First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon delivered a TED Talk on why governments should prioritise wellbeing in their approaches to economics.

Saying that she is determined Scotland will be a country that helps influence the world to “put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do”, Sturgeon spoke about the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership between Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand.

The audience applauded several times, including when  the First Minister spoke about the importance of female leadership, and when she said:

“Growth in GDP should not be pursued at any and all cost … The goal of economic policy should be collective well-being: how happy and healthy a population is, not just how wealthy a population is.”

Watch the talk here, and please share widely.


Photo Ryan Lash/TED

1 reply
  1. Margaret Brown
    Margaret Brown says:

    Well done Nicola….what we need to know now is how…where do we start in our small ways as individuals within the all powerful economic system that will always put profit first. Our education system is geared to fit this requirement and not to enabling all children to realise their potential.

    Small is beautiful…we need something we could identify with, somewhere we could try a new model of governance, somewhere we could nurture hope for a more unified and happier society….Scotland ?

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