terça-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2010

A world beyond economic growth

"It seems the dice of day to day decision making are hugely loaded toward keeping us consuming by what psychologists call stereotype activation. I did a simple experiment: In one day I counted every advert that told buy stuff and every message that encourage me to be a good public spirited citizen. By the end of the day I’ve seen 454 adverts and just 3 good citizen messages…
I estimated that our culture stereotype activation was loaded about 180 to 1 in favor of consumerism and against citizenship."

In this podcast from January 2010, Andrew Simms explores the benefits of a world that has moved beyond economic growth.

Featuring interviews with Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Adair Turner, chair of the Financial Services Authority; Professor Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level; Larry Elliott, Economics Editor at the Guardian. (If you can't see a Windows Media Player box below, click here to download the mp3)

This programme was originally created for the BBC's World Tonight.