Economy, People & Planet 2014
– Towards a New Economic Paradigm
Conference 13-14 September – Copenhagen, Denmark
EPP2014 took place 13-14 September 2014. Watch outputs from the conference here.
The global economic system is out of tune with the limits of a finite world. Our natural heritage is under pressure, our social cohesion is faltering, and as individuals we are not given space to unfold our full potential. With an economy focussing on ever-increasing growth, the environmental and social catastrophes are quickly growing in numbers and scale – many of which are already irreversible. In this light, we must ask ourselves some fundamental questions:
How can we change our understanding of the world from focussing on a narrow quantitative measure of economic progress to cover various qualitative dimensions?
How can we change the mental separation between humans and nature that is so deeply rooted in our institutions and our understanding of ourselves?
How do we really want to live and work in this much-needed new economic paradigm, and how do we create a sustainable path for our society?