Prosperity and Growth | Church House and Parliament to host two events in London on 28 November



The Church House and the House of Commons will host two events – a dialogue on The Nature of Prosperity and a debate titled ‘The End of Growth’ – in London on 28 November 2016.


Event 1 | Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope


The first event, the Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope, will take place at the Church House, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ on 28 November 2016 from 1.30 to 5.30pm.


This is the second of the series of dialogues on the Nature of Prosperity, organised by the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). The first event was held in May 2016.


This second event will comprise two keynotes:

  • The Audacity of Hope | Baron Rowan Williams, chair of the dialogues
  • Reinventing prosperity | Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study) and Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome)


In his keynote Baron Rowan Williams will set out his own vision for a lasting and inclusive prosperity, particularly reflecting on the role of hope in a changing and uncertain world.


Professor Jørgen Randers and Dr Graeme Maxton will present their new book Reinventing Prosperity, which outlines “thirteen politically feasible proposals to improve our world”. You can read Its first chapter can be accessed on the Club of Rome website free of charge (see link below this post).


Dr Camilla Toulmin (Chair CUSP Advisory Board; Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University; and Senior Fellow, Climate Change, International Institute for Environment and Development IIED) will facilitate the subsequent discussion sessions.


Professor Tim Jackson (CUSP Director and Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey) will deliver the welcome and introduction and the closing remarks.


The event will also feature an exhibition titled ‘A dream of a low carbon future’ during the refreshments and will end with a book signing with drinks reception.


The event is free to attend but registration is required on its Eventbrite page (see link below).


The Nature of Prosperity series of public debates, hosted by CUSP, engages young and old alike across business, policy and civil society in perhaps the biggest question of our time: What does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?


The inaugural event was held at the same venue on 23 May 2016.


The CUSP is a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).



Event 2 | The End of Growth? Debate


The second event, a debate titled ‘The End of Growth?’ will take place in the House of Commons in London on 28 November 2016 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.


Hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth, this debate will focus on this question:

In a world of environmental and social limits, is there still a role for economic growth in delivering a sustainable prosperity?


The panel will comprise:

  • Federico Demaria (co-editor of Degrowth – A vocabulary for a new era)
  • Dr Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome)
  • Professor Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study)
  • Kate Raworth (author of Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist)


The debate will be chaired by Caroline Lucas, MP.


The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Limits to Growth aims to provide a new platform for cross-party dialogue on economic growth in a time of environmental and social transition. It is chaired by Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and co-chaired by George Kerevan MP (SNP) and Daniel Zeichner MP (Labour).


Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites; photos of the first Nature of Prosperity event in May are by Asitha Jayawardena




Nature of Prosperity Dialogue: The Audacity of Hope:


The End of Growth? Debate | webpage


Book | Reinventing Prosperity (Read first chapter here for FREE)


Doughnut Economics | Kate Raworth


Degrowth | Federico Demaria


CUSP Working Paper Series No 2 | Beyond Consumer Capitalism – Foundations for a Sustainable Prosperity, by Prof Tim Jackson



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