24-hour webinar on Happiness and Sustainability around the Earth

Venue: online
Date: 22 April 2020

Session 2 – SDSN Greece, 11am EEST (90 minutes)

Topic: “Inclusive and sustainable economic growth and human wellbeing

World-renowned academics and international practitioners from the fields of philosophy, politics, economics, finance, engineering and innovations-related systems analysis,  will navigate the waters of the relationship between Sustainable Development and Happiness, in an exciting session searching answers to the following questions: What are the main subjective and objective components of happiness? How is morality related to happiness? How is well-being to be understood? What are the weaknesses of GDP as a measure of well-being? What are the failings of methodological individualism? What is the role of political factors, global multilateral institutions, liberalism, European integration? What is the role of financial markets? How is the protection of the environment related to sustainable growth and human well-being? Answering these questions naturally leads us to face our fear!  Can the transition to Sustainable Development happen with incremental changes? In the light of the COVID-19 health crisis and the many other crises that our generation is living through (the financial crisis 2007-08, the European debt crisis, the climate crisis) we will discuss whether what is needed now is a fundamental transformation of economic, social and financial systems that will trigger exponential change in strengthening social, economic, health and environmental resilience. Do we need big thinking and big changes? If yes, then system innovation and transitions thinking can help, and both call for intense public participation in the design of a common sustainable vision and the development of a transformation pathway of its implementation. Join us! We expect that your interventions will co-design the concluding remarks of the session!


Chair: Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, AUEB, co-chair UN SDSN Greece


·       Prof. Andreas Papandreou, NKUA, co-chair UN SDSN Greece

·       Prof. Nikitas Pittis, University of Piraeus

·       Prof. Stelios Virvidakis, NKUA, Epistemology and Ethics, Philosophy and Theory of Science and Technology

·       Prof. Vasso Kindi, NKUA, 20th Century Analytical Philosophy and Philosophy of Science

·       Prof. George Pagoulatos, AUEB, European Politics

·       Prof. Nikos Theodossiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, chair UN SDSN Black Sea 


Moderator: Lydia Papadaki, manager UN SDSN Greece


Find more at: https://www.unsdsn.org/24hour-webignar


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