László Zsolnai

Beyond Materialism & Reductionism

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a keynote presentation entitled “Beyond Materialism and Reductionism“ in The Awakened Campus Global Initiative Conference in November 29-30, 2022 at Columbia University. Zsolnai argued that today’s mainstream social practices and the professions are based on strong materialist and reductionist assumptions. He showed that spiritually informed social practices can lead to better and more satisfying results than materialist and reductionist models of current mainstream practices. Zsolnai called for whole person education, that is,… Read More »Beyond Materialism & Reductionism

The Awakened Campus Global Initiative

Columbia University Spirituality, Mind, Body Institute, the European SPES Institute, Leuven, and the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest organize an international online conference on The Awakened Campus Global Initiative in November 29-30, 2022. The aim of the conference is to create a collaborative global network of higher education institutions to integrate spirituality in their activities. The overall goal is to help the formation of spiritual awareness of students, faculty and university leaders… Read More »The Awakened Campus Global Initiative

Spiritual Economic Models

Conducted by Istvan Kamaras, a sociologist of religion Gabor Kovacs and András Ocsai made a longer interview on spiritual economic models in Hungarian in the radio “Sola Rádió” on October 11, 2022. They discussed the working models and inspiration of economic and business models presented in the “Economy and Religion” book published by the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest. The conversation can be accessed here:  

The Awakened Brain

Laszlo Zsolnai’s review on Lisa Miller’s book “The Aawkened Brain” has been published in Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion 19(5) October 2022. pp. 546-549. DOI: https://doi.org/10.51327/YYAK1825 Lisa Miller is a professor of psychology at Columbia University who has a joint appointment at Columbia Teachers College and Columbia Medical School. She is a well-known scholar in the field of spirituality and depression and serves as the founding director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at… Read More »The Awakened Brain

Spirituality and Economics

My paper on “Spirituality and Economics” has been published in the Journal for the Study of Spirituality in the UK. https://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2022.2126136 This paper argues that mainstream economics is a materialist and reductionist science. It criticizes the core assumptions of mainstream economics – namely, the existence of ‘Homo Oeconomicus’ and the goals of profit maximization, economic efficiency, and economic growth; and shows that these goals lead to an economy that is not only unhealthy for people… Read More »Spirituality and Economics

Earth is our only shareholder

Yvon Chouinard, a Buddhist entrepreneur and founder of Patagonia, an American retailer of outdoor clothing company, made an extraordinary proclamation. He said that “Earth is now our only shareholder”. This statement has wide-ranging implications not just for his company but also for business in general. Shareholders are those entities the benefit of whom a capitalist firm should be managed for and whom the company management is responsible to. If a company considers the Earth as… Read More »Earth is our only shareholder

Happiness and Economics

An intensive course on Happiness and Economics will be organized by the Business Ethics Center at Corvinus University in September 5-9, 2022. (See attachments) Program Boldogság és gazdaság 2022 ősz A kurzus oktatói Projektmunka 1a Colin Ash Boldogság és közgazdaságtan 1b Toward-a-Sustainable-Wellbeing-Economy 2 Slow food 3 Which countries are best at converting economic growth into well-being_ _ World Economic Forum 4 Knut Ims From Welfare to Wellbeing and Happiness 5 A közösségi gazdaság 6 Can… Read More »Happiness and Economics

Economy and Religion

The book on “Economy & Religion: Innovative Models of Economic Spirituality” has been published in Hungarian by Corvinus University of Budapest in July 2022. The book is edited by Laszlo Zsolnai, Gabor Kovacs, and Andras Ocsai. The project was financed by National Research, Development and Innovation Fund (NKFI) Mecenatura 2021 Program (MEC_K 140856 Grant). This open access book can be downloaded from: http://unipub.lib.uni-corvinus.hu/7537/#   The book offers a comprehensive picture about the main economic conceptions… Read More »Economy and Religion

New Business Models for Human Flourishing & Ecological Regeneration

As part of The Economy of Francesco program the Business Ethics Center organized a workshop entitled “New Business Models for Human Flourishing & Ecological Regeneration” on September 23, 2022 in Assisi, Italy. Contributing faculty of the workshop included Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest & Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford), András Ócsai (Corvinus University of Budapest), Antonio Tencati (University of Brescia & Bocconi University Milan), and Jozsef Veress (Corvinus University of Budapest). The workshop presented… Read More »New Business Models for Human Flourishing & Ecological Regeneration

Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research

Paul Shrivastava, Laszlo Zsolnai, David Wasieleski, and Philippe Mairesse: “Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research” Ground Works 2022 August  https://groundworks.io/journal/commentaries/9 In this paper the authors consider transdisciplinarity to be qualitatively different from interdisciplinarity or multidisciplinarity in several crucial ways. Transdisciplinary work takes its problems from the real world and not disciplinary gaps in knowledge or combining disciplines for innovative new understandings. Transdisciplinarity involves co-creation of integrated knowledge across disciplines with stakeholders to solve problems on the ground.… Read More »Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research