Tim Jackson’s talk from this summer’s TED conference was posted this month. Jackson is the author of Prosperity Without Growth, which was my favourite book last year. His talk here steers away from his usual topic of the limits to growth and addresses the overall aims of our economy. What is a meaningful sense of prosperity anyway?
In our drive for novelty and growth “we have created economies that systematically privilege one narrow quadrant of the human soul, and left the others unregarded.” Moving beyond growth, he concludes, is about creating an economics fit for purpose, an economics that honours “a more credible, more robust, and more realistic vision of what it means to be human.”