In our Bridging the Gaps podcast series, the hosts, Seán O’Conláin and Caroline Whyte, explore a range of topics with guests from a wide variety of backgrounds. As with our previous series in 2022, 2021 and 2020, and our 2019 podcast series Beyond the Obvious, it is co-organised by Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum (EHFF). Please feel free to comment below.
Seán Ó Conláin and Caroline Whyte speak with Margreet Frieling of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance about the potential of wellbeing frameworks as tools for improving how societal progress can be measured. How transformative can these frameworks be?
Along with our partners in this Hub, we're working to achieve an economy in Ireland which is no longer focussed on economic growth as a goal, but rather on societal and ecological wellbeing.
"As the Vatican learned with Galileo, the truth has a way of resurfacing. Be on the lookout for debt-free, interest-free money, coming soon to a country-needlessly-plunged-into-recession-by-austerity near you," writes Mike Sandler.
The turbulence of the past year has made it clearer than ever that our growth-fixated, resource-squandering, and savagely unjust economy is neither viable nor desirable. There's never been a more urgent or obvious need to shift onto an economic path that leads towards societal and ecological health. Feasta's vision is bold, holistic, and global in scope - because that's what's needed.
"The creation of a Loss and Damage Fund (although with no actual funding in it yet) may provide some needed relief to impacted countries. But it does not address the cause, an economic system dependent on fossil fuel combustion and driven by an infinite-economic-growth mindset and institutions", writes Mike Sandler.