Presentations

Sustainable Growth or Right Livelihood?

The Faraday Institute for Science and Spirituality of the University of Cambridge organized an international conference entitled "Sustainability in Crisis" in September 26-28, 2011 in Cambridge. Laszlo Zsolnai has been invited to present a view of Buddhist economics on sustainability. In his presentation "Sustainable Growth or Right Livelihood" he argued that not sustainable growth but sustainable livelihood should be the main goal for economic policies. Sustainable livelihood implies the de-growth of the material side of the economy.Zsolnai Buddhist economics.pdf

The Importance of Meta-Economics

Laszlo Zsolnai was keynote speaker at conference “Responsibility in Ecopnomics - The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher” in 22-23 September 2011, in Antwerp, Belgium. His presentation was entitled "The Importnce of Meta-economics". Meta-economics is the basic assumptions about the subject-matter, value-orientation and methodology of economics.  Zsolnai's paper reconstructs the meta-economic foundation of mainstream economics and that of alternative economics initiated by E.F. Schumacher.

The Ethics of Systems Thinking

On August 9th, 2011 an international workshop "Responsibility, Deep Ecology and the Self" was held in honor of Professor Knut J. Ims on his 60th anniversary at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. Laszlo Zsolnai gave his lecture under the title "The Ethics of Systems Thinking". He argued that the Richness of Being can be preserved if we take the whole system view and use multidimensional decision making methodologies to evaluate the ecological, social and cultural aspects adequately. Zsolnai Systems thinking.pdf

Collaborative Business

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture on Collaborative Business at the Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility (TADA) at the University of St. Gallen in May 3, 2011. Nearly 30 PhD students from Germany, Canada and Switzerland participated in the program. Zsolnai presented the collaboratrive business framework  which fosters virtuous circles between companies and their stakehoders where good dispositions, good behaviour and good expectations reinforce one another. Collaborative Business Model.pdf

Behaviorial Business Ethics: Business and the Common Good

Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on Behaviorial Business Ethics at the Constance Academy of Business Ethics in October 7-8, 2010 in Konstanz, Germany. In his lecture he argued that if economic agents become self-concerned then it is likely that – by employing moral disengagement mechanisms – their self-exonerative maneuvers will do harm to others. Serving the common good economic agents should care about and pursue both self and community interests. Behaviorial Business Ethics.pdf

Beyond Profit

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture entitled "Beyond Profit" in the TEDx Danubia Conference on September 24, 2010 in Budapest. He argued that today's mainstream business models cultivate self-interest and promote the „enrich yourself” mentality which is dangerous for society and counter-productive for business. He concluded that good business requires commitment to serving the common good  and  using holistic evaluation  schemes for measuring  success. Beyond Profit.pdf

Business as a Profession: Serving the Common Good

Invited by the Global Responsible Leadership Ambassadors Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture on "Business as a Profession: Serving the Common Good" at the Anglia Ruskin University Aschroft International  Business School on November 25, 2009 in Cambrdige, UK. In his lecture Zsolnai argued that unless future business managers demonstrate that they serve the common good in their daily practice, the legitimacy and moral standing of the business profession remain questionable. (See Business as Profession.pdf)

The Fate of Future Generations in Europe

On November 6, 2009 Laszlo Zsolnai presented the main findings of the Future Generations research project of the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest in a conference organized by the Ombudsman for Future Generations Office of the Hungarian Parlament. He demonstrated that every country in Europe presents some burden on future generations in one or more domains of ecological, financial, human and intellectual capitals. There are countries (e.g. Bulgaria, Hungary,Poland, Latvia) which present burdens on future generations in all these domains. There are countries (e. g. Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden) which present gifts for future generations in the financial or intellectual domain but at the same time present serious ecological and/or human burden on them. 

Accounting for Future Generations

In  April 17-18, 2009 Laszlo Zsolnai presented a paper on Accounting for Future Generations in the 5th European SPES Conference at the University of Catania, Sicily. His presentations focused on three problems. (1) Who are future generations? (2) What is our obligations to future generations? and (3) How can we account our activities for future generations?

Frugality

Laszlo Zsolnai and Knut J. Ims were keynote speakers in the Sustainable Consumption Conference on October 8, 2008, at the Corvinus University of Budapest. They presented the ecological, ethical and economic case for frugality, and argued that downsizing the present scale of the economy is necessary for achieving ecological sustainability.