Critical Reflections on Wellbeing / Human Flourishing / Happiness

Online Courses

  1. Social Wellbeing (University of Edinburgh)

In the video slider the trailer for the course.

Articles & Blogs

Hand-picked for you from around the web + original articles published just on the Moral Markets site

Dopamine Capitalism

“It is no secret that with the digital revolution has come many new forms of addiction, as users chase after social-media “likes” and other online stimuli. But less understood is the extent to which most of the tech industry now relies on behavioral manipulation to maximize profits at the expense of our wellbeing.”

A Joyful Economy – Why Do We Work So Hard?

The free market economy is, whether we want it or not, a central aspect of our lives. The bad side effects – like burnouts, the growing gap between rich and poor and climate change – start to become clearer. So to which end do we have this free market economy? Why do we work so hard? Can’t we just work fifteen hours a week like Keynes once predicted? A lecture organized by Moral Markets in collaboration with Studium Generale of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Today’s GDP Figures Won’t Tell Us Whether Life Is Getting Better – Here’s What Can

“Australia’s Social Progress Index, launched last month by the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW Sydney and the Social Progress Imperative […] It will enable the well-being and opportunities to be ranked and compared by location and time. The online tool enables anyone to explore how we are tracking on 12 components grouped into three domains: basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity.”

What Is the Meaning of Wealth?

“Who’s richer, a person who enjoys the comfort of modern services and technologies, or the ancient kings of a millennia ago? Comparing wealth over different ages is fraught with difficulties because we have trouble comparing wealth in different societies with structurally different features.”

Why the Key to Happiness Might Actually Be GDP

“It’s increasingly seen as trendy and progressive to criticise GDP as a measure of the success of an economy. Indeed, New Zealand’s ‘Wellbeing Budget’ of 2019 was widely praised as a ‘world first’ for its emphasis on a range of other metrics. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rishi Sunak is encouraged to adopt similar language in his first Budget. But a closer look reveals this is often far more about presentation than substance.”

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