Can we build love in economics?
This article was original published in Singapore’s Salt & Light based on the interview with Karen Tan // March 15, 2018
Can we build love into economics?
We have often heard that love is the foundation of many things.
For Mark Anielski, economist, author and consultant, love should even be the bedrock of economics and business.
When Mark Anielski speaks about economics, one tends to sit up. After all, his best-selling book, The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth (2007), has helped to shape economic thought in Canada, the US, Europe, French Polynesia and China. Between 2003 and 2006, Mark served as a senior economic advisor to China, helping to develop China’s xiaokang (well-being) indicator and performance measurement system for China’s municipalities.
Love, of course, is more commonly associated with matters of the heart than economics.
Economist and author Mark Anielski is interviewed by Ted Ritzer, host of the Alberta Greening Government Speakers Series about his second forthcoming book An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness (April 2018). Mark outlines his vision for a new economic system that ties monetary policy directly to the assets of a province or nation and makes the pursuit of well-being the highest aspiration for economies. This new economic model is particularly applicable for First Nations communities throughout Canada.
In this series of articles I will attempt to present a portrait of Alberta’s performance with respect to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The first UN SDG is to eliminate Poverty. On an international level the UN’s goal is to: By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.’ Of course there are presumably no Albertans earning $1.25 a day or less!
In this series of articles I will present a portrait of Alberta’s performance with respect to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The UN SDG #2 is to achieve zero hunger. On an international level the UN’s goal is to: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Alberta is not a province which experiences hunger or malnutrition as some developing countries.
One of the sub-goals relevant to Alberta that By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.
According to provincial food security statistics, an estimated 11.5% of Albertans (the lowest rate in Canada) experience have inadequate or insecure access to food because of financial constraints, the lowest in Canada.