Asia-Europe Dialogue

  • 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 book contains selected papers presented at the international conference coorganized by the European  SPES Institute and IFIM Business School in Bangalore, India on January 9-10, 2014. Addressing issues of human values, ethics, spirituality and leadership in business the authors of this volume create a dialogue and interchange between Indian and European cultural traditions. Topics include spiritual orientations to business in Hindu, Buddhist and Christian traditions; the effect of spirituality upon contemporary leadership theories; sustainable business models in India and Europe and a comparison between Indian and European philosophies of leadership.
     
  • 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.

  • 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 authors of the book believe that the European and Asian traditions of spirituality provide rich resources for world seeking to rediscover the Common Good. The particular focus of this Cahier is on the need for responsible leaders who understand and accept their responsibility to steward the resources in their care for the good of their organisation and for the Common Good. Such leaders will have developed the capacity to integrate the economic, the social and the environmental realms and inspire trust in their organisational communities through the quality of their character and spirit.   

  • The Chine-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) together with the European SPES Froum organized an international workshop on Leadership, Spirituality and the Common Good: East and West Approaches in October 15-16, 2008 in Shanghai, China. Designed for academics and practitioners, the conference explored the relationship between spiritual sources and the common good as defined by Eastern and Western societies. 

  • Authors of the book share the idea of Europe as a space of unity-in-diversity based on relations of reciprocity and fraternity. They see it as Europe’s mission to enlarge its post-war idea of peace and integration into a global action. Even though the European Union started in the sphere of economics, it was from the beginning more than economics. Therefore this cahier calls for a stronger sense of spiritual commitment and moral imagination in Europe.

  • On September 21-22, 2007, the European SPES Forum organized its 4th Annual Conference in Leuven (Belgium) which was preceeded by the Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), both hosted by the Centre for Economics and Ethics of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, celebrating its 20th anniversary.

  • Values, purposes and functions of European and Asian businesses is a topic of vital importance today. The book contains selected papers of the “Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business, Ethics & Spirituality” annual conference of the European SPES Forum held in 2006 in Budapest, Hungary. Scholars and practitioners from England, Norway, Sweden, and Hungary as well as from India, Indonesia, Japan, and the USA share their views on European and Asian ways of doing business.    

  • Jointly with the European SPES Forum, the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest conducted the “Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business, Ethics and Spirituality” international conference  from June 30-July 2, 2006, in Budapest. Nearly 50 scholars and practitioners participated in the conference representing Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA. The conference was place for dialogue on European and Asian business in spiritual viewpoints.