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Towards the Well-Being Economy; Panel Discussion & Presentation of Report

April 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

The world faces a great number of challenges, from the immediate Covid-19 pandemic and the more long-term – but no less urgent – climate crisis and ecological breakdown, to growing inequality, insecurity, and social polarisation. The ideas of yesterday no longer provide the solutions for the problems we face today. As a result, we are living through a twice-in-a-century change in economic thinking and policy making, also known as a paradigm shift: we are moving away from neoliberal market ideas and a focus on narrow economic growth, towards an economy centred on enhancing human well-being in a sustainable, equitable and resilient way – also known as the Well-Being Economy.

The Think Tank of Young Economists of the Future Markets Consultation led by former Dutch Prime Minister prof. Jan-Peter Balkenende and prof. Govert Buijs, has investigated how we can move towards the Well-Being Economy. The young economists, Sam de Muijnck, Elisa Terragno Bogliaccini and Jim R. Surie, furthermore explored what the paradigm shift means for the public sector, financial sector and environmental policy.

On April 12th 7 pm (CET), they will present the report and receive a short reaction from Jan-Peter Balkenende at an online event organized in collaboration with Dutch debate center Pakhuis de Zwijger. After this, there will be a panel discussion with distinguished young economists from different European countries. The event closes with the award ceremony of the essay contest for students and young scholars of the Future Markets Consultation.


  • 19.00: Opening by moderator David van Overbeek
  • 19.05: Presentation report Towards the Wellbeing Economy by Sam de Muijnck, Elisa Terragno Bogliaccini & Jim R. Surie
  • 19.25: Reaction by Jan-Peter Balkenende
  • 19.35: Panel with Philippa Sigl-Glöckner & Amanda Janoo
  • 20.00: Award ceremony essay contest by Jan-Peter Balkenende
  • 20.10: End

In the panel

Philippa Sigl-Glöckner

Philippa Sigl-Glöckner

Philippa Sigl-Glöckner is the director of the German economic think tank Dezernat Zukunft. Previously she worked as an economist for the German and Liberian Ministries of Finance, the World Bank and the Deutsche Bundesbank.

Amanda Janoo

Amanda Janoo

Amanda Janoo is the Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll). Amanda worked for the United Nations and the African Development Bank. As a Fulbright researcher, she explored the relationship between international trade and informal employment.


Participation is free. Please register at the website of Our New Economy to get the link to participate in this online event:


This project and event is a collaboration between Our New Economy (ONE), Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL) and Moral Markets, and is funded by the Goldschmeding Foundation and Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.


April 12, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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