Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
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Panel discussion with actor and cabaret artist Florian Scheuba on "Humor and Sustainability"

Hu­mor at­tracts at­ten­tion, trig­gers pos­it­ive emo­tions, and strengthens group co­he­sion. In con­trast, en­vir­on­mental pro­tec­tion and so­cial re­spons­ib­il­ity are often per­ceived as a "buzz kill". Amer­ican late-night com­edy today reaches more young people than daily news­pa­pers and other con­ven­tional me­dia. The In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity would like to use this type broad im­pact and util­ize hu­mor and sus­tain­ab­il­ity in its cur­rent courses.

The cab­aret artist, au­thor, and actor Florian Sch­euba was a guest dur­ing the course Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment (Mas­ter Man­age­ment) and shared his many years of ex­per­i­ence work­ing with sa­tire and hu­mor. In a dis­cus­sion with André Martinuzzi, Head of the In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity, Florian Sch­euba spoke about his ca­reer as a cab­aret artist. He offered in­ter­est­ing in­sights into the craft of hu­mor, the possib­il­it­ies and lim­it­a­tions of sa­tire, and re­por­ted on the ef­fects of his pro­grams and plays on his audi­ence and so­ci­ety.

Sub­sequently, the audi­ence, con­sist­ing of stu­dents, re­search­ers from WU Vi­enna and sus­tain­ab­il­ity ex­perts, made ex­tens­ive use of the op­por­tun­ity to ask Florian Sch­euba fur­ther in­ter­est­ing ques­tions. The audi­ence dis­cus­sion was mod­er­ated by Norma Schönherr, pro­ject man­ager at the In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

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