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Happiness and Sustainability: Changing Our Approach to Growth

2024 Global Conference

Happiness and Sustainability: Changing Our Approach to Growth

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM PDT

We live in a world that often values output, busyness, and economic growth over subjective outcomes such as human joy. This panel explores the sustainability of economic growth from the perspective of happiness, discussing ways in which employers, investors, and communities can shift their approach to growth to achieve long-term, lasting human well-being. We take a scientific approach to happiness, incorporating lessons from economics, psychiatry, and neuroscience to discuss concerns such as sustainability, mental health, and societal changes resulting in growing loneliness and isolation. This panel will explore practical changes to our definition of outcomes and success, as well as daily strategies we can use to achieve a meaningful life and sustainable happiness as individuals and communities.

Maggie Switek
Senior Director, Research, Milken Institute
Jen Fisher
Human Sustainability Leader, Deloitte
Hal Hershfield
Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles
Mariano Rojas
Professor of Economics, Tecnológico Nacional de México
Robert Waldinger
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development, Massachusetts General Hospital