Mark Anielski

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Mark Anielski

Mark Anielski is a economic entrepreneur specializing in measuring well-being and happiness of nations, communities and businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Economics (1981) and Forests Science (1984), and obtained a Masters in Science in Forest Economics (1991). For ten years (2003-2012) he was the founding professor of corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship for graduate (MBA) students at the University of Alberta’s School of Business. He has lectured internationally and taught the economics of happiness and well-being at universities in Canada, the US, China and Austria.

The Economics of Happiness BookHe is the author of the best-selling book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, which was released in China in 2010.  In 2008, his book won the gold medal in the Conscious Business and Leadership category at the Los Angeles Nautilus Book Awards. The book also won a bronze medal at the Axiom Book Awards in New York in the category of economics. In 2008 Alberta Venture magazine named him one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people.

He has served as an economic strategist and advisor to governments, business, non-profits, financial institutions (investment banking) in Canada, the US, Europe, China, Bhutan and Tahiti. His intuitive analytic skills combines the best of economics, accounting and forest ecology into a new form of economic analysis that focuses on well-being impacts and well-being value investment. For 25 years he has dedicated his time in service to building a new economy based on well-being.

He believes passionately that what we measure reveals of true values. Genuine value investment and decision making should be focused on answering the question: what is the expected well-being impact? He believes that our measures of success should be focused on well-being, people, the planet and then financial profitability.

He is currently developing a new generation of Well-being Impact analytic tools to support social impact value investing, workplace well-being, community asset development, and a new generation of what Mark calls Well-being Corporations. He is currently working with a new generation of  investment bankers in London and the U.S. on the development community asset-based well-being funds investment supported by Well-being Impact analytic tools that assesses and verifies the highest and best use of natural, human and social capital asset.

In 2012 Mark co-founded the Genuine Wealth Inc., an economic policy think-tank dedicated to the development and application of the Genuine Wealth model that measures the well-being impact of public policies, community asset development and sustainable businesses.

Cell: 780.964.0090

What I believe

I believe we are at an important juncture in history. While world faces many serious crisis including climate change and a massive international debt overload, I believe we hare opportunities to redefine progress, wealth and economics that focuses on well-being as the ultimate frontier. This I believe begins with measure what matters to our well-being; their is an adage that ‘what we measure gets managed.’

My vision is an economy of well-being focused on the values we hold most important our personal well-being and the well-being of our families. The family or household, I believe, represents the original enterprise and the key building block for building the new flourishing neighbourhood and economy of well-being. I often remind my audiencies that the word economy means prudent household management from the Greek word oiko-nomia.

I believe that well-being should be the ultimate ‘bottom line’ for individuals, businesses and communities.  I believe what we measure reveals our values and our heart’s deepest longings for joy and love. I agree with Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas that the purpose of our lives is to achieve happiness or eudaimonia. Eudaimonia is difficult to define, however, etymologically this Greek word means ‘well-being, of spirit.’ So genuine happiness has something to do with the excellence of one’s soul, aligning the mind with the passions of the heart, and fulfilling one’s vocation or higher purpose or calling in life.


5 Responses to Mark Anielski

  1. Daryl says:

    good book, btw. I recently googled for some info about it only to find that there is a movie out now by the same name. The producers (or PR rep, anyway) said it had nothing to do with your book. Is that legal? It seems to me like there’s quite a bit of overlap.

    I guess as long as everyone is fighting for the same thing it’s okay?

    • Hi Daryl, thanks for writing and apologies for not getting back to you any sooner. The documentary movie The Economics of Happiness came out sometime after my book was published (May 2007). I don’t mind the film’s producer, Helena Norberg Hodge using the same title for their movie if they had only had the courtesy to contact me and alert me of their forthcoming film. Ironically, many of the people featured in her film are colleagues or friends of mine. To believe she was not aware of my book is hard to believe. I don’t see any use in fighting with Helena since our respective messages are complimentary though my book deals with other subjects she does not cover in her film.
      Many people thought that her movie was a documentary based on my book.
      The only thing that matters to me is that a healthy and robust conversation is catalyzed by my book and her movie.
      cheers and thanks for writing
      Mark Anielski
      The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth

  2. Alan Blanes says:

    I admire greatly what you are doing, Mark. I strongly believe that the only way that humanity will have the capacity to face crises by setting public goals, would be if we are able to affirm rule of law in the sale of securities and banning all forms of deception in commerce.

    Naomi Klein documented in her Distinguished Speaker Series talk on behalf of UBCO in Kelowna last month, that the federal government has cut back its stated ability to put into effect its COP21 goals to a quarter of what was agreed to in December 2015 in Paris. This will require that the areas of dysfunctionality that she itemized in the areas of de-regulation and privatization has hollowed out the capacity of governments to do their job.

    I would like to find out how Blue Dot Campaign, LEAP Manifesto and Idle No More may be able to assert traditional cultural standards that would underlay a rule of law ethos in securities governance…It would be great to get your views on this.

    Alan Blanes
    Ph 250-300-8400

    • Dear Alan, thanks for reaching out. You caught my interest with your questions about how traditional cultural standards or values could be more effective asserted in our country as it pertains to ‘securities’ governance. What precisely do you have in mind? I provide some economic strategic counsel to First Nations on the subject on weaving traditional values into a new framework for governance of First Nations ‘genuine wealth’, namely natural, social, cultural, and people (gifts, skills, competencies) assets. Perhaps you can spell out what you envision? Mark

  3. Alan Blanes says:

    Thanks very much for the response, Mark. I would like to see an end to the ritual in securities governance of looking at reviews of the SRO self governing model – and seeing numerous examples of where it amounts to nothing but an open door to impunity for deceptive dealers. It would be very interesting to see if a tag-team between those groups that are critical of the derailed and counterproductive services from investment regulative agencies – and the organizations that see North America as Turtle Island – and that protection of the next 7 generations is a sacred obligation. This goal could only be accomplished, in my view, if we are to organize to get governance of investment adhering to traditional methods of accounting for actions. The deregulated, self regulating structure only indulges the industry – and has demonstrated zero regard for the future trustworthiness of investment governance.

    I would like to get your views on this clip: I would like to get the comment link for:

    Your insight into how to create concord between the forces that want restoration of legitimate rule of law would be most appreciated.


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