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Blog by Isabel Nuesse

Busy as ever, Katherine Trebeck, WEAll’s Influencing and Advocacy Lead, has been speaking on panels, podcasts, webinars and academic lectures to encourage stakeholders to take a hard look at the feasibility of building back better to a wellbeing economy.

In Scotland, she continues to work alongside the WEAll Scotland Hub to influence the Scottish Government to move beyond GDP, to adopt wellbeing economic policies and serve as an example for the rest of the world.

Diminishing Marginal Returns

On August 28th, Katherine Trebeck spoke at the SURF Festival, opening with a few major issues in the current system, which are underpinned by our dependence on growth and GDP.

Those countries that have ‘arrived’ (i.e. have the capacity to provide decent living for their residents) experience diminishing marginal returns of growth i.e. where growth is no longer improving our quality of life. Instead, growth is driving failure demand: public spending on patching up the damage created in the pursuit of more growth.

An example of this reactive and avoidable spending is in the ‘guard labour’ industry, which is thriving because widening inequalities has made people afraid of one another. Meanwhile, individually, we are spending on pseudo satisfiers to fulfill our need of belonging – something that our economic and social system should be enabling.

Watch her entire presentation here.

Demographics and COVID

Most recently, Katherine spoke to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee in Scottish Parliament. She begins by speaking about what demographics in our economy are most affected by the COVID pandemic.

She cites research which concludes that Black and Minority communities have shouldered more risk during the pandemic, as have women. Women were already more likely to feature in front-line sectors or service-based sectors of the economy. In addition to this increased exposure, as a result of the pandemic, women have also had to take on additional burdens of childcare and domestic work.

Hope for the future

However, Katherine also sheds light on positive developments, like the now mainstream questions around the necessity of business travel. She also mentioned the enormous increase of the gift economy. That has kept communities and families going, even though this is not accounted for in the GDP measurement.

Watch the full video of Katherine and the other prominent speakers discuss Building Back Better in Scotland post COVID-19.  

Over the past two weeks, people all over the world have been engaging in discussions about the topics that shape a wellbeing economy in NESI (New Economy and Social Innovation) webinars co-hosted by WEAll. There are just three webinars remaining this week – don’t miss out!

Use this Zoom link to join all of the webinars: https://zoom.us/j/756911946

  • Tuesday 2 April (4pm to 5pm CET) – Nicola Cerantola helps us understand “Energy & resources flows in the circular economy” (English)
  • Wednesday 3 April (4pm to 5pm CET) – Mario Sánchez – Herrero will share his vision for “Energy transition: strategies for an accelerated (and orderly) change beyond the financial and state economies (Spanish)
  • Wednesday 3 April (5.30pm tp 6.30pm CET) – Ginnie Guillen-Hanson, cohort of CSCP and member of SCORAI and Future Earth’s Knowledge Action Network,  speaks to us about “Healthier, more equitable and environmentally friendly food systems – perspectives from 2040” (English)

If you’re joining Ginnie’s webinar on 3 April, please complete this quick survey.

The NESI Forum 2019 takes place 24-26 April in Malaga, Spain – but the work to build a wellbeing economy together starts even sooner. Through this series of webinars with subject experts from around the world, you can participate actively in the “Discovery” phase prior to the forum and explore, learn and share about the existing solutions and early innovations that will enable us to Dream, Design and DO the change we want to see in the world, at NESI and beyond.

NESI is structured around five themes that will be explored in the webinars: The energy that powers all our activities; what we eat and how we produce it; where and how we choose to live in or work and get around; what we wear and how we access it; and where we invest and how money circulates. Across all six themes, we need radical transformation to co-create a wellbeing economy. This is what we are here to do together.

The NESI Forum 2019 takes place 24-26 April in Malaga, Spain – but the work to build a wellbeing economy together starts even sooner. Through a series of webinars with subject experts from around the world, you can participate actively in the “Discovery” phase prior to the forum and explore, learn and share about the existing solutions and early innovations that will enable us to Dream, Design and DO the change we want to see in the world, at NESI and beyond.

NESI is structured around five themes that will be explored in the webinars: The energy that powers all our activities; what we eat and how we produce it; where and how we choose to live in or work and get around; what we wear and how we access it; and where we invest and how money circulates. Across all six themes, we need radical transformation to co-create a wellbeing economy. This is what we are here to do together.

Join us in the journey by attending all or any of the available free webinars.

Use this Zoom link to join all of the webinars: https://zoom.us/j/756911946

  • Tuesday 12th March (4pm to 5pm) – Lars Mortensen speaks to us about “Textiles in a circular economy” (English)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-textiles-in-a-circular-economy-139690

  • Wednesday 13th March (4pm to 5pm) – Johnny Azpilicueta shares his insights about “La desmaterialización de la economía: una visión holística radical” (Spanish)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-la-desmaterializacion-de-la-economia-una-vision-holistica-ra

  • Thursday 14th March (4pm to 5pm) – Susana Martín Belmonte introduces the topic of “new financial and monetary systems to create new economies” (Spanish)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-nuevos-sistemas-monetario-y-financiero-para-crear-nuevas-eco

  • Tuesday 19th March (3pm to 4pm) – Ana Huertas helps us understand the role of “Food sovereignty for eco-social regeneration” (English)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-food-sovereignty-for-ecosocial-regeneration-429221

  • Wednesday 20th March (4pm to 5pm) – Benoît Lallemand invites us to discover how to “Make finance serve society” (English)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-making-finance-serve-society-547229

  • Thursday 21st March (4pm to 5pm) – Iñaki Alonso introduces the “Treble balance architecture for new co-housing and co-working developments” (Spanish)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-arquitectura-triple-balance-para-los-nuevos-desarrollos-de-c

  • Tuesday 26th March (4pm to 5pm) – Jonathan Schifferes  makes us reflect about “Who shapes our cities?, learning from London, Boston and Tuxtla Gutiérrez” (English)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-who-shapes-our-cities-learning-from-london-boston-and-txutla

  • Wednesday 27th March (4pm to 5pm) – Fabian Wallace-Stephens will helps us discover “What lies ahead in the future of work – thinking beyond mass automation” (English)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-what-lies-ahead-in-the-future-of-work-thinking-beyond-mass-a

  • Thursday 28th March (4pm to 5pm) – Andrea Somma shares her own personal journey “From sustainable fashion to the wellbeing economy” (Spanish)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forumarquitectura-triple-balance-para-los-nuevos-desarrollos-de-co

  • Martes 2 de Abril (4pm to 5pm) – Nicola Cerantola helps us understand “Energy & resources flows in the circular economy” (English)

https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/webinars-nesi-forum-energy-and-resources-flows-in-the-circular-economy-21183