Masterclass: Hope as a silent force

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Masterclass: Hope as a silent force

17 January 2019

Everyone knows the concept of hope as it is used in ordinary language. We all regularly express our hopes. Politicians also regularly appeal to hope to influence voters. A hopeful disposition influences much of our behaviour, also in organsations. But how exactly does that work?

The Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE), Leuven, together with the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO), Rotterdam, offer, in collaboration with the Goldschmeding Foundation, the Masterclass ‘Hope: A Crucial Factor for People, Work, and the Economy’. This one-day Masterclass offers a broad, scientifically based perspective on hope as an influential motivation. You will be presented with findings from psychology, economics, philosophy and theology – all with a view to current practice.

The aim of this masterclass is to make scholarly research accessible to managers, entrepreneurs and other professionals. Thus speakers in this masterclass will illustrate scholarly insights by means of practical examples. Speakers are Prof Dr. Patrick Nullens, Prof. Dr. Barney Jordaan, Prof. Dr. Paul de Blot SJ, Emma Pleeging (MA), and Matthijs Steeneveld (MSc).

This masterclass is intended for economists, directors, managers, business psychologists, organisational experts and HR-professionals, as well as others interested in the causes, effects, and significance of hope in organisations, the economy, and society as a whole.

Practical information

  • When: December 13th, 2017
  • Where: Elzenvels Hotel & Seminarie Antwerp
  • Language: English
  • Investment: €495, including lunch and dinner
  • Contact: Steven van den Heuvel at +3216200895 or
  • You can find the brochure here


17 January 2019


Nieuwe Poort Rotterdam
Weena 711
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3013 AM Netherlands
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010 890 7557


The aim of the Hopebarometer 1.0 is to offer a guideline for assessing hope comprehensively within organisations, cities, countries or other groups. The barometer contains several self-report scales to measure seven dimensions that have been identified as central and irreducible aspects of hope. These dimensions are: 1) cognitive hope 2) emotional hope 3) virtuous hope 4) social hope 5) economic expectations 6) institutional hope and 7) spiritual hope. Tools to measure these dimensions include existing scales, as well as newly developed scales to measure the specific dimensions.


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