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.

Prudence in Management and Economic Wisdom

In the international workshop “Virtues and Vices in Economics and Business” held at the Institute of Philosophy of Catholic University of Leuven in June 19-20, 2015 in Leuven, Belgium Laszlo Zsolnai presented a paper on Prudence in Management and Economic Wisdom.

Spiritually-inspired Creativity in Business

The paper "Spiritually-inspired Creativity in Business" by Katalin Illes and Laszlo Zsolnai was presented in the World Congress on “Spirituality and Creativity in Management: Challenges for the Future” held in April 23-25, 2015 in Barcelona, Catalonia. 


Happiness and Liberation: Economics Beyond Self

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.

Social Innovation and Social Development

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.

Spirituality and Biodiversity Management

Laszlo Zsolnai made a presentation on „Spirituality and Biodiversity Management” in the „Leaders in Biodiversity Conservation: Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century” conference at Concordia University in October 23-25, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. He argued that biodiversity is an intrinsic value and can be preserved if we go beyond the materialistic and instrumental mindset of economics by embracing spirituality and non-material values.

Creating Sustainable Organizations

Laszlo Zsolnai was keynote speaker in the Creating Sustainable Organizations: Ethics, Economics and Well-Being conference at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba in September 25-26, 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada. One of his lecture was about „Trajectories of Transition toward Ecological Sustainability” while his other lecture was about „Economic Rationality versus Socio-Ecological Reason”.

Human Reason in the Age of Economic Unreason

Laszlo Zsolnai presented his paper „Human Reason in the Age of Economic Unreason” at the International Workshop on “Teleology and Reason in Economic and Social Affairs” at the Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, June 30 – July 1, 2014.


The paper analyses the rationality assumptions of mainstream economics and shows that they are empirically misleading and normatively inadequate. It argues that the world ruled by self-interest based rationality of economic actors leads to ’unreason’ from a wider ecological and human perspective. The paper illuminates that human reason requires a different way of economic functioning which implies a redefinition of the final goal economizing.

Trajectories of Transition toward Ecological Sustainability

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a faculty lecture on Trajectories of Transition toward Ecological Sustainability at ESC Rennes School of Business on April 24, 2014. He argued that competitiveness oriented business practices are incompatible with ecological sustainability and human well-being because they do not know ecological limits and ethical principles. Community-based economic activities aiming at sufficiency and frugality are more promising for creating a sustainable world.