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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Laszlo Zsolnai gave a keynote lecture on "Happiness and Liberation: Economics Beyond Self" at the International Happiness Day conference on March 20, 2015 at the University of Turin in Italy. (VIS_Conference_2015.pdf) He discussed the conception of happiness in Aristotle and Buddhism and emphasized the importance of spirituality in achieving lasting happiness.
The paper “Social Innovation and Social Development” by Knut Ims and Laszlo Zsolnai has been presented at the The Eight Transatlantic Business Ethics Conference (TABEC) held at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA on October 23-25, 2014. The authors criticized the business models of the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) approach, arguing that the success of BoP businesses will finally be limited because they do not transcend the logic of mainstream, materialistic business.