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Compassion & Transforming the Economy: Merging the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’

Join us for a live-stream of this conversation hosted by Professor Liz Grant and Dr Katherine Trebeck, University of Edinburgh.

13 March 2024
5:45pm - 7pm

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Compassion & Transforming the Economy: Merging the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’

13th March 5:45 PM 7:00 PM GMT

Is compassion relevant to the economy? Or even visa-versa?

Compassion and the economy have more to say to each other than might be obvious at first glance.

A compassionate approach that incorporates an economic lens asks questions about how the economy operates: the distribution of resources, the nature of jobs, what sort of work is paid for, costs of goods and services, and provision of amenities.

Thinking about the economy using a compassionate lens shifts the emphasis from individuals becoming more resilient, able to withstand burdens and shocks and the punches thrown at them to ask why these burdens are there in the first place, what holds these burdens in place, and how can they be removed? Economy with a compassionate lens means no less than economic system change.

Join us for a ‘conversation’ style event exploring these possibilities and how compassion requires not only transformation of the economy, but why compassion needs to be at the centre of how the change happens.

Hosted by Professor Liz Grant and Dr Katherine Trebeck (Global Compassion Initiative, EFI), the evening will feature a talk by Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Co-President of the Club of Rome) and will be followed by a dialogue with Mel Young (founder of the Homeless World Cup) and Arnaud Blandin (entrepreneur-in-residence at INSEAD).

Speaker Biographies

Sandrine Dixson-Declève is the co-president of The Club of Rome and the Executive Chair of Earth4All. She is an Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and the Wellbeing Alliance (WeAll) and a Fellow of the World Academy of Science & Art. Sandrine has sat on the European Commission’s Mission on Climate Change & Adaptation. She has also been recognised by Reuters as one of 25 global female trailblazers and by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business.

Arnaud Blandin is the visionary founder of the Beyond Ecosystem, an innovative platform dedicated to assisting organisations of varying scales in implementing and quantifying their positive impacts. With over two decades of experience in the high-tech industry, he expertly harnesses data and metrics to navigate the complexities of our world, guiding entities towards sustainable practices. Arnaud is a distinguished speaker and educator, sharing his insights and expertise at leading global institutions.

Mel Young MBE is the President and co-founder of the Homeless World Cup, an organisation established to use sport as a mechanism to create change. He co-founded The Big Issue in Scotland in 1993, the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) in 1995 and Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot) in 1999. He is Chair of Sport Scotland and is the Scotland Member of UK Sport.


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