Summer Schools


For application details please contact the participating organization in your home country.

Ethical Leadership in Economic Transition

 In Europe we are in the midst of an economic transition. We are facing key challenges like globalization, digitalization and demographic changes including high youth un-employment and migration, and we have to cope with climate change and the protection of the environment. Recent developments like the Brexit, the rise of populist political movements at the far right and far left, the election of President Trump in the USA and the debate on free trade versus protectionism are putting into question the consensus of our socio-economic ‘system’. In the aftermath of the financial and socio-economic crisis the debate is also very much about the ethical principles on which individual behavior as well as the institutional and legal framework are built upon.

 Nine European business and civil society organizations have joint together to give young future leaders the platform and opportunity to reflect and debate these developments and challenges. The “Youth for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics”- Initiative invites you to join in and contribute your ideas and experiences in shaping the current economic transition and your own future. Our upcoming second International Summer School is a unique opportunity for this.

Second International Summer School

Our Summer School is made up of two parts. The first part deals in a more academic but participatory way with the basic questions of our current socio-economic system. The second part wants to help you to develop your personal leadership skills in order to become effective agents of positive change.

 Slovenia was the first central European country to adopt the Euro and is regarded to be among the frontrunners in economic transition. It lies in the very heart of Europe and is a perfect place to study the current transition processes in central Europe, its challenges and the cultural conditions of change.

 Veržej is a small municipality in north-eastern Slovenia close to the borders of Austria and Hungary, less than 300 km from 5 capitals of Central Europe – Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Bratislava and Ljubljana.  It is a beautiful hideaway for creative reflection.

Location: VERŽEJ, situated on the banks of river Mur in the north-east of Slovenia


  • PART 1: 14-19. August, 2017  (social market economy)
  • PART 2: 19- 23 August, 2017 (leadership skills)



1. 2016 – Italy

Summer School 2016 „Rethinking Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics”

Download the pdf version here.

Background of the Summer School 2016

Renowned management scientists as well as practitioners are recently criticizing that business schools might have developed several instruments and tools for a successful business administration but are lacking a deep reflection about the role of managerial ethos and value-based leadership. Our mission is that we find ways to transform business and business education by embedding spiritual and religious values and traditions. However, pedagogical instruments focusing rather on learning than on teaching that permit to develop a managerial ethos in business schools are scarce. Therefore, the Summer Schools of the Yebe project advance a new and innovative approach to the task that spirituality becomes integral part of management education. In this sense, we want to promote entrepreneurship education and social entrepreneurship among young people. This means promoting empowerment, participation and the active citizenship of young people in the world of business and society.

The Summer School 2016 in Florence

The Summer School 2016 took place in Florence, Italy and was designed to bring students and young professionals of different European countries in contact with each other as well as with international experts with a broad range of experiences in business management. Overall, more than 30 young people stemming from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia participated in this event.


Part I „Rethinking Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics”

In general, the Summer School was made up of two parts. The first part (August, 19th – 24th) focused on reflecting the current economic and social challenges in fast changing times. Referring to the religious and economic traditions of business ethics the participants commonly explored the(ir) values and motivations for future leaders to master these challenges. The whole event was structured by discussions in various formats and interactive group collaborations as well as excursions and exchange with practitioners who are willing to share their experience and discuss with the participants. For instance, the group visited a dynamic and innovative 750 years old family wine company (Pomino and Nippozano) and had the opportunity of fruitful exchange with its leadership. Moreover, the excursion “Common Good and Special Interests – Lessons from History” took the participants to milestone monuments and museums in Florence. Apart from inputs from resource persons, the participants themselves were prime actors. Their experiences and views were tapped interactively in small groups and teams. During the various workshops, the participants commonly explored and discussed questions like: What constitutes valued-based leadership today? What are the main challenges which have to be faced by their generation? What can religious and spiritual traditions contribute to create a new vision for companies as well as society? This reflection, dialogue and exchange of the first part of the Summer School increased the awareness and sensibility of the students and brought to the surface the most pressing issues of their generation.


Part II “Rethinking Leadership – Develop your leadership skills!”

The second part (August, 24th – 28th) focuses on discovering and developing the individual potentials and leadership skills of the participants. The workshop-like format was mainly based on personal experience, informal sharing, creative work, and inspirational recreation rather than on formal lectures. Guided by Hans Neff, renowned coach and mentor for executives and teams, the group explored and developed main tasks and responsibilities of effective and successful leaders, for instance to lead and strengthen the own personality, to lead and develop individuals, to lead and develop teams, as well as important management and leadership tools for high performance.

Next steps

We would like to express our most sincere thanks to all the involved partners, supporters, participants, and friends without whom this wonderful Summer School 2016 would not have been possible. On the other side, we are very much looking forward to future activities, projects, and most enriching personal exchange within the framework of the Yebe project – not at least to the upcoming Summer School 2017 in Slovenia!



2. 2018 – Hungary

Coming soon…