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What Human Flourishing Looks Like
May 25 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Live online webcast
This is episode 15 in the CASBS series Social Science for a World in Crisis. Learn more about the series here.
Panelists: Jenna Bednar (CASBS fellow 2021-22), Hilary Cottam, James Manyika
Moderator: Gillian Tett, Financial Times
We have witnessed COVID’s disruption of almost everything that enables us to flourish. But what is flourishing? We do ourselves a lasting disservice by returning to the pre-pandemic status quo, in which we measured well-being and prosperity in the transactional terms of economic growth and rising GDP. Proposed correctives tinkered on the margins, ignoring the many who inhabit and experience precarious, unpredictable realities.
The health of the social fabric relies on the interconnections among people in societies and environments. We must rediscover a deeper sense of shared social purpose and re-think the fundamental logic and premise of what constitutes human flourishing and successful societies. What are the structural design principles and guiding visions for a new framework of relational flourishing that integrates humans, ecologies, and institutions in a social economy of community, care, dignity, meaning, and sustainability? How do such visions involve corporations, engage technology, and relate to the robustness of democracy in the governance of true human flourishing? What are the measures of success? Join Jenna Bednar, Hilary Cottam, and James Manyika in conversation with Gillian Tett as they consider such questions and outline possible, realistic directions for meeting the challenges of poverty, inequality, and injustice, embedded within new moral political economies of shared prosperity and flourishing.