An Economy of Trust

Book launch (in Dutch)

“Without trusting each other, life is almost impossible,” writes Luk Bouckaert in ‘An Economy of Trust’, the new publication of the Chair Economy of Hope and Streven Vrijplaats. Bouckaert continues, “even our professional activities rely in part on relationships of mutual trust.” As everyone realises, trust is also the lubricant of our economy.

Without the customer’s trust in the company when he buys, without the trust in your boss, without the trust in our money, the economy does not work. And yet a healthy dose of distrust is often indispensable too. How can we ensure a balance between trust and distrust in the economy? What does history teach us about the importance of trust in economics? What are the building blocks for an economy of trust today? What should be taken into account to enable trust in a digital economy? In what ways does climate change also call us to trust?

These questions about a fragile and tested trust in economy, among others, form the starting point for this evening.

More information in Dutch.


Trends Economy of Hope Chair

Chair at the University of Antwerp that promotes a social, ecological and meaningful economy.


Universitair Centrum Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen


socio-cultural magazine for the critical reflection on socio-cultural developments


Forum for spirituality in economics and society

Date & Time

Wednesday 21 December 2022
7.30 – 9. 00 p.m UTC+1


University of Antwerp
Promotiezaal Grauwzusters
Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen


Free entrance.
Please register online
before 18 December 2022


Koningstraat 2
B-2000 Antwerpen
Tel. +32 (0)3 265 49 60

Voorlopige locatie tijdens de renovatiewerken:
Blindestraat 14, 2000 Antwerpen