Compassion and transforming the economy: Merging the ‘why’ and the ‘how’

Compassion and transforming the economy: Merging the 'why' and the 'how'
13 March 2024 18:45 - 20:00 (CET)
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Is compassion relevant to the economy? Or even visa-versa?

Compassion and the economy have more to say to each other than might be obvious at first glance.

A compassionate approach that incorporates an economic lens asks questions about how the economy operates: the distribution of resources, the nature of jobs, what sort of work is paid for, costs of goods and services, and provision of amenities.

Thinking about the economy using a compassionate lens shifts the emphasis from individuals becoming more resilient, able to withstand burdens and shocks and the punches thrown at them to ask why these burdens are there in the first place, what holds these burdens in place, and how can they be removed? Economy with a compassionate lens means no less than economic system change.

Join this conversation style event exploring these possibilities and how compassion requires not only transformation of the economy, but why compassion needs to be at the centre of how the change happens.

Hosted by Professor Liz Grant and Dr Katherine Trebeck (member, Club of Rome and Global Compassion Initiative, EFI), the evening will feature a talk by Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Co-President of the Club of Rome) and will be followed by a dialogue with Mel Young (founder of the Homeless World Cup) and Arnaud Blandin (entrepreneur-in-residence at INSEAD).

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