Presentations

Economic Actors and the Ultimate Goal of the Economy

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on „Economic Actors and the Ultimate Goal of the Economy” at the Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford on July 7-8, 2017. He argued that mainstream economics employs a rather simplified picture of economic systems. Economic actors are grouped into three categories, namely individuals/households, firms, and the state. Among these actors only monetized transactions are considered. The ultimate goal of the economy is defined as maximization of individual income or financial wealth.  

Science and Ethics

Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on Science and Ethics on June 23, 2017 in Budapest at Karoli Gaspar University. He argued that today’s science is captured by big business and commercial interests often distort the search for the truth. Cases of distortions are (i) presenting something which is untrue, (ii) rejecting something which is true, (iii) wrongly defining research problems, and (iv) developing biased research agendas. Solutions include independent, concerned and reflective scholarship open to spiritual values.

Business Ethics for the Anthropocene

On May 29, 2017 Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on business ethics in the Athropocene at the Technical University of Munich. His main propositions were as follows: (1) The currently unsustainable state of the Earth is largely due to the  activities of business, so reconsidering the role of business in society and nature is unavoidable. (2) Without transforming business into a progressive social institution, which respects nature, future generations and the common good of society there is no chance of creating a sustainable Earth.

Blackfriars, Oxford

On May 4, 2017 Peter Rona and Laszlo Zsolnai presented their book on Economics as a Moral Science at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. The presentation was introduced by Richard Finn, OP, the Director of Las Casas Institute for Social Justice.

Sustainable Business Models

Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on  “New Business Models for Future Earth” in a kick-off seminar at the NHH Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen on March 14, 2017.  It was the start of a 2 year research program on Sustainable Business Models in which ESADE Business School Barcelona, Copenhagen Business School and Corvinus University collaborate with NHH.

 

Alternative Development for India and for the Rest of the World

The Center for Ethics of University of Antwerp and the European SPES Institute organized a European SPES workshop at the Antwerp Management School on December 17, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium.  At the workshop Laszlo Zsolnai presented the book Ethical Leadership: Indian and European Spiritual Approaches (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016). He argued that alternative development models are needed for India and the rest of the world. India and Europe should embrace their own noble traditions and seek to cross-fertilize one another to foster a state of sustainability, peace and well-being. The key is to overcome the pre-existing dominantly materialistic value orientation of society and the ego-centeredness of individuals and thereby come closer to a state of transcendence and oneness.

Business Ethics for the Anthropocene

With Knut Ims (Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen) and Antonio Tencati (University of Brescia and Bocconi University Milan) Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on Business Ethics for the Anthropocene in the 9th TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference in September 28 - October 1 at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The paper argues that the currently unsustainable state of the Earth (rightly called the “Athropocene”) is largely due to business, so reconsidering the role of business in society and nature is unavoidable. Without transforming business into a progressive social institution which respects nature, future generations and the common good of society there will be no chance of creating a Sustainable Earth.

Finance Norway and Future Earth Norway

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on the Future Earth’s Finance and Economics Knowledge-Action Network at a roundtable meeting organized by Finance Norway and Future Earth Norway on May 30, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. He presented the main propositions and value-basis of the Future Earth Finance and Economics program and emphasized the importance of reinventing business models for serving the commonwealth of life on Earth. (See link)

Integral Ecology, Frugality and the Intrinsic Value of Nature

Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on Integral Ecology, Frugality and the Intrinsic Value of Nature in the Annual European SPES Conference “Integral Ecology, Earth Spirituality and Economics” in May 27-29, 2016 at the University of Nordland, in Bodo, Norway. He presented the main economic messages of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato si” and argued that Decisions and policies should serve the Commonwealth of Life which requires making qualitative and multiperspective considerations and the proper use of wisdom.

Socio-Economic & Biophysical Dynamics of the Humanity-Nature Nexus: The Role of Business

Future Earth Germany organized a Foresight Workshop entitled “Science needs in the context of tough choices in implementing the new SDG framework” in Lake Como, Italy in April 18-21, 2016. Laszlo Zsolnai gave a talk on “Socio-Economic & Biophysical Dynamics of the Humanity-Nature Nexus: The Role of Business” in which he emphasized that to transform business into a progressive social institution we should address both the mindset, the behavior and the organizational structure of today’s mainstream business.