This small and highly participatory gathering will allow participants to:
- explore, discuss and agree on key characteristics of profitable business enterprises aligned with Buddhist values
- recommend business models and policy changes to support the development of such enterprises in Europe
- put the idea/culture of Buddhist Business Management on the public agenda
- form a working group to advance the agenda of Buddhist Values in Entrepreneurship
A few experts who are scheduled to inspire, contribute or facilitate at the workshop:
- Dasho Karma Ura, Director, Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu, Bhutan
- Prof. Laszlo Zsolnai, Director, Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University Budapest and founder of Buddhist Economics Research Platform
- Dr. Karma Phuntsho, Research Associate in Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge and Founder and Director of the Loden Foundation, Bhutan
- Joel Magnuson, Ph.D., professor of economics in Portland, Oregon, USA. Internationally recognized economist specializing in non-orthodox approaches to political economy.
- Bart Weetjens, awards winning social entrepreneur and Zen Buddhist teacher, APOPO, Tanzania
- Dharmachari Keturaja, managing director of Windhorse: evolution which started in 1980 as a market stall in London and has expanded to become one of the leading suppliers of giftware in the UK based on 5 principles or values, derived from the Buddha’s teachings of the five ethical precepts: Generosity, Ethics, Personal development, Collectivity and community, and Commercial viability.
- Zoltan Valcsicsak, founder of The Social Profit Maker; president of the Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society
- Other entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics, students
The workhop is inspired by Bhutans Gross National Happiness and designed for approx. 50 open to anyone from the business or academic sectors interested or involved in Buddhist Business & Economics as well as to entrepreneurs, university students and leaders of Buddhist organizations.
Participants are not required to demonstrate hands-on business experience, but invited to actively participate in the discussion and shape final outcomes at the workshop. Participants from outside of Europe are also welcomed.