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 Mission Mission
MissionThe overall aim of the European SPES Forum is to make spirituality accessible as a public good to as many people as possible. Spirituality is deliberately defined in broad and pluralistic terms so that the Forum may bring together people from different spiritual backgrounds and traditions.

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WelcomeWords of Wisdom
A selection of wise words, ancient and modern, to inspire us in daily life...

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. (Nelson Mandela)

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 Nyenrode 2015 - Applying simplicity to management Nyenrode 2015 - Applying simplicity to management
Nyenrode 2015 - Applying simplicity to managementThe next annual SPES Conference will be hosted by Prof. Sharda Nandam at the Nyenrode Business University (The Netherlands) on July 3-5, 2015. The Conference will focus on the concept of simplicity and how simplicity helps managers to navigate the VUCA World of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.

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 Business for Peace Follow-up 2014-2018 Business for Peace Follow-up 2014-2018
Business for Peace Follow-up 2014-2018International SPES Conference, Ypres,
April 10-12, 2014


The Conference in Ypres was co-organised with seven partners. We invite interested organizations to join this partnership and sign the Ypres Manifesto on Business for Peace. For those who want to organize an international workshop on peace-issues in the years to come, the network Business for Peace could be helpful in mobilizing people and offering inspiring ideas. The restyled website www.buisnessforpeace.be will be used as a shared platform to communicate new ideas, events and practices related to peace-thinking in business and management. Visit www.businessforpeace.be for more information.

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 Publications Publications
PublicationsEuropean SPES Cahier 7: Leading with Wisdom
How wisdom and spirituality can result in a more integrated and peaceful practice of leadership.

European SPES Cahier 6: Respect and Economic Democracy
This publication is based on the hypothesis that democracy will become a growing ingredient of good business and leadership.

European SPES Cahier 5: Heroes and Anti-heroes. European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership
The firm belief that divergent (cultural) systems i.e. business ethics and literature can enrich each other is at the core of this publication.

The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business summarizes the most important issues, approaches and models in the field of spirituality in business, economics and society.


Spiritual Humanism, Economic Wisdom - Essays in the honour of Luk Bouckaert
This special publication collects international essays in the honour of Luk Bouckaert. In the spirit of the European SPES forum, this volume covers issues of contemporary economics using a humanist perspective and discusses interrelated problems of business, ethics and society from spiritually based viewpoints.

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 From European SPES Forum to European SPES Institute From European SPES Forum to European SPES Institute
From European SPES Forum to European SPES InstituteThe Steering Committee of the European SPES Forum gathered in Ypres on April 9, 2014. It took some important decisions which have been presented to the assembly of SPES members during the closing session of the Ypres Conference on April 12.

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 Membership Membership
Why not become a member of SPES? Our membership is not based on any fee payment but on a commitment of active participation in our activities. Both individual and institutional memberships are possible.

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