I recently visited Budapest to interview László Zsolnai for a film I am making for Universitetet i Nordland, Centre for Ecological Economics and Ethics celebrating their 10 year anniversary. They work closely with László at Corvinus University of Budapest and visit the city annually with the students. The interview went really well in his beautiful study. After deciding how they work together he talked about his work with “Ecology, Ethics, and the Limits of Business,” in Bergen, his book The Future International Manager: A Vision of Roles and Duties of Management, and The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business and the new values for business and management: frugality, deep ecology, trust, reciprocity, responsibility for future generations, and authenticity. He also talked about his new book “Beyond Self: Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Economics”.
László has lived in 14 countries and his favorites are Norway Italy and UK, 2 of which I live in at the moment. Budapest has the most amazing position on the Danube and though parts are very grand, others reminded me of visiting Eastern Europe in 1989 on my way back from Hong Kong, all by train. The city is the kind of city you can just wander around in and guarantee to find interesting streets devoid of consumer homogeny. Spring was coming to the city, coats were unnecessary during the middle of the day and as I write this in a full gale back in Northern Norway it all seems a long way off. The students on the Økologisk økonomi masters from Universitetet i Nordland must have an amazing week.