Peter Matthies

Conscious Business Institute

Peter Matthies of Santa Barbara believes that everyone in the western world should be happy with their jobs. Moreover, Matthies thinks it is possible. He fervently believes in a world in which the masses take pride in their labor and even the largest, most powerful corporations are warm and inspirational places for employees to work throughout their lives.

Earlier this year Matthies established the Conscious Business Institute to advertise these beliefs and to promote personal fulfillment, authenticity, and truth-telling in the corporate workplace. “I’m trying to encourage business leaders to become conscious of what impact they have on the environment,” said Matthies. “I want to make them think about what resources they’re using, how they’re affecting society, and how their employees feel about it.” To evaluate the state of a business, Matthies visits the workplace and asks the bosses as well as their employees a repertoire of questions. Matthies has consulted scores of companies around the world in this manner, and he reported strikingly similar findings. “Basically, 90 percent of all people have emotionally checked out of their jobs.” On April 5 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library, Matthies will give a free evening conversation detailing his beliefs and his mission to boost the spirits of workers all across the globe. “We’re going to be talking about people’s desires on a personal level, but we’ll address it in the context of the workplace since that’s where people spend so much of their time today.”

Alongside Matthies will be the renowned spiritual channeler Jennie Marlow from Boone­ville, California. Marlow will take questions from the audience and in turn relay these queries to her spirit guides who will give their advice for business owners and workers who are seeking a new paradigm for how business is done. “We’re not changing the world,” conceded Matthies. “We’re just saying we can either do business the old way where everyone is greed-driven and scared, or we can do business the new way, where people are doing what they love. That’s when people are real, when the sparks fly. I get a kick out of seeing it happen.”

4·1·1 Take part in the discussion on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:45 p.m. at the Karpeles Library.

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