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People Power and Eco-Power: The New Economics of True Wealth and Working Well

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:00pm

World Policy Institute and Demos present:

People Power and Eco-Power:
The New Economics of True Wealth and Working Well

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 6:00pm
220 Fifth Avenue
Fifth Floor Conference Room
New York, New York

 In True Wealth, economist and best-selling author Juliet Schor argues that the old way out of an economic downturn―a debt-financed consumer boom―is no longer a viable option. With a view towards new trends in economic theory, social analysis, and ecological design, Schor reveals how innovation, macroeconomic balance, and a new attention to multiple sources of wealth --such as discretionary time, dignified work, creativity, vibrant communities and a secure sense of well-being-- can lead to a healthier environment and higher quality of life.  Arguing that plenitude is already emerging, Schor introduces a radical shift in how we think about consumer goods, value and ways to live; through an inversion of conventional economic logic, she offers a road map for achieving real prosperity, and an efficient, rewarding life in an era of high prices and traditional-resource scarcity. 

True Wealth will be on sale at the event for $10 (list price $16).

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About the Speakers:

Juliet B. Schor's research has focused on the economics of work, spending, environment, and the consumer culture. She is the author of the national best-seller The Overworked American, The Overspent American and Born to Buy. Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College, a former member of the Harvard economics department, and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. She is also a cofounder of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to ecologically and socially sustainable lifestyles, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation network on Connected Learning. 

Mijin Cha is a Senior Policy Analyst in Demos’ Sustainable Progress Initiative, working on issues including green job strategies, new metrics of progress, and alternatives to a consumer-driven economy. She was the primary author of the New York City Green-Collar Jobs Roadmap, co-released by Urban Agenda and the Center for American Progress, and previously worked on environmental justice issues in Nepal, India, and the United States.    
Lew Daly is Director of the Sustainable Progress Initiative and a Senior Fellow at Demos., where he is leading Demos’ work on promoting new metrics of progress.  His recent books include (with Gar Alperovitz) Unjust Deserts: How the Rich are Taking our Common Inheritance, and God's Economy: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State.


Thursday, October 6
6:00 to 7:30 PM


220 Fifth Avenue
Fifth Floor Conference Room
New York, NY


This event is free, but seating is limited. Registration is required to reserve a seat. RSVP by October 5 to or to the WPI events line at 212 481 5005, Option 2.

About the Sponsors:

The World Policy Institute and World Policy Journal engage fresh ideas and new voices from around the world to address critical shared challenges. We provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and public debate toward an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, effective and fair governance, and collaborative approaches to security.

Demos is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization founded in 2000. Headquartered in New York City, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country in pursuit of four overarching goals: a more equitable economy with widely shared prosperity and opportunity; a vibrant and inclusive democracy with high levels of voting and civic engagement; an empowered public sector that works for the common good; and responsible U.S. engagement in an interdependent world. Demos’s Sustainable Progress Initiative works at the intersection of environment, well-being, and economic policy, focusing on new metrics progress to support sustainability and on-the-ground models of a new economy where the priority is to sustain human and natural communities.



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