Founder of Moonlight Cinema James Tutton tells all about his entrepreneurial experiences and latest ventures. he has bought a part interest in the design-driven property company Neometro – where he is currently a director. Apart from being a successful entrepreneur James has a deep social conscience having championed Neometro’s social ventures- 3000acres, Slopes and Open Journal. His latest venture is Smiling Mind, a meditation app and online resource for young people.
In the book ‘The Icarus Deception’ Seth Godin lays the groundwork and sounds a clarion call for an inevitable shift from the industrial economy to what he refers to as ‘The Connection Economy”.
Mindfulness in business has proven to be of benefit in both traditional and non-traditional workplaces. But how would self-awareness, a calmer disposition and a clear undistracted mind affect productivity, creativity and idea generation? Well-known companies such as Telstra, Google, Apple, Deutsche Bank and Procter and Gamble have implemented mindfulness programs for their employees. Mindfulness enhances intelligence, self-awareness and the ability to manage yourself and is perfect for the workplace. Mindfulness in business is invaluable particularly when new or extra pressures are being applied during a business, career or life transition.
The legacy of left-brain dominance in business is prevalent: engineers, lawyers, consultants overly depend on processes, frameworks and automation. This marriage of facts and data, this focus on detail and analytics results in a dearth in right brain experiences such as empathy, creativity, story telling and the experience of Flow. How can businesses embrace the right brain and create art? Clare’s jam is all about teaching creative people about business, and business people about creativity, in ways that make sense.
We all have ideas – businesses we want to build, books/songs/blogs we want to write, that app/website that is going to change the world. But very few of us do what it takes to bring those ideas to fruition. There are constant roadblocks, doubts – what Steven Pressfield calls the ‘dragon of resistance’. What does it take to execute an idea? What are the combination of attributes? What are the raw materials that go into ‘the ideas factory’ that deliver the expected results?
When it comes to having an impact in the broader world it requires having a mind that things a little bit differently, that recognises assumptions and habits. We change the world first by changing ourselves. Security, safety, comfort – we evolved to seek these out. The industrial economy fostered these traits: go to school, go to uni, get a job. Efficiency, productivity, profit being the mantra. The things that you are passionate about relegated to an after hours hobby – if that. But what would it take to disrupt that, smash the status quo, take the dependable future and break it. What would it mean to bring your individuality to the fore – do what you are passionate about, be your own boss, create art. What would be the consequences? That is what we want to explore.
We love the idea of doing things differently – from small scale innovations that make us more productive, effective or connected, right through to true disrutpion that throws an entire industry on its head. We are very lucky to have the venue owner, the great social entrepreneur Simon Griffiths present at this event. Simon is a co-founder of Who Gives a Crap, a toilet paper brand that donates half its profits to the developing world for imrpoved sanitation (taking on a seriously big problem). As if that wasn’t enough, he founded SheBeen – a bar that is not only top-shelf cool but also donates ALL of its profits to the developing world. We really love how Simon is taking everyday activities and turning them into acts of charity.