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A Dialogue with Professor Tim Jackson: the Art of the Wellbeing Economy, March 29 at 7:30 pm Irish time

Published on March 16, 2023


A Dialogue with Professor Tim Jackson

WEBINAR I WEDNESDAY 29th MARCH I 19.30 – 21.00 GMT  


A webinar with Tim Jackson, who explored the three questions being examined in the WEAll Ireland’s Cultural Creatives project.

  • How do narratives sustain the myth of economic growth?
  • What is the role of the artist in guiding society to a liberating ‘social imaginary’?
  • Can limits be strangely liberating?


Read the transcript of Tim’s talk

The session was introduced by Caroline Whyte (FEASTA / WEAll Ireland) and chaired by Peter Doran (QUB/ WEAll Ireland) who gave an overview of the Cultural Creatives project. Following a presentation from Tim Jackson we heard from two respondents – Jo Mangan, the Artistic Director/CEO of The Performance Corporation and David Bollier the author and commons activist. Marina Gattás, the Communications and Narratives Co-Lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) gave a final reflection.

Tim Jackson is the Director of CUSP, the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity. His vision for CUSP builds on thirty years of multi-disciplinary research on sustainability and decades of policy experience, in particular his work as Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission. Tim is the author of Prosperity Without Growth and Material Concerns. His most recent book Post Growth—Life After Capitalism was published in Spring 2021. Tim’s first love was playwriting and he has achieved numerous radio writing credits for the Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC World and won several prizes and awards for his work.  Through drama Tim has helped bring scientific controversies to a wider audience. He has also explored the life and work of scientists, artists, musicians and writers.

Marina Gattás, the Communications and Narratives Co-Lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll). Marina is a political scientist, artist and creative strategist. Prior to WEAll, she worked at the Brazilian National Congress as a parliamentary advisor, at Brava Foundation, advising hundreds of governments and demystifying public finance, policy evaluation, open data, digital transformation, and talent recruitment and development, at CEJIL Mesoamérica, and at the Vance Center for International Justice.

Jo Mangan is currently the Artistic Director/CEO of The Performance Corporation, an award winning creative cultural company focusing on artistic performance and events. She is a Board member of the Gate Theatre, a former Director of Carlow Arts Festival, an Arts Council-funded multi-disciplinary festival and from 2015 to 2018, she served as the Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts. Her work has won plaudits and awards internationally and nationally including a number of Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards comprising Best Director and Best Production nominations. In 2011/12 Jo was awarded the Jerome Hynes Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship part of which saw her working at the Barbican Arts Centre London as well as the Irish Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

David Bollier, Schumacher Center for a New Economics. David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and consultant who spends a lot of time exploring the  commons as a new paradigm of economics, politics and culture. In 2010, he co-founded the Commons  Strategies Group, a consulting project that works to promote the commons internationally. More recently,he has become Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Caroline Whyte is an ecological economist at Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, and a core member of the WEAll Ireland Hub. She is the lead author of multiple Feasta submissions to Irish and EU governmental bodies on policy ranging from climate,  agriculture, biodiversity and taxation to enterprise, risk management and banking. She is a member of the Irish National Economic and Social Council (NESC), and she represents Feasta in the European Environmental Bureau’s Economic Transition working group. With her colleague Seán Ó Conláin she co-hosts a successful podcast series, ‘Bridging the Gaps’, for Feasta and the European Health Futures Forum. She is based in France and is also a musician, performing with storyteller La Fannette and with the trio Atout Coeur.

Peter Doran is a lecturer in sustainable development and governance at the School of Law, Queens University Belfast. He also conducts work at United Nations negotiations on the environment for the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Peter’s  book on the attention economy and mindfulness as commons was published by Routlege in June 2017. His research interests include consumerism, green politics and the wellbeing economy.

This webinar set the scene for the Cultural Creatives project’s Deep Dive workshop in Derry-Londonderry on March 31 and April 1.

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