Wabi Sabi – Celebrating the Imperfect, Incomplete & Impermanent Nature of Business

Chamber of Beautiful Business

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bakehouse Studios

Co-hosted by Mykel Dixon.

Business has an unhealthy obsession with perfection. 

Our addiction to symmetry and efficiency can be seen in our minute by minute conference agendas, the straight-line designs of our white-walled boardrooms, and the elaborate job titles & jargon we use to make ourselves appear as though we know what we’re doing.

But this fixation for flawlessness drives our behaviour in ways we don’t like to admit.
Fudging numbers & photoshopping flaws, embellishing CVs and breaking laws. From FOMO to machismo to infinite growth. It’s exhausting, ineffective and inhumane.

And the distance between the highlight reel we see online and the reality of our working lives is causing serious harm to our experience of work, of life, and of ourselves.

As we look forward to find answers perhaps we should look back for bearing questions. One place might be the traditional Japanese philosophy of aesthetics – Wabi Sabi.

Wabi Sabi believes that everything is made more beautiful by baring the marks and scars of age and individuality. That repairs and reconstructions are to be appreciated rather than made invisible. That there is peace to be found by embracing the transitory, incomplete and impermanent nature of existence.

Perhaps if we embraced a little Wabi Sabi in our work, we might find greater satisfaction in the more modest moments. More enjoyment in majority of insignificant interactions. And more reverence for the often melancholic nature of our professional lives.

Join a colourful cast of executives, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, artists and philosophers as we attempt to find, nurture & celebrate the Wabi Sabi of our working lives.

Together we’ll learn to turn the mundane into the mysterious, find fortune in fleeing experience, and savour the inevitable mess of making beautiful business.

Food & booze supplied all night.
Speakers & performers announced on the day of the event.
Tickets strictly limited to ensure intimacy & serendipity.