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Introduction to Week 2

This week, we’ll explore different ways of measuring progress in society. We learnt last week that only measuring the material and the economic simply is not good enough. GDP was …

Summary of Week 1

We have reached the end of Week 1, and now have a clearer perspective on what GDP is and why it has for so long been used as an indicator …

Guardians of prosperity

Government is in a difficult situation, as previously, social stability has depended on economic stability. This means that governments feel the need to pursue economic growth above all else. However, …

A “Crisis in Control”

In this video, Marc Stears, Director of the New Economics Foundation, describes his view that economic disempowerment has led to a “crisis in control” whereby a small group make economically-driven …

The Democratic Deficit

In this video, Professor Henrietta Moore explains the concept of the democratic deficit, and asks how the way we think about the economy may be linked to the growth of …

The Dilemma of Growth

Here we hear from Professor Tim Jackson, one of the pioneers of the prosperity conversation and a key contributor to this course. He wrote Prosperity without Growth, initially published in …

Prosperity isn’t only material

Clearly, prosperity means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Our idea of what constitutes a ‘good’ life depends on the life we already lead, our beliefs, …