Prosperity for a Finite Planet


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Prosperity for a Finite Planet
Tim Jackson

1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs


For related articles and events, including an introductory essay, visit the feature page for The Five Thousand Pound Life.

As part of the consideration of Economics & Investment within the 5KL initiative, Tim Jackson will speak about the shifting paths for achieving prosperity in our lives. While economic growth was once essential in reaching our current level of development, perhaps continued growth not only sees diminishing returns, but also detracts from our present happiness and future prosperity. In a world with finite ecological limits, how do we make what we need, get it to the people who need it, and nurture what we already have?

A conversation with New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter will follow Jackson’s talk.

Tim Jackson is the author of Prosperity without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet. He is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of RESOLVE—a research group on lifestyles, values, and the environment funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

For over twenty years, Jackson has been at the forefront of research on the relationship between economic growth and the environment. During the ‘90s and ‘00s he worked extensively on the development of “adjusted” national accounts (“green GDP”) at both national and regional levels in the United Kingdom. He has also written extensively on the conceptual and empirical dimensions of the relationship between economic growth, wellbeing, and sustainability. In 2004 he was appointed Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where he led a program of work entitled Redefining Prosperity.

Eduardo Porter is a journalist with The New York Times, where he writes the Economic Scene column. He was formerly a member of The Times’ editorial board, writing on business, economics, and a mix of other matters.

Porter began his career in journalism over two decades ago as a financial reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency, in Mexico City. He was deployed as a correspondent to Tokyo and London, and in 1996 moved to São Paulo as editor of América Economía, a business magazine. In 2000, he went to work at The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles to cover the growing Hispanic population, and joined The New York Times in 2004 to cover economics.

Time & Place
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway
Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here until 5:00 p.m. on April 24.
This project is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Architectural League also thanks Frances Levine for providing research support for The Five Thousand Pound Life.