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Category: Well-being & human flourishing

Redemptive Entrepreneurship: In a Globalized Economy, Who Is Our Neighbor?

“In our globalized and interconnected world, we inhabit vast networks of creative exchange with widely dispersed neighbors. This leads to real and thriving communities far and wide—a great and mysterious collaboration. But as we continue to strengthen those social bonds across economic life, how do we stay faithful and attentive to our more proximate community spheres?”

Davos: Why Measures of Economic Progress Must Consider the Quality of Work on Offer

“Davos offers a place for the rich and not-so-famous to meet and exchange views on the present and future of capitalism. […] Lip service, of course, is paid to wider social and ethical goals, but in truth the central concern is with the needs of the global economy. The worship of growth (measured by GDP) dominates proceedings. But this focus diverts attention from what are pressing problems in society. In particular, it misses the costs of work.”

Wealth Inequality Is Literally Killing Us. The Economy Should Work for Everyone

Short video with Alissa Quart, author of Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America (2018). Summary: “Economic hardship is linked to physical and psychological illness, resulting in added healthcare expenses people can’t afford. The gig economy – think Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy – is marketed as a ‘be your own boss’ revolution, but it can be dehumanizing and dangerous; every worker is disposable. The cooperative business model can help reverse wealth inequality.”

Sludge: How Corporations ‘Nudge’ Us into Spending More

“Small changes in how choices are presented or designed can have a big impact on our behaviour. Governments are taking advantage of this to “nudge” us into making better choices without removing our right to choose. Instead of taxing sugar in drinks, for instance, simply changing how food is arranged in shops can make people eat healthier. But corporations now use the very same techniques. The goal here is different – instead of helping us make better choices, the aim is to unnecessarily increase consumer spending.”

Rethinking Social Progress in the 21st Century

What do we mean by social progress? That is the theme explored by the International Panel on Social Progress, a group of over 300 academics, including Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. After four years of work, their report has finally been published last month by Cambridge University Press, with a useful summary at www.ipsp.org. […] It looks at six policy domains: economics, education, environmental protection, health care, development and science and technology. There is one unifying theme across all six policy domains—the perennial debate over the role of markets versus the state.”

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