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Slow Life & Slow Business

In March and April 2022, the UNESCO Chair of Art and Science of Implementing Sustainable Development Goals at the ICN Business School organized a series of events entitled “Trans-Generatives 2030” in Nancy, France. The aim of the program was to build a network of sustainable practices, research and education across a diversity of regions, countries, communities and cultures, focused on introducing imaginary, symbolic, and aesthetic dimensions into functional rationalities to feed and influence decision-making processes in relation to sustainability transformations.

As part of the Trans-Generatives 2030 program, the Business Ethics Center and the Ludwig Museum in Budapest organized the “Slow Life – Slow Business” workshop on March 18, 2022. The workshop is based on and develops further the “SLOW LIFE. Radical Practices of the Everyday” exhibition of the Ludwig Museum.

In the first part of the workshop Zsuzsanna Feher, the Deputy Director of the Ludwig Museum, presented the sustainability efforts of the Ludwig Museum. Then Curator Jozsef Keszman introduced the SLOW LIFE exhibition. Participating artists Krisztina Erdei and Antal Lakner (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest) shared their views on slowness and its relevance to life today.

In the second part of the workshop, academic thinkers explored the meaning and relevance of the slow approach to business, referring to ecological regeneration and human-scale organizing. Presenters included Paul Shrivastava (Penn State University & ICN Business School, Nancy), David M. Wasieleski (Duquesne University & ICN Business School, Nancy), and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest & Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford).