Freedom & Responsibility: Leading for Well-Being

hosted by Fordham University / Global Ethic Institute Tuebingen / Humanistic Management Network / Leading for Well-Being Consortium

Global Ethic Institute, Tuebingen, Germany

Start: Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 09:00

End: Friday, 14 Oct 2016 16:00

  • 4th Annual Humanistic Management Conference


    Freedom & Responsibility: Leading for Well-Being

    The idea of freedom has been pivotal for the development of modern capitalism. The socially and economically emancipated individual, the open market and the modern corporation, based upon voluntary work contracts and cooperation, have all become synonymous with the concept of a free and open society. Yet, while in classical freedom philosophies, the notions of individual and institutional liberty are closely connected to their respective moral and social responsibilities, within the realm of economics the relationship between freedom and responsibility has been examined far less. This may have to do with the fact that certain strands of freedom theory (namely the ones espoused by the Mont Pelerin Society and the Chicago School of Economics) have long since dominated the discourse within business and economics departments, emphasizing much more the importance of choice than of its ethical orientation and constraints.

    Yet, in the last years, corporate scandals have led to increased questioning of the corporate license to operate. In step with an ever more acutely felt lack of social and environmental sustainability, the very freedom of corporations to do business the way they see fit, is coming under scrutiny. Not incidentally, the United Nations and the OECD, for instance, have recently called for new economic policies directed to higher levels of human wellbeing rather than sheer material wealth. These demands find their correlate in the work on part of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to realize crucial sustainability goals worldwide. Geared to a qualitative optimization of options for all rather than at the quantitative maximization of choice for some, through such efforts the dimension of responsibility implicit in the idea of freedom is increasingly being explicated. The Humanistic Management Network has decided to center its annual conference on the theme “Freedom & Responsibility / Leading for Well-Being” so as to examine which conceptions of freedom prove most apt to bring about a life-conducive economy at service to all humans.

    An academic Paper Development Workshop will precede the Conference and will take place on 12 October 2016 at the Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute). The Workshop addresses those who submitted papers and whose papers have been selected.


    9:00 - 9:15      Introductory Remarks

                           Michael Pirson,
    Professor for Social Entrepreneurship and Global Sustainability, Fordham
                           University, Fellow, Harvard University

                           Hunter Lovins, Professor of Sustainable Management at Bard School of Management, Club
                           of Rome, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions

    9:15 - 10:00     Panel I  – Which Freedom? Whose Responsibility?
                            The Academic Perspective

                             Claus Dierksmeier, Director Global Ethic Institute, University of Tübingen
                             "Quantitative versus Qualitative Freedom“

    10:00 - 11:30    Discussion Panel I - Freedom through Responsibility

                             Hunter Lovins, Professor, Bard School of Management, Club of Rome
                             Chris Laszlo, Char and Chuck Fowler Professor of Business as an Agent of
                             World Benefit, and Executive Director of The Fowler Center, at Case
                             Western Reserve University`s Weatherhead School of Management                                                               Maurizio Zollo, Professor, Bocconi University

    11:30 - 12:00    Coffee Break

    12:00 - 13:00    Workshops: Freedom and the need for a new narrative
    Introduction of the Leading for Well-Being Consortium and the role of  freedom in the new 
                              narrative of success and business leadership     

    13:00 - 14:00     Lunch Break

    14:00 - 15:30     Panel II - Impacting higher Well-Being Through Innovation
    Learning from Practice on how to embrace qualitative freedom and responsibility -
                               Learning WHAT from practice?

                               Christian Felber, Lecturer Vienna University, Economy for the Common Good
                               „Qualitative Freedom & the Economy for the Common Good“

                              Andrew Winston, Author of "The Big Pivot"
                              "The freedom to pursue heretical innovation"

                              Jürgen Volkert, Professor Pforzheim University
                             "Relevant freedom and corporate entrepreneurship"

                              Christopher Albrigo, RENACE Hydropower, DENCMI
                              "Business as a Sustainable Development Promoter"

    15:30 - 16:00    Coffee Break

    16:00 - 17:30    Workshops: The Meadows Memorandum: Transforming Research, Practice, Policy
       1) What do we need to know to move towards a better life?
                              2) What do we need to do?
                              3) What policies will drive us there?

    17:30 - 18:00     Wrap up

    18:30                 Networking Dinner



    9:00 – 9:15     Introduction and Recap of Previous Day
                            Michael Pirson, Professor for Social Entrepreneurship and Global
                            Sustainability, Fordham University, Fellow, Harvard University 

    9.15 – 10:45     Panel III – Which qualitative orientation do we need?
                              Policies for a better life

    Ernst von Kimakowitz, Humanistic Management Center
                             „Foreign direct investment according to quantitative versus qualitative freedom“

                              Anthony Annett, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University
                              "Toward a New Ethic of the Common Good"

                              Georges Blanc, Emeritus Professor HEC Paris / OECD
                               "Measuring the Business Contribution to Improve Well-Being in our Society"

    10:45 – 11:15    Coffee Break

    11:15 - 12:45     Workshops Research, Practice, Policy - Leading for Well-Being

    12:45 - 14:00     Lunch Break

    14:00 - 15:00     Public Keynote Speech and Lifetime Achievement Award (free entrance)
                              Jeffrey D. Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of      
                              Health Policy and Management, Columbia University, Senior UN Advisor
                              "Globalization - in the Name of which freedom?"

    15:00 – 16:00     Farewell Cocktails

    Sponsoring Organizations

    Fordham University, New York,

    Global Ethic Institute / Weltethos-Institut Tübingen,

    Global Ethic Institute / Weltehtos-Institut Tübingen
    is sponsored by Karl Schlecht Stiftung,

    Humanistic Management Network,

    Leading for Well-Being Consortium

    The Organizers

    Michael Pirson, Director at the Center for Humanistic Management at Fordham University,

    Claus Dierksmeier, Director at the Global Ethic Institute Tübingen,

    L. Hunter Lovins, Professor of Sustainable Business Management at Bard College, Steering Committee of the Club of Rome, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions,

    Andrew Winston, Author of "The Big Pivot“, Founder of Winston Eco-Strategies,

    Chris Laszlo, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University`s Wheaterhead School of Management, Faculty Director for Research and Outreach at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit,


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