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Final Programme

Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Spirituality and Economics: A Call to Dialogue

Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)
10th Annual International Conference

"Sharing the Wisdom, Shaping the Dream: Reclaiming the Moral and Spiritual Roots of Economics and Capitalism"

September 2-5, 2012

Call for papers

In Association With

School of Economic Science

Hosted at

Waterperry House, Oxford

“From Oxford 2002 to Oxford 2012: Portrait of a Great Journey for the Common Good”

For all enquiries about registration to attend the conference - residential or day participation -
please contact Mr. Peter Holland: petermholland36@hotmail.com


Sunday, September 2

12.00 Noon onwards

Arrival at Waterperry House

(Organised tours throughout the afternoon to see the Waterperry House Frescoes, painted in the traditional fresco way by members of the School’s art group. Taking six years to complete, and covering three storeys, it depicts scenes taken from Advaita philosophy. Delegates may also wish to see the Waterperry Gardens)


Drink Reception




Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Overview of Conference

  • Prof. Kamran Mofid, Founder, The Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative
  • Mr. Ian Mason, Principal of the School of Economic Science

Opening Address

  • The Reverend Canon Dr Vincent Strudwick

“The Role of Faith Communities in Building Cultures of Trust for the Common Good”

The Reverend Canon Dr Vincent Strudwick is a Fellow of Kellogg College in the University of Oxford, and Founder-member of the Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life based at the College.

He has taught historical theology for many years in different institutions, and was the Founding Director of the Oxford University International Summer programme held at Christ Church, Oxford since 1993.

As a Visiting Professor of the Graduate Theological Foundation of Indiana, USA, and in UK and USA with the Smithsonian Associates, among other institutions, Canon Strudwick has explored inter-faith dialogue and its practice. His publications include: ‘Winter Change to Spring: Religion, Culture and Politics in the World of the Market State’ 2007. ‘Benedict XV1 Considered: Inter-Faith Perspectives on the Modern Papacy’ (Editor) 2009. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Strudwick )

Monday, September 3





(Please note: All presentations throughout the conference are plenary. There are no breakout sessions. Each presentation is limited to 10 minutes. This will enable the whole conference (speakers and delegates) to come together in roundtables to maximise the time for dialogue, debate, and Q&A at the end of each and every session.)


“A Reflection on Value-based Economics and Business”
- Moderator: Prof. Kamran Mofid (Presentations: 70 minutes. Q&A, Debate and Dialogue: 50 minutes)

  • Prof. Hendrik Opdebeeck, “Philosophy as a trans-cultural source of wisdom in management: A plea for spirituality as meaningfulness”
  • Dr. Peter Bowman, “The Path to a just free market economy”
  • Raymond Makewell, “Understanding the Causes”
  • Hooshmand Badee, “Emerging values for shaping a future global economy”
  • Prof. Steve Szeghi, “An Assessment of the Revisionist History of the Causes of the Financial Crisis of 08-09”
  • Prof. Jamshid Damooei,“Looking into Social Mobility in the United States? Is American Dream Alive?


Tea/Coffee Break


“Religions, Diversity, and the Common Good”
- Moderator: Dr. Josef. Boehle (Presentations: 40 minutes. Q&A, Debate and Dialogue: 50 minutes)

  • Prof. Fred Dallmayr, “Multiculturalism: Group Politics and the Common Good”
  • Prof. Farhang Rajaee, “Performing Human: On Civility and Civilization”
  • Rev. Dr. Richard Boeke, “Fideology – Faith as Trust”
  • Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, “Sikh Ethics: Towards A New Paradigm for Reclaiming the Moral and Spiritual Roots of Economics and Capitalism”




“Industry, Science, Technology, and Media Shaping the Modern World”
- Moderator: Prof. Jamshid Damooei (Presentations: 60 minutes. Q&A, Debate and Dialogue: 45 minutes)

  • Dr. Violaine Hacker, “Dealing with media consumption as a private and public behaviour: Norms, Goals and Principles for Media Literacy”
  • Tom Mahon, “To Occupy Technology: Begin with a Program of Technical Literacy”
  • Dr. Michael Britton, “Post-Opportunistic Economics: Neuroscience and an Economics Built on Nurturing”
  • Steve Haywood, “Industry, Sustainability and the Common Good”
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Wendland, “The development of the digital communication in the BRICS- States - a discussion model for her chances and dangers”
  • Prof. Yahya Kamalipour, “Venture Capitalists and Virtual Education: The Changing Patterns of Teaching and Learning”

6.30pm- late

Dinner in Oxford (Turkish Cuisine) hosted by the Dialogue Society (http://www.dialoguesociety.org/ )

*(Residential participants please assemble at the entrance hall by 6.20pm to board the coach to the dinner venue)

Tuesday, September 4






“Economics, Justice and Spirituality”
- Moderator: Ian Mason (Presentations: 70 minutes. Q&A, Debate and Dialogue: 50 minutes)

  • Dr. Josef Boehle, “Can Religious NGOs Help to Achieve Development Goals?”
  • Mustafa Kasim Erol, “The Contribution of Fethullah Gulen on Christian-Muslim relations”
  • Dr. Joanildo Burity, “Capitalism, neoliberalism and Christian articulations of economic ethics: Pentecostals and Ecumenicals in Latin America”
  • Prof. Tonči Kuzmanić, “Depression of Some-thing which is not capitalism any more”
  • Rajesh Makwana, “International Redistribution as a Priority for Global Justice”
  • John Bunzl, “Current Problems Require New Thinking”
  • Sesto Giovanni Castagnoli, “Humanity and Economy at the crossroads”


Tea/Coffee Break


“Faith, Economics and Globalisation”
- Moderator: Prof. Kamran Mofid (Presentations: 40 minutes. Q&A, Debate and Dialogue: 50 minutes)

  • Prof. Philip Goodchild, “Credit and Faith: On Economics and Theology”
  • Prof. Paul Williams, “Capitalism, Religion and the Economics of the Biblical Jubilee”
  • Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, “Why Work? A Christian Reflection”
  • Prof. Hans Kochler, “Economy& Honesty: Remarks on the Global Pursuit of Economic Interests”




“Ecology, Environment, and Sustainable Development”
- Moderator: Prof. Steve Szeghi (Presentations: 70 minutes. Q&A, Debate and Dialogue: 50 minutes)

  • Ian Mason, “Earth Matters”
  • Fred Harrison, “On Being Human: Paradigms, Public Goods and Property Rights”
  • Peter Holland, “Location Theory: An Equal Opportunity for All to Prosper”
  • Jacelyn Eckman, “A New Economics of Being”
  • Wayne Green, “A new consciousness towards an alternative global political economy”
  • Linda Groff, “Scarcity- Abundance Issues: Implications for Our Human, Planetary, and Evolutionary Futures”
  • Ann Hallock, “Bringing Love and Ethics into the Human Equation”


Conference Gala Dinner, hosted at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford (http://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/History/ )

*(Residential participants please assemble at the entrance hall by 6.20pm to board the coach for Corpus Christi College)

Wednesday, September 5






Closing Remarks and Moving Forward


Close of Conference

List of Speakers

  • Mr. Hooshmand Badee, Faculty of Education and Theology, York St. John University, York, UK
  • Dr. Josef Boehle, Research Fellow in Globalisation, Religion and Politics, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Rev. Dr. Richard Boeke, Chair, the British Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) and Vice-President, World Congress of Faiths, London, UK
  • Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths, Co-Founder of the Three Faiths Forum, a Peace Councillor and a Patron of the International Interfaith Centre at Oxford, UK
  • Dr. Michael Britton, Director, "Global Appreciative Culturing", USA; and Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Norway
  • Dr. Peter Bowman, University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering, University College, London, UK
  • Mr. John Bunzl, Founder, Simultaneous Policy (Simpol), London, UK
  • Dr Joanildo A Burity, St Quinton Director of the Faith and Globalisation Programme, School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) and Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK
  • Mr. Sesto Giovanni Castagnoli, Evolutant and Entrepreneur, Founder, WSF World Spirit Forum, Switzerland
  • Fred Dallmayr - Packey J. Dee Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Prof. Jamshid Damooei, Co-director, Centre for Leadership and Values, School of Management, California Lutheran University, USA
  • Ms. Jacelyn Eckman, former diplomat, US Department of State, author, student and teacher of comparative religions, USA
  • Mr. Mustafa Erol, Director, Oxford Branch, Dialogue Society, Oxford, UK
  • Prof Philip Goodchild, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Mr. Wayne Green, Director Global Affairs Ltd, UK
  • Dr. Linda Groff, Professor, Political Science and Future Studies, and Coordinator, Behavioral Science Undergraduate Program, California State University, and Director, Global Options and Evolutionary Futures Consulting, USA
  • Dr Violaine Hacker, European Studies Department, Sorbonne, Paris, France
  • Ann Hallock, former Prof. Of behavioural medicine, Michigan State University, USA
  • Mr. Fred Harrison, Research Director, Land Research Trust, London, UK
  • Mr. Steve Haywood, former Project Director, Jaguar and Land Rover, UK
  • Mr. Brian Hodgkinson, Head, Oxford Branch, School of Economic Science, Oxford, UK
  • Mr. Peter Holland, School of Economic Science, London, UK
  • Prof. Mica Jovanavic, Rector, MEGATREND University, Belgrade, Serbia, Vice-President, Association of the Universities of Serbia, and Vice-President of the Club of the Rectors of Europe, Oxford, UK
  • Yahya R. Kamalipour, Professor and Head, Department of Communication, Purdue University, USA; and Founder &Chair, Global Communication Association, USA
  • Prof. Hans Kochler, Chair, Political Philosophy, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and President, International Progress Organisation (I.P.O), Vienna, Austria
  • Prof. Tonči A. Kuzmanić, Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Management, Koper-Capodistria, Slovenia
  • Mr. Tom Mahon, Scientist and Author, San Francisco, USA
  • Mr. Raymond Makewell, School of Economic Science, Author of “Economic Wisdom”, Roseville, Australia
  • Mr. Rajesh Makwana, Director, Share the World's Resources, UK
  • Mr. Ian Mason, Principal of the School of Economic Science, London, UK
  • Prof. Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI), UK
  • Prof. Hendrik Opdebeeck, Centre for Ethics, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Prof Farhang Rajaee, Political Science and Modern Political Thought in Islam, Director, The College of the Humanities, Carleton University, Canada
  • Canon Dr Vincent Strudwick, Honorary Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, UK
  • Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Birmingham, UK
  • Prof. Steve Szeghi, Dept of Economics, Wilmington College, Ohio, USA
  • Prof Jens Wendland, Chair of Media Theory and Economics, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  • Prof. Paul S. Williams, David J Brown Family Chair of Marketplace Theology and Leadership and Executive Director, Marketplace Institute, Regent College, University of British Columbia, Canada

For all enquiries about registration to attend the conference -residential or day participation- please contact Mr. Peter Holland: petermholland36@hotmail.com