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The UCL Institute for Global Prosperity aims to transform how we make decisions, the kinds of evidence and reasoning on which our decisions are based, and the cultural, legal and policy tools we have at our disposal.
Why we need to rethink prosperity
Sustainable prosperity is the major challenge of our
times. Orthodox growth models presume the infinite consumption of finite
planetary resources. We are on an unsustainable trajectory and we do not seem
to know how to get off.
mission at IGP is to reevaluate the way we think about prosperity. Prosperous
communities are socially inclusive, equitable, and sustainable.
world we live in faces many challenges. New
science and technology research offers many potential futures, but if one
had to choose one integrated project to be addressed by a university with all
the disciplinary resources at its disposal, it would surely be that of how we
will sustain human societies on this planet in a way that ensures the
prosperity and wellbeing of all.
problem of sustainable prosperity is not just a set of challenges about how to
manage resources better or develop new technologies, but a much more
fundamental one of values and behaviour change, about how to think and act
quite differently. To do this we will
need to rethink the fundamentals of human and societal prosperity, and the
models and methods we use for this purpose, as well as the role of research and
the purpose of the university more generally.
Image credits: Jan Hoffmann, Lensational; Carolyn Williams, UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
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