Wellbeing uncoupled from economic growth

[Articles and opinion pieces published in this blog do not
necessarily reflect the polices and opinions of the organizers of
the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas. They are
posted here to stimulate discussion and debate on issues relevant
to degrowth.]

Aalto University Magazine, Finland, 24 February 2012,

In the West, the chain of logic goes something like this: economic growth is needed to fund wellbeing. Degrowth presents another approach. It is based on the idea that wellbeing can increase even when the economy contracts. The degrowth movement aims to boost wellbeing through means other than consumption. This can be achieved with the sharing of work, decreased consumption, focusing on the essential and spending more time on cultural pursuits, our loved ones and community as well as through the harnessing of our own individual abilities.

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