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The Economy of Generosity: Irene Nygårdsvik at TEDxArendal

Irene terminated her PhD studies at The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and instead started “Spekulatoriet”. She then launced her own research “Researching innovation in the friction between art and business – an explorative study in light of dialogue and play theory”.


Through over 60 interviews with artists and businesses she found more similarities than expected. The common denominator between artists and businesses was their creative instinct. Based on these common features she worked on developing an economic philosophy called ” A Humanistic Economy based on Generosity and Dignity – creativity at the core of economics”.

In addition to holding seminars on economics and dialoge, from time to time Irene create projects in collaboration with different artists. She is also a board member of several artistic and business enterprises, and have worked 9 years in the corporate sector with auditing, advertising, engineering and banking.


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Year: 2013

From album: TEDxArendal

Produced by: GRID-Arendal

Tags: TEDxArendal

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