"Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps offers a new perspective on prosperity and the purpose of economic growth. He will look at how prosperity flourished for many nations in the 19th and early 20th centuries, how its sources were drained away in the late 20th century and what prosperity means for the next 100 years.
"Phelps will look at how real prosperity goes beyond material wealth to “flourishing” from work that is meaningful, affords self-expression and provides personal growth. Drawing on his lifetime of thinking, he will show how grassroots innovation was created from the 1820s to the mid-twentieth century and how it has been in decline ever since. In this lecture, Phelps will argue the ultimate fate of modern values is now the most pressing question for the West; will Western nations recommit themselves to modernity, grassroots dynamism, indigenous innovation, and widespread personal fulfilment, or will we go on with a narrowed innovation that limits flourishing to a few?
"His lecture will be followed by a discussion with: A C Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford"
Flourishing is one of my favorite topics, well worth considering and discussing.