief, armed us with practicalities and blew our minds with ideas. They are the pioneers, bringing ideas from the edges, to create change at the heart of business. Videos of all the talks are available via our YouTube channel.
Tickets are now on sale for Meaning 2017 which will happen in Brighton, UK on 16 November 2017. Join us!
In addition to the main speaker programme for Meaning 2016, there were many smaller, more intimate sessions, running throughout the day. These provided an opportunity to explore some of Meaning’s key themes in an interactive way.
"Blown away by everything @MeaningConf today at Brighton Dome"Janet Gordon @BlueStarfishLtd
"One day there will be a #postcapitalist themed Davos. In the interim we have #MeaningConf"Paul Mason @paulmasonnews
"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
"Now begins the processing! What a day! Thank you @MeaningConf - see you again in 2016! #MeaningConf"Katherine Moseley @_charliemoseley
"Truly honoured to be part of #MeaningConf with so many amazing people, stories & ambitions, excited about next year!! Thank you @MeaningConf"Julia Rebholz @JuliaRebholz
Meaning connects and inspires a community of people who believe in better business. It happens every November in Brighton, UK.
The event was founded in 2012 as an annual gathering point for forward-thinking people who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. Since then Meaning has continued to grow in size and momentum.
Our venue sets the scene perfectly: the historic Dome & 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.
At Meaning, in between inspiring talks, there are opportunities to reflect and digest what you’ve heard. Workshops and interactive sessions run throughout the day. And our café is open all day for connecting and collaborating with other Meaning participants.
There’s coffee and top quality biscuits during the breaks. And for lunch we share a really lovely vegetarian meal.
Meaning takes place at Brighton’s beautiful and historic Dome & Corn Exchange, right in the heart of the city’s bustling North Laine.
For carers of pre-school children, our friends at Officrèche offer free off-site childcare.
This year there were several Meaning Fringe events happening on the days either side of the conference. Find out more here.
Brighton Dome & Corn Exchange
Church Street, Brighton, UK
There are regular trains to Brighton from London and along the south coast. The Dome is 10 minutes’ downhill walk (or a short taxi ride) from Brighton railway station.
If you’re driving to Meaning, you can arrange to car-share via EventCarShare.com. Use the event code ‘1642’ to offer or find a lift.
Parking can be tricky and expensive in Brighton. Your nearest option is to use the Brighton Theatre NCP on Church Street. Ask staff at the conference venue for a discount card before you leave at the end of the day.
We’re passionate about including the next generation of thinkers and do-ers in the Meaning community. So this year we asked our generous partner organisations to support subsidised tickets for students.
And we teamed up with Sussex University and Brighton University to encourage more young people to take advantage of the low cost tickets.
It’s good for all of us if Meaning is rich with diverse ideas, experiences and perspectives. So if you’d like to support this initiative in the future please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeling generous? Want to sponsor a place for someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it? Brilliant.
Buy a Gift Ticket for someone you love, or leave the name blank and we’ll allocate it for you to a small charity or social business.
We believe Meaning has a positive impact in the world - bringing people together to deal with the things that really matter.
But we also know that events like ours have the potential to bring a negative impact on resources, waste and energy consumption. That’s why we’re working with Brighton consultancy Creative Bloom to make smarter decisions about the sustainability of Meaning.
You can read more details about our policy and plans via the blog.
We’re minimising our use of printed materials. We’re reusing banners and stage setting from previous events. We’re providing a vegetarian lunch using non-disposable plates, cutlery and cups.
Along with Creative Bloom, our hosts Brighton Dome and our caterer The Secret Restaurant are all making smart choices about where they source ingredients and how they use packaging. Surplus food will be donated to the Real Junk Food Project.
We’re asking you to think carefully about how you travel to Meaning, and the decisions you make during your time in Brighton. We have some recommendations for you on where to eat, drink and stay during your time in Brighton.