• The European SPES Institute, the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE), and the Damien Center will organize the annual European SPES Conference entitled “The Will to Serve: Inspiring Models of Servant Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship,” in May 24-26, 2018, in Leuven, Belgium.

  • The Coller School of Management of Tel Aviv University hosted the 2017 Annual European SPES Conference in September 4-6, 2017 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Collaborative partners were the European SPES Institute and the Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest. The conference addressed spirituality and faith traditions as they fertilize business and enterpreneurs for creating models for pressing social problems, including poverty, conflict, unemployment, environmental degradation and climate change. A new ethos of entrepreneurship needs to be developed in which caring for fellow human beings, future generations and nature play a primordial role. Practical wisdom of the Jewish and other faith traditions suggests that enterprises with a spiritual value orientation can flourish, and serve the interests of business and the wider community better than conventional enterprises following the narrow financial bottom line. 


  • The Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest and the European SPES Institute organized an international transdisciplinary workshop on Contemplative Science & Management in May 19-21, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. Collaborative partners included Mind & Life Europe and the Hungary-Bhutan Friendship Society.

    The conference invited scholars and practitioners devoted to exploring and presenting new developments in contemplative inquiry related to Buddhist Economics, Well-Being, Social Transformation, Mindful Organizations, and Ecological Worldview in the management context. This particular combination of fields represents a unique nexus for reflection and action toward developing ways of mindful and sustainable management for organizations in economic and social life.

  • Sharda Nandram (European SPES Steering Committee member) organized a conference entitled "Integrating Simplification: The Rise of Integrative Self-Managed Enterprises" in 20-21 February, 2017 at BANASTHALI UNIVERSITY, RAJASTHAN in India.

    Integrating Simplification Theory talks about a dynamic approach for organizing and entrepreneurial thinking. It is a process of engaging in simplicity and refraining from complexity to avoid organization disintegration. Disintegration can be of any kind of wastage of resources or time (artha), misalignment between personal and organizational motives (kama) and values (dharma).  Here, it is an approach to enhance entrepreneurial creativity and Self-Management as part of the Integrative Self-Managed Paradigm.  The uniqueness in this paradigm lies in its treatment of various fundamental dichotomies like matter and spirit, material and spiritual, for-social and for-profit, automation or not-automation of processes, cooperation and competition, peace and war at work, mindful or mindless activities. Additionally, this approach has a clear apriori intention to be integrative even when it's bringing up the suppressed voices through critique. This translates into a clear perspective on futurology in worldview of this approach.

    Every culture has lot of cultural artefacts that embodies the elements mentioned in the themes of this conference. Therefore, contributions are welcome to bring wisdom from paradigms of traditional  ways of management including Bharatiya Prabandhan (Indian Management).


  • The Center for Ethics of the University of Antwerp and the European SPES Institute organized a workshop at the Antwerp Management  School on December 17, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium.  Program of the workshop included the presentation of the book “Ethical Leadership: Indian and European Spiritual Approaches” (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016). It was followed with a brainstorming session about the coopeartion of the European SPES Institute and the Flemish SPES Forum, including developing a joint SPESLab. The workshop ended by a presentation of Professor  Kim Yong-Bock, Chancellor of the Asia Pacific Center for Integral Study of Life about their activities and projects in South Korea. 

  • The Center for Ecological Economics and Ethics of the Bodo Graduate School of Business, University of Nordland organizes the 2016 Annual European SPES Conference in May 27-29, 2016, in Bodo, Norway. The topic of the conference is „Integral Ecology, Earth Spirituality and Economics”. Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato si’  (Praised Be: On the Care of Our Common Home)  is an excellent opportunity for building a conversation between science and spirituality on ecology and sustainable development.

  • In cooperation with the European SPES Institute, IU Sophia – the university institute of the Focolare movement – organizes an international conference April 22-23, 2016 in Loppiano (Florence). The theme of the conference is „Vulnerability and gift in economics and business”. 


  • The European SPES Institute was active in contributing to the scientific program of the International Conference on Gross National Happiness organized by the Centre for Bhutan Studies in November 4-6, 2015 in Paro, Bhutan. The following members participated in the conference

  • In coopearation with the Gandhi Peace Foundation, the European SPES Institute and Binghamton University Manas Chatterji organized an international seminar on Gandhi, Spirituality and Corporate Social Responsibility in October 31, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The program of the workshop included the following presentations



  • The European SPES Institute organizes its annual conference in 3-4 July 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The title of the conference is "Management in the VUCA World: The Role of Spirituality". The conference aims to discuss how spiritual values help managers to navigate the VUCA World of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.




    The “Virtues and Vices in Economics and Business” international workshop was organized by  the Centre for Economics and Ethics of the Catholic University of Leuven in cooperation with the European SPES Institute in June 19-20, 2015, Leuven, Belgium. Inspired by the spiritual humanism of the European personalist movement and applying the virtue ethics tradition participants seeked to develop new models for encouraging virtuous actions in business and  in economic policy.

  • With the help of Laszlo Zsolnai and the European SPES Institute an International Workshop on “Teleology and Reason in Economic and Social Affairs” was organized at the Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, June 30 – July 1, 2014. The workshop explored Catholic Social Thinking for analysing pressing eco-nomic and financial problems of today. Inspired by the spiritual humanism of the European personalist movement and applying the analytical rigour of the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition the workshop aims to develop new models for business functioning and economic policy serving the spiritual and material flourishing of the human person.

  • The 10th Anniversary Conference of the European SPES Forum was held in in April 10-12, 2014 in Ieper, Flanders Fields, Belgium. The conference entitled “Business for Peace – Strategies for Hope” was dedicated to the memory of the centennial anniversary of the first World War (1914-1918) The opening lecture was given by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council under the title “Europe as a Peace Project”. Participants launched The Ypres Manifesto on Business for Peace.

  • The European SPES Forum co-organized an international conference entitled “Ethical Leadership: The Indian Way” hosted by IFIM Business School in Bangalore, India on January 9-10, 2014. Organizing partners included the V.B. Padode Centre for Sustainability of IFIM Business School. The conference got together educationists, professionals from different areas in the industry to address issues of human values, ethics and spirituality in doing business in the Indian context.

  • Initiated by Laszlo Zsolnai and the European SPES Forum the Von Hügel Institute of the St. Edmund College, University of Cambridge organized an international workshop on „The Economic and Financial Crisis and the Human Person” on June 8-9, 2013 in Cambridge.

  • The Buddhist Economics Research Platform, the Loden Foundation, Bhutan and the Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society in partnership with the European SPES Forum and the European Buddhist Union organized an international workshop 'Buddhist Values in Business and its Potential for Europe' on 24-25 November 2012, in Brussels, Belgium. Partly inspired by Bhutan's Gross National Happiness, the workshop was designed for people from the business or academic sectors interested or involved in Buddhist Business/Economics as well as for entrepreneurs, university students and leaders of Buddhist organizations.

  • The Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest and the ERENET - Entrepreneurship Research and Education Network of Central European Universities organized the 2012 Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum in September 21-23, 2012 in Visegrad, Hungary. The aim of the conference was disclosing the spiritual dimension in business ethics and sustainability management.

  • Together with the Center for Ethics of the University of Antwerp, the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest co-organized of the Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum entitled Responsibility in Economics —The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher from 22-23 September, 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium. A Charter of Human Responsibilities was launched by the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation as a tool for dialogue. 

  • Sixth Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum entitled “Leading with Wisdom” was hosted by the Alba University, in April 21-23, 2010 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. The conference explored the meaning and practice of wisdom as the basis of trustful and effective leadership.

  • An International Symposium on Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship and the Common Good was held at ESC Rennes School of Business on January 7-8, 2010, in cooperation with the European SPES Forum and the European Business Ethics Network, and with the support of CANON Research Centre France. The aim of the conference is to explore how corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship can contribute to the common good and provide answers to the challenges posed by the current economic crisis.