In this talk, Dirk and Katherine will introduce some of the ‘whys’ and ‘whats’ of a growing movement of diverse actors who are questioning the current economic model and, each, in different ways, working to build a more humane economy.
We will then explore why this matters for Germany and explore the question of economic transformation through the lens of one of Germany’s biggest economic sectors.
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Dirk Philipsen teaches economic history at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He also serves as Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, co-director of the Duke Sustainability Engagement Certificate, Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, and founding associate of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. His research and writing is focused on sustainability, wellbeing economics, and the history of capitalism.
His latest work is published by Princeton University Press under the title The Little Big Number – How GDP Came to Rule the World, And What to Do About It (2015/17). His current work is focused on alternative economic performance indicators, the nature and logic of economic growth, and the moral imperative of decoupling material throughput from human development.
Katherine Trebeck is an economist with a PhD in Political Science. She is the Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, a network promoting a post-growth approach to economics, and has over eight years of experience working for Oxfam GB. Her most recent book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams and published by Policy Press) was published in January 2019.