International Conference – Leadership, Ethics & Working with Unknowing

Stephen Fear has been invited to speak at the International Conference – “Leadership, Ethics & Working with Unknowing”, taking place on 10th and 11th March 2017, which is a collaboration between Bristol Leadership Centre (University of the West of England, Bristol), Crossfields Institute (UK), and the Alanus University, Germany.

Below are the details of the conference, please click here to see the original conference information page on University of the West of England (UWE) website.


Bristol Leadership and Change Centre: International Conference – Leadership, Ethics & Working with Unknowing

Conference theme

The focus on ethical values in leadership has been sharpened through a string of recent world events, and it seems that the need for truly ethical leadership has never been greater.

Yet in what do genuine ethical values really lie? Is ethical leadership can cultivate? And can ethical values be instilled into organisational culture in such a way that it is both evolving and sustainable? This conference sets out to encourage inquiry and stimulate debate on these questions.

We will address the theme from a range of perspectives and we will specifically consider the importance of working creatively with unknowing. Here, the idea is that ethical inspiration and ethical action can arise as much out of states of openness and emptiness as it can out of solution-focused effort. The poet John Keats called this ’negative capability’ and we will be examining what this means and what its relevance for ethical leadership practice might be.

The conference offers contributions from scholars in the field and practicing leaders in a blend of key-note presentations and interactive workshops. The conference is for leaders, managers, academics, students, philosophers and anyone else interested in the practice of ethical leadership today.


  • Professor Dr. Marcelo da Veiga (Alanus University)
  • Dr Robert French (UWE Bristol)
  • Dr Peter Simpson (UWE Bristol)
  • Dr Warwick Fox. (Professor Emeritus, University of Central Lancashire)
  • Dr Eve Pool (Ashridge)
  • Professor Peter Case (UWE Bristol)
  • Simon Bazalgette (CEO, the Jockey Club)
  • Professor Brad Jackson (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Dr Stephen Fear (Chairman, Fear Group)

This conference is a collaboration between Bristol Leadership Centre (UWE Bristol), the Institute of Philosophy and Aesthetics (Alanus University, Germany), and Crossfields Institute (UK).

The conference is free, but there is a £20 charge to cover costs of food and refreshments. This includes two light meals (Friday dinner and Saturday lunch) and teas and coffees.

Early booking via Eventbrite is essential as spaces are limited.


Please click here to see the original conference information page on University of the West of England (UWE) website.

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