Wellbeing and a Post Growth Economy

In conversation with co-author of The Economics of Arrival, Katherine Trebeck, and Melanie Greblo

Thursday 26 September 2019

6.00pm - 8.30pm

Work Club Barangaroo

Level 6/201 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000

This event is proudly presented by Florence Guild By Work Club, Orange Compass, and Talking Sticks.

Complimentary glass on arrival and refreshments provided.

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It’s a largely unquestioned assumption that any and all economic growth is good. Many of the world’s developed countries, which already have a surplus of wealth and resources, continue to pursue economic growth as an end in itself. In Western culture our wellbeing has been left as an afterthought as we’ve been seduced by the promises of relentless growth, and could all this unchecked growth end up also hurting the citizens of less-developed nations, making escape from poverty impossible?

Wellbeing is becoming increasingly relevant in all aspects of society. Nations like New Zealand have admitted the need to address the societal wellbeing of their nation - by assigning a new 'well-being budget'- and not just the economic wellbeing or GDP.


It’s been 51 years since Robert Kennedy made a famous speech spelling out the inadequacy of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of societal progress, saying that, “it measures everything, in short, apart from that which makes life worthwhile”.

The current economic system has become addicted to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth at all costs and has lost sight of the larger goal of sustainable wellbeing. It needs to be fundamentally transformed into a wellbeing economy which is aimed at achieving dignity and fairness, for humans and the rest of nature.

First and foremost, a wellbeing economy is designed to serve people and communities in order to drive human and ecological wellbeing. Building this new economy is not a case of starting from scratch: the evidence for change exists, many of the ideas needed are already available and a range of existing projects are thriving, we need only look to Bhutan and their measure of Gross Domestic Happiness. 

In The Economics of Arrival, Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams put forth a provocative idea: moving away from economic expansion toward economic inclusion. Using global examples, they argue for an economy that delivers quality rather than quantity—an economy for everyone.

In partnership with Orange Compass and Florence Guild by Work Club we are delighted to bring you an evening of provocative and transforming conversation with author Katherine Trebeck in a fireside chat with our Founder, Melanie Greblo. 

Join us as we ask ourselves some essential questions around wellbeing – if it is our new wealth, how do we change our mindset from economic success to wellbeing success? Are the two mutually exclusive? What makes us happy today? How do we measure it? And in the business realm, how do we align our wellbeing strategies with our greater purpose and ‘why’?

Books will be available to purchase at the event, and book signing will take place after the conversation.


With their concept of ‘arriving’, the authors provide fodder for exciting debate on humanity’s most important project, the search for wellbeing alternatives that will help make peace with the earth

Ashish Kothari, Kalpavriksh, and co-editor of Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary



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Katherine Trebeck is a researcher and advocate for a new economic paradigm and is based in Scotland. She has many years’ experience, including as Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and over eight years for Oxfam GB. She has a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University and honorary posts with the University of Strathclyde and the University of the West of Scotland.

Her work has ranged from construction of a new measure of progress for Scotland to rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies and Sustainability project.

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