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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

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

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

Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality and Management

The forthcoming book “Global Perspectives on Indian Spirituality and Management” edited by Sanjoy Mukherjee (Indian Institute of Management, Shillong) and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest) was presented at the Corvinus Institute for Advanced Studies. The main argument of the book is that rationality and spirituality are not necessarily antagonistics in business and economics. Business actors can rationally pursue objectives based on spiritual values and priorities. Zsolnai & Ócsai CIAS lecture 2022

In Memoriam Janos Kornai

Janos Kornai, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Corvinus University of Budapest died on October 18, 2021. He was one of the most influential economists of his generation. He developed an anti-Walrasian economic framework within which both capitalist and socialist systems can be described and analyzed. I had the privilege of knowing Janos Kornai for 40 years. I collaborated with him on several occasions. My first academic publication was a methodological analysis of his… Read More »In Memoriam Janos Kornai

Inspiring Moral Thinkers

Socrates, Aristotle, Albert Schweitzer, Hans Jonas, Carol Gilligan, Mother Theresa, Immanuel Kant, Gandhi, St. Francis of Assisi, His Holines the Dalai Lama

Why do we need new business models for a sustainable Earth?

In our book Progressive Business Models, we write about the changing role of business in the “Anthropocene” era, the epoch since human life on Earth began to have an impact on the nature of our planet. The severe deterioration of the Earth can be tracked to current patterns of production and consumption, as business activities have come to dominate nearly all the life spheres almost everywhere in the world. Big business has been seen to play… Read More »Why do we need new business models for a sustainable Earth?

Fight in the Artic

For millennia, a thick layer of sea ice has defended the pristine, beautiful and utterly unique marine world of the Artic waters around Svalbard, in the Barents Sea. But global warming is melting the ice and industrial fishing has started moving in, leaving a trail of destruction behind. Svalbard’s seas hold some of the last pristine environments left on earth, home to some of our planet’s most incredible and mysterious creatures which thrived in this… Read More »Fight in the Artic