Building “Antifragile” SMEs: Innovation & sustainability beyond resilience

12th May 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
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Join our workshop & learn how to make your business more than just resilient to shocks – learn how to become strong and thrive through them

About this Event

What is more future-fit than a business which is resilient to shocks? One that goes beyond resilience; one that is “antifragile”.

According to statistician and former risk analyst Nassim Taleb, fragile things break under volatility, while things that are “antifragile” get better and better. Rather than simply being resilient by withstanding external shocks, antifragile businesses thrive under volatility. Given the rapid social and ecological changes happening around us – coronavirus, climate change, Brexit and digital disruption – how can your business cultivate antifragility? How can it continuously innovate for the long-term amidst uncertainty – to create social, environmental, and financial value?

In this online workshop, we will:

  • Explore what antifragility means for you and your organisation
  • Learn how to unlock innovative mindsets and capabilities needed for your organisation to become antifragile, based on pioneering ideas emerging from prestigious academic institutions like Oxford and Harvard University
  • Share knowledge and network with other sustainable business leaders


10:00 Part 1: Primer on Antifragility

  • Introduction to facilitators and participants
  • Antifragility: The business and moral case for antifragile institutions
  • Overview: What does an antifragile company look like?

10:20 Part 2: Interactive Case Study on Antifragility

  • A case study in a company’s journey toward antifragility

10:35 Coffee/Tea Break (5 minutes)

10:40 Part 3: Individual Projects

  • Choose an aspect of your company that is “fragile” that you want to shift toward “antifragile”
  • Peer-to-peer coaching in breakout groups: How to innovate for this shift at your company?

11:10 Part 4: Synthesis & Conclusion

  • Share and synthesize insights on how to shift toward antifragility
  • More about Lively Worlds, including further antifragility offerings

11:30 Part 5: Q&A (Optional)

Please note that the workshop is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) and is delivered with the support of phase 2 of the Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme to help small businesses.

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12th May 2020
11:00 am - 12:45 pm
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