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Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy

Book: “Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy” by William Janeway

William JanewayThe innovation economy begins with discovery and culminates in speculation. Over some 250 years, economic growth has been driven by successive processes of trial and error: upstream exercises in research and invention and downstream experiments in exploiting the new economic space opened by innovation. Today, with the state frozen as an economic actor and access to the public equity markets only open to a minority, the innovation economy is stalled; learning the lessons will contribute to its renewal.



Promoting Caring Economics by Changing our Internal and External Worlds

Book: “Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science” by Tania Singer

Tania SingerWhat is the difference between empathy and compassion? Is it possible to train compassion? Can it be measured? How useful is compassion training in schools, clinical settings, and endof-life care? Can the brain be transformed through mental training?

The free eBook: Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science by Tania Singer and Matthias Bolz describes existing secular compassion training programs and empirical research as well as the experiences of practitioners. The state-of-the-art layout of the eBook includes video clips and a selection of original sound collages by Nathalie Singer, and artistic images by Olafur Eliasson.


Book: “Advocacy for Altruism” by Matthieu Ricard
Matthieu RicardMatthieu Ricard, the author of the international bestseller Happiness makes an incisive and passionate plea for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever. He makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting others and ourselves—on a personal level and on a societal level.

It’s a fresh outlook on an eternal problem—and one that could make the world a better place.

In today’s global, interdependent society cooperation is essential. Ricard writes on how Altruism—genuine concern for the well-being of others—could be the guiding principal toward living better—more cooperatively, happily, and successfully. Altruism should no longer be considered a mere utopian ideal, but rather an immediate necessity.

Program Details

Tania Singer
Matthieu Ricard
October 1st, 2013
12:10 - 12:50
Room "Hörn 1 + 2"

William Janeway
October 1st, 2013
13:00– 14:00
"Board Room 1"