How do we redefine progress
beyond the consumer economy?
Saturday 11 February 2017, 2.00-3.30 - Greenhouse Tent, Federation Square, Melbourne
Sustainable Living Festival's Big Weekend
If the goal of human development is improving our quality of life, why are we so consumed by money and material growth? The excesses and waste of consumer society go on worsening a range of crises. While at the same time we recognise that limitless consumption doesn’t make for healthy, meaningful human life. So how can we transition to a new narrative of ‘the good life’, and the systems and measures to guide us there?
It has long been recognised that Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for example, is an inadequate measure of society’s success and development. Many organisations are now developing other measures, including the New Economics Foundation, the OECD, and national governments from Bhutan to Canada.
Yet despite decades of these initiatives, GDP persists as our primary point of reference, and we continue to do all we can to keep the current growth system going. Can this change? Does it need to? And if so, how can we make it happen?
Join us in this vital conversation with a panel of prominent guests.
Tim Costello AO is Chief Advocate for World Vision, was Victorian of the Year in 2004, and is one of Australia’s most recognised voices on social justice, leadership and ethics. For more about Tim, click here.
Dr Melissa Weinberg is a well known 'happiness researcher', an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin University, TEDx Speaker, and Wellbeing and Performance Psychologist with the Sandringham Dragons. For more about Melissa, click here.
Saturday 11 February 2017, 2.00-3.30pm
Greenhouse Tent, Federation Square, Melbourne
Free entry, no bookings required
Hosted by Anthony James, Executive Director of The Rescope Project.
For more about Anthony, click here.
Part of the 2017 National Sustainable Living Festival.
Enough Is Enough:
A short documentary
Click here for a primer for this event, in the form of this popular short documentary film about the book Enough Is Enough.
The film includes interviews with leading economists, politicians, and sustainability thinkers such as Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson. It is produced and directed by film-maker Tom Bliss, and includes illustrations by cartoonist Polyp.