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Decision Making Structure of The Evolutionary Business Council (EBC) & Evolutionary Business Institute (EBI)

The EBC operates from a model of believing that impact, abundance, affluence and influence go hand-in-hand. We are a for-profit, for-influence organization committed to creating a conscious sustainable generative world. In the words of EBC Founding & EBC Wisdom Council member Lisa Minnini, we are a “contribution conscious for-profit company.” We stand for increasing the profit and influence of our members and as such, are open to receiving our own profit and influence.

EBC Structural Element

How we are similar to a Not-For-Profit How we differ from a Not-For-Profit
Ownership

Membership dues are entirely used for the  administration of the organization. Administrative costs include Website maintenance, compensation to staff and contractors hired to administer the EBC, travel expenses, marketing and other routine business expenses.
Appointed EBC Board members do not receive payment or ownership for being on The Board

The EBC & EBI are wholly owned by Evolutionary Business Council Pty Ltd., owned by Teresa de Grosbois, Susie Carder and Pam Bayne.
Decision Making Structure Policy for the EBC/EBI is set by the elected EBC Board of Advisors.

To stand for election for the EBC Board, a member must meet the minimum criteria to be a Board member. New Board Members are elected by existing members of the Wisdom Council and EBC Board. The Board is composed of 6 elected members, on three-year terms, and one permanent CEO position held by Teresa de Grosbois. The CEO position does not vote on decisions unless a tie-breaker is needed in voting.

The Vision, Mission and Goal are set by the EBC Wisdom Council, which is made up of past Board members. Our wisdom council continues to support and act in leadership for the EBC.

Reliance on Consensus  Building and Board Policy Where policy exists for the running of the EBC, the staff follows that policy.

To avoid getting bogged down in consensus building or the delays resulting from the debate over policy, the EBC has two structures in place

1.A Wisdom Council, made up of past Board Members can be called upon to make the policy decision when the Board is stalled or in conflict of interest in making the decision;

2. In the event that a policy on a specific element does not yet exist, the EBC Staff makes the best decision available based on their judgement, until such time as a policy can be created. This is typically done in consultation with a committee or representative of the Board.

 Conflict of Interest

Staff, contractors and anyone in a leadership role in the EBC must adhere to EBC’s Conflict of Interest Guideline.

The owner of the EBC, as well as the EBC & EBI members, are allowed to personally benefit from the existence of the EBC/EBI in the use and exchange of the influence that belonging and participating in the EBC Community brings. Wisdom Council, Board members and senior members are also given incentives and discounts on attending live events as a thank-you for their service.

Last updated 30 September 2021

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