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International Workshop on The Economic Crisis and the Human Person

Jointly organised with the EUROPEAN SPES FORUM



 VHI International Workshop: 8-9 June 2013 – St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge

A two day international workshop to examine the relations between economy, ethics and religion in the light of the financial crisis which began in 2007.

The workshop is jointly organised with the EUROPEAN SPES FORUM for Spirituality in Economics and Society.

All papers and presentations can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format.

Themes and Participants:

  • John Loughlin, Professor, Director of the Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmunds College and Senior Fellow in the Dept. of Politics and International Studies, University of  Cambridge
  •  “The personalist idea of money. How to change a system too big to fail?”. Luk Bouckaert, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economics and Ethics, Catholic University of Leuven and President of European SPES Forum
  • Workshop speakers "Ethics and the limited liability of companies". Peter Rona, Senior Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
  •  “Being Included: Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby & the Global Economy”. Peter Heslam, Director, Transforming Business, University of Cambridge
  • “The effect of the global economic downturn on children living in extreme poverty from the perspective of CST". Jeffry Odell Korgen, Executive Director, Department of Diocesan Planning and Communications, Diocese of Metuchen, Piscataway, USA
  • “The Failure of Materialistic Management”. Laszlo Zsolnai, Professor and Director, Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest and Co-founder, European SPES Forum
  • "Incongruence: Human and Organisational Readiness for Global Crises" Mick Blowfield, Senior Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • “Homo Communicans and the Economic Life”. Knut Ims, Professor of Business Ethics, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen
  •  “Faith, Hope and the Global Economy: a Power for Good”. Richard Higginson, Lecturer in Christian Ethics and Director, Faith in Business, Ridley Hall, Cambridge
  • "Towards a New Theory of the Firm: The Collaborative Enterprise"Antonio Tencati, Associate Professor, University of Brescia and Bocconi University, Milan
  • “The crisis, technology and the Human Person”. Hendrik Opdebeeck, Professor of Ethics, University of Antwerp
  • "Details can be crucial: The Vatican Document on the International Financial Crisis, forward looking imagination and learning from the future as it emerges. An interpretation in the light of Otto Scharmer's Theory U." Johan Verstraeten, Professor of Theology, Catholic University of Leuven

Please register to attend.

Attendance Fee
Students: £10.00; Others: £20.00.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.


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