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Well-being is more than a side-show to neoliberal economics

Well-being is more than a side-show to neoliberal economics | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"A post-growth agenda is not necessarily about making sacrifices, but about superceding a broken economic model that is failing to make us better off. 

At its best, the well-being agenda is not just a sideshow to neoliberal economics: it points towards a new economics, one which values equality, stability and community rather than simply growth for growth’s sake."

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Good Open Democracy article on the growth versus well-being debate.

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Age Against the Machine

Age Against the Machine | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Today, however, older people are largely considered to be out of touch with the modern, technology-driven world, and incapable of paying their own way. But much evidence shows otherwise: if aging were framed as an economic opportunity, the growing number of older people worldwide could become modernity’s gift, rather than society’s burden."

 

Great article at Project Syndicate written by Simon Zadek going against the established narrative on ageing societies.

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Social Progress Index: another instruments to go "Beyond GDP"

The Social Progress Index measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens. Fifty-two indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing, and opportunity show relative performance in order to elevate the quality of discussion on national priorities and to guide social investment decisions. 

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How many of these instruments do we need before political and economic elites will get it? As I feared when the whole Beyond GDP debate started, there is a danger that the search for the best tool will become more important than building the blueprint for a new economy.

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