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13 March 2017, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, room B 1st floor; 12h30 - 14h

Monthly Forum: Prosperity without Growth – Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow

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The publication of the first edition of the book Prosperity without Growth in 2009 was a landmark in the sustainability debate. Tim Jackson’s piercing challenge to conventional economics openly questioned the most highly-prized goal of politicians and economists alike: the continued pursuit of exponential economic growth. Its findings provoked controversy, inspired debate and led to a new wave of research building on its arguments and conclusions.

The ETUI followed those debates closely and is thrilled to welcome professor Jackson at the occasion of the March Monthly forum. He will talk us through the substantially revised and re-written second edition of the book which updates the arguments and considerably expands upon them.

Jackson demonstrates that building a ‘post-growth’ economy is a precise, definable and meaningful task. Starting from clear first principles, he sets out the dimensions of that task: the nature of enterprise; the quality of our working lives; the structure of investment; the role of the money supply. He shows how the economy of tomorrow may be transformed in ways which protect employment, facilitate social investment, reduce inequality and deliver both ecological and financial stability.

Before the Q&A with the audience, Marie-Hélène Ska will comment on the presentation from a workers’ perspective having in mind the challenges and new opportunities that this new vision of social progress may bring about. 

Speaker: Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey, UK, and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Comments: Marie-Hélène Ska, General secretary of the Belgian Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (CSC/ACV)

Moderator: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

French/English interpretation will be available. A light lunch will be served from 12h00 in front of the room.

Registration is closed for this event.

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