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The Economics of Well-Being

The Economics of Well-Being

By Mark Anielski
Hi I’m Mark Anielski an economist and the author of An Economy of Well-being: Common Sense Tools for Building Genuine Wealth and Happiness and the award-winning book The Economics of Happiness.
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#43. Kelly Rudyk: Hyyge (Well-being) Economics for Alberta and Canada in a post-Covid world.

The Economics of Well-Being

#43. Kelly Rudyk: Hyyge (Well-being) Economics for Alberta and Canada in a post-Covid world.

The Economics of Well-Being

#56: Dr. Julia Kim measuring gross national happiness in Bhutan and Canada
Dr. Julia Kim is a leading expert in global health and wellbeing and the Program Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan Through local and international partnerships, the GNH Centre designs experiential leadership and action programs that promote a more flourishing, equitable, and sustainable world - based on New Economics principles, alternative progress measures, sustainable development, and the growing science of wellbeing. Prior to living in Bhutan, Julia worked as a physician and HIV researcher in Africa and Asia, before serving with UNDP and UNICEF in New York. She brings a background in transformative leadership development, systems change, research, and policy in the fields of wellbeing economics, global health and development. She is a member of the Club of Rome, and an associate of the Presencing Institute - a global network integrating awareness-based practices as a core capacity of 21st-century innovation and leadership. Julia holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Manitoba, Tufts University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
October 16, 2020
#55: Dr. Clinton Bliss: Transitioning to an Economy of Well-being, after the pandemic ends
Dr. Clinton Bliss Clinton Bliss MD is the Medical Director of Bliss Medical Center.  He is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Medicine, and practices Family and Emergency Medicine in Washington State.  He is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Happiness Alliance, a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the quality of life of individuals and communities around the world through education and community engagement.  He lives in Seattle with his partner Laura Musikanski. Clinton and I discuss the current state of a pandemic economy, how his patients and people in general are coping. We touch on his most recent co-authored article titled When Will the Pandemic End? Suggestions for US Communities to Manage Well-being in the Face of Covid-19 When Will the Pandemic End? Suggestions for US Communities to Manage Well-Being in the Face of COVID-19 Clinton believes that in order to flourish in the midst of a pandemic, community plans should be based on a community development (CD) approach and should entail inclusive and participatory decision-making process that engage young people. Communities should use this time to transition to a well-being-based local economy and implement interventions that allow for human interaction such as negative pressure ventilation and filtration of air in indoor spaces, availability of universal testing, contract tracing and the widespread use of personal powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs).
September 22, 2020
#54: Bob Willard: Seven Bold Strokes in building an economy of well-being for Canada
Bob Willard (August 28, 2020) Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given over 1,300 presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities by using smart environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies. He has authored six books: The Sustainability Advantage (2002), The Next Sustainability Wave (2005), The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook (2009), The New Sustainability Advantage (2012), Future-Fit Business Benchmark (co-authored Release 1, 2016), and the free, open-source Sustainability ROI Workbook (2017) Bob serves on the board of the Future-Fit Foundation and the B Corp Standards Advisory Council. Bob received a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto in 2005. Bob has just released his 'white paper' called Seven Bold Strokes. He notes: "We are at a pivotal point in the course of human civilization. We need to acknowledge that the system that got us into this global quagmire is not fit for our future. Let’s capitalize on this rare opportunity to truly transform global systems.....It’s easy to criticize the status quo. There have been glaringly obvious national and global failures to mitigate our current crises effectively, let alone prepare for them. But it’s time to challenge ourselves to propose what we would do if we were in charge of the world. If we had a magic wand, what are the actions that we would immediately take to transform our world to a more resilient, just, inclusive and safe socioeconomic system?” You can read his white paper at
August 31, 2020
#53: Desmond Wong: A Singaporean perspective on an economy of hope and well-being
Desmond Wong (a 34 year-old Singaporean) and I discuss the opportunities that Singapore presents to the world as an emerging Asian model for an economy of well-being. Having visited Singapore twice in 2018 I came to a deep appreciation of the the potential of this small Asian nation to become one of the most successful working models of an economy of well-being. We also cover the important influence of German philosopher Max Scheler (1874-1928) whose writings on ethics and values influenced the thinking of Pope John Paul II. on his own notion of a Civilization of Love. Who is Desmond Wong? He is a Singaporean Catholic who pursued his calling into the plural sector, from “grassroots and boots” to consulting for charities, government, and philanthropists. He has presented case studies on community operational research (OR) in China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Desmond believes that purpose must inform our apparatus and actions, and that only people have phenomenal value, in every sense of the phrase. Rather than Pilatian listening to the crowds, we would do better by revisiting what is meaningful to us as living communities. Rather than ideology, we would do better in the light of both faith and reason, and the experience of love that takes us out of our comfort zone and sends us into the world. Desmond holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration, University of Hull, United Kingdom, a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Psychology, Executive Education from Harvard University, United States, and is Full Member of the Singapore Psychological Society. “If we do not face our wounds, we will inflict wounds on others … We need to be found and carried … by someone who will leave the 99 … why? The shepherd says … ‘You may be a wounded sheep or a lost, useless coin, but … Here I AM … have no fear … your wounds, your sins can never diminish your worth for me’.” – Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
August 26, 2020
#52: Katherine Trebeck: How the Wellbeing Economy Alliance is helping to build economies of well-being around the world.
Episode #52: Katherine Trebeck Katherine Trebeck is one of the co-founders of the international Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEALL) and his headquartered in Glasgow Scotland. Katherine and I discuss the opportunities for building new economies of well-being around the world whether in her home in Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland and now Amsterdam. The Covid-19 situation has challenged every nation to consider an alternative economic system that focuses more on building back better where better is defined more in terms of improving the conditions of well-being for all rather than purely maximizing GDP or economic growth. Katherine is the Policy and Knowledge lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, which works to amplify the work of others in the movement for a wellbeing economy. Her book The Economics of Arrival co-authored with Jeremy Williams, explores a new mantra for development that shifts attention from growth to quality and distribution of economic activity as we seek to 'make ourselves at home’ in a wealthy world. Before her current role, Katherine was Policy and Advocacy Manager for Oxfam’s UK Programme, and prior to this, she led research and policy for Oxfam’s Scotland office. Here she developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index, a measure of Scotland’s real prosperity developed through wide-ranging community consultation. She has been a Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow where her work included analysis of community development, corporate social responsibility and social housing. Katherine has a PhD in political science from The Australian National University, where her thesis considered techniques utilised by Aboriginal communities to compel mining companies to recognise and respond to community demands. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde.
August 1, 2020
#51. Kai-Lee Worsley: Inspired to transcend poverty
July 14, 2020 Kai-Lee Worsley is 22 year old student at NAIT and aspiring business leader from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She grew up in a low-income household raised by her amazing single mother in one of the 6,000 affordable housing apartments managed by Edmonton’s Capital Region Housing Corporation. She boldly reached out to me one day on Linkedin having heard the podcast interview with Greg Dwelling, the CEO of Capital Region Housing Corp. She suggested that I might want to hear her story about growing up in so-called poverty and some of the opportunities she sees for people like herself to aspire to a better life and leave the intergenerational challenges of poverty behind. Kai Lee is currently working for Ruby Kaur, the owner of Block 1912 cafe on Whyte Avenue as the café’s social media manager. Her goal is to help the works of young artists especially those like her who have grown up in poverty and whose artist talents have a reason to be discovered by us all. Kai Lee is an inspiration to all of us to pursue your dreams and genuine happiness by simply celebrating the gifts of our spirit!
July 15, 2020
#50: Ciara Dolby: A Journey Into the Heart and Wisdom of China
Ciara Dolby (24) is a  remarkable young British woman, who has gained profound insights into the heart and soul of China, the Chinese language and culture.  Her passion (and humility) for learning about China and becoming fluent in Mandarin has given her rare and unique insights into one of the world's oldest civilizations and most complex cultures.  She shares her insights into the complex nature of China and gives us a glimpse of why the ancient Chinese Confucian and Taoist philosophies and basis of living (and governance) may be the basis of our world finding renewed balance and harmony, where disharmony and even chaos threaten our world. Ciara holds a Bsc from the University of Nottingham (England) in the ‘Business and Economy of Contemporary China’ and a Masters in Mandarin through a Confucius Institute Scholarship. She currently works for PwC (London) in the China tax team and sees her future in continuing to work as a cultural bridge between the East and the West in other aspects. Recognising that both language and culture are multifaceted she spent 3 years in China studying, working, living with an indigenous family and immersing herself in all aspects to more profoundly understand the traditional Chinese culture and she wishes to continue on this journey to seek her fulfilment in the East-West relations.
July 4, 2020
#49: Yannick Beaudoin: Charting a path for Canada as a model of an economy of well-being
#49. May 26, 2016. Yannick Beaudoin Yannick Beaudoin is the Director General for Ontario and Northern Canada for the David Suzuki Foundation. He is schooled in economics for transition to socially and ecologically sustainable societies; social innovation processes and transformational leadership; marine and economic geology. Yannick holds an: Masters of Arts in Economics for Transition to Social-Ecological Economics) and a Ph.D. Marine Geology. He was the Former Chief Scientist with GRID-Arendal – a United Nations Environment Programme. Yannick has witnessed the flaws and failings of old economic thinking and practice. He sees an opportunity emerging for Canada to lead the way in innovating a new ‘well-being economy’, designed to benefit all people and nature. Yannick and I, along with other economists, have been crafting a new post-pandemic well-being focused economic system for Canada that we hope will receive serious attention by the Government of Canada and eventually provincial governments. Like New Zealand, which tabled its first Well-being Budget in 2019, Canada might become another model for a well-being economy.
June 2, 2020
#48. Enid Dufresne-Dario: Sustaining a local cafe (Junifer Cafe and Bistro) through the Covid-19 pandemic
#48. May 18, 2020. Enid Dufresne-Dario is an Edmonton entrepreneur, Co-Owner and CVO of Edmonton-based Juniper Cafe & Bistro, a local neighbourhood cafe located in the Strathearn community. Juniper Cafe and Bistro was born 5 years ago a shared vision of Enid and her husband Kenny Dario. I spoke with Enid about the challenges their local cafe has faced over the past two month Covid-19 pandemic, navigating the challenges of a temporary closure and how they plan to resume their operations with fewer tables and customers served. How can this jewel of a local cafe remain resilient and sustainable?  I believe Juniper is a model of an enterprise or business that espouses the principles of well-being in the business world, committed to building enduring relationships of trust with employee and the providing customers with the highest possible value in both food and a place to gather as neighbours and friends. Juniper was created as an entrepreneurial venture born out of a desire to take your family and friend’s kitchen-get-togethers to a larger space where  more friends could enjoy great food, beverages and lots of laughter. The food Juniper prepares is fresh, seasonal, local and homemade. Enid and Dario choose organic and local products, whenever possible. Breakfast can be as simple as a fresh-baked scone and a coffee to our signature hand-held bennie. Lunch features fresh salads, soups and hand-crafted sandwiches. Juniper plans to reopen Sunday June 14, 2020 for their beloved brunch... while fewer tables can be served, the same beloved food will again be available for friends and neighbours who experience Juniper like home and family.
May 27, 2020
#46. Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse: Indigenous Love Medicine
#46, May 11, 2020 Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse is Cree and Mohawk from Michel First Nation. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Faculty of Native Studies and is completing an MSc with the Faculty of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. Jodi is the founder and co-owner of Miyo-Pimatisiwin Productions and is also the producer and broadcaster of an award-winning Indigenous radio program called Acimowin. Jodi’s interests are Indigenous media, Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous feminism, social innovation and Indigenous futurisms. Her work is dedicated to uplifting Indigenous peoples, stories, traditions and laws. Jodi and I are in the process of co-producing a series called Love Medicine; a series of interviews with indigenous and non-indigenous wisdom keepers, elders and inspired individuals whose stories remind us that love is indeed the most powerful of all medicines.
May 22, 2020
#47. Rozanna Wyatt: How to pursue of life of purpose and joy in an uncertain Covid world.
#47. May 22, 2020. Rozanna, a good friend and executive and life coach, joined me today to talk about what she is seeing in her many clients after more than 2 months of this Covid crisis. She shares some of her most important coaching tips on how we can find that path of joy and purpose by being more present to the NOW, of forgiving oneself (and therefore others) and with discipline follow a path that ultimately is one of love. Rozanna Wyatt is an expert executive and life coach that helps top leaders and high achievers around the globe take their life, performance, and success to the next level. With fourteen years of impactful experience, Rozanna is able to shift the confidence and mindset of those she works with so they can experience the extraordinary impact they’re looking for in their lives. Rozanna takes pride in receiving feedback like this from her clients: "The expression "you don't know what you don't know" is precisely why engaging in coaching with Rozanna is the 1-2 MUST combination for anyone who is driven to take their performance to the next level. Rozanna has guided me beyond that elusive something I knew I was missing but couldn't see or grasp; to new insights, solutions, and strategies. I have a new vision, improved performance, results, and reality. I reached out to her and have never looked back since!" - Senior Leader
May 22, 2020
#45. Ellen Brown and Walt McCree: Could public banks create money without cost after the Covid economic crisis has waned?
#45. May 4, 2020.  Ellen Brown, a public banking expert, author and founder of the Public Banking Institute, joins Walt McCree of the Public Bank Associates today (May 4, 2020) to discuss their ideas of what role a renewed Bank of Canada and public banks (like ATB Financial in Alberta) might play in creating interest-free money, ensuring a Universal Basic Income and slowly extinguishing mountains of unrepayable debt of governments and households. In last 11 minutes of this program I discuss the historical role of the Bank of Canada that prior to 1974 created interest-free debt money for the federal and provincial government. Today that mountain of debt exceeds $1.4 trillion for both provincial and federal governments with interest charges consuming large portions of government operating budgets. Could the Covid-19 crisis and the economic emergency Canada finds itself in be a catalyst for restoring the original mandate of the Bank of Canada along with the mandate of provincial (or state) public banks like Alberta Treasury Branches to create the necessary money to cover government operating deficits and reduce the burden of hidden interest charges in the costs of living (including taxes) of Canadian households? The cost savings to Canadian households of eliminating interest charges on public debt sold to private markets would be tremendous, effectively reducing the number of hours we currently have to work to pay for these interest charges. Could the creation of money by a renewed public central bank become a public utility without the unnecessary cost of interest charges? I believe so. Consider, for example, that for every $1.00 of the average American household income, roughly $0.45 is currently going to pay for hidden interest charges in all goods, services and government programs (taxers) that are associated with over $73 trillion in outstanding government, household, and business debts. This total debt continues to growth doubling roughly 7-8 years through the power of compound interest.
May 4, 2020
#44. Ad Broere: Dutch Economist envision a new financial future
#44. Ad Broere is a Dutch economist based in Amsterdam with forty years of experience in business, banking and education.  Ad has been active as an author and publicist since 2007.  He has written five books including: A Human Economy (2009), Ending the Global Casino (2010), Money comes from Nothing (2012), Hanneke de Vries borrows money from the bank (2015) and Money in the Supporting Role (2018). In 2014, he was one of the three initiators of the Citizen Initiative Our Money, which brought it to the House of Representatives in the Hague. Ad envisions a new financial future where money is no longer our master but in service to our common good and well-being.
May 4, 2020
#43. Kelly Rudyk: Hyyge (Well-being) Economics for Alberta and Canada in a post-Covid world.
#43.  April 18, 2020. Economist Kelly Rudyk joins me today to talk about his vision for Alberta's economy during this most difficult of economic times when oil has entered negative territory and Alberta's financial debts are ballooning.  Kelly spend 28 years with Strathcona County (Sherwood Park, Alberta) in the capacity of senior economist and head of the strategic planning process. He was instrumental in introducing priority-based budgeting process. Kelly founded his consulting firm in 2019 with a vision of  pushing the boundaries of strategic planning and building alignment with organizational functions. He is passionate about the Danish cultural attribute called Hygge, which is a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. During a time of self-isolation and economic angst, this might be the best time for Albertans to contemplate a future based on Hygge and well-being, learning from the Danes who are consistently the happiest nations on the planet.
April 24, 2020
#42. Could a universal basic income for Canada save our economic lives during this pandemic and usher in a new economy of well-being?
#42. April 21, 2020. Author and public banking expert Ellen Brown (author of The Public Bank Solution) explores the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) which Spain recently announced as its national strategy to help individuals and households survive during this Covid-19 pandemic and the economic shut-down that has impacted the whole world. What is a Universal Basic Income (UBI)?  How might a UBI work in Canada?  What are the potential pitfalls of a UBI? Who and how would it be funded in Canada or other countries?  What role could the central banks of our nations play in financing a basic income? What does China (which adopted Abraham Lincoln's model of sovereign money creation) have to teach Canada, the US and Europe about creating money in sufficient supply without the cost of interest charges and compound interest, while providing enough money for living wages and sufficient liquidity to invest in the real potential of the nation's human, cultural, produced and natural assets? Is this crisis an opportunity for Canada to advance a working model of an economy of well-being, well-being based budgeting and well-being-based monetary polices of the Bank of Canada?
April 21, 2020
#41. Ivo Valkenburg: Spirit in Finance and Love Made Visible
#41.  April 20, 2020. My Dutch friend Ivo Valkenburg joins me today from his home in Transylvania (Romania) to talk about his recent book Pure Life: A Plea for Love as Legal Tender. During this time of Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic challenges we all face, is there hope for a new financial future and money system based on love? Ivo has a passion for an economy based on well-being and a money system based on love.. Ivo is a champion for enabling an economy of well-being and happiness. He goes for essential innovation of classic thinking models and their practical application. In doing so, he looks beyond the material side of life. As the highest ideal, he considers that all living things on planet earth return to the original state of being. Liberated from all illusion and freedom. Restored in connection with himself and everything that is. From the source power of every being. As a gift from the original world. His great passion is LOVE. From there he contributes where possible to bringing the human aspect to life in work and economy to life. To this end he invites people, companies and organizations to the power of his, and the power of love, without judgment or expectations, practical to apply in all aspects of life. For this he facilitates people, individually, and in relation to others, both business and private, in the discovery process of who they really are. Plenty of time and space is created to work from rest and nature on the recovery and use of the human resource in daily life. I wrote the following forward to Ivo's book Pure Life "'Ivo Valkenburg brings the world an important antidote to a global pandemic of debt money enslavement and trauma. Thank goodness that he did not despair over his financial problems and leave this earth, but instead chose to stay with us with a renewed passion for LOVE and a reminder that we all can and must pursue a pure life. ' You can learn more about Ivo's work on the website Love Made Visible , where there are new examples every day of people and companies where love, passion, mission, profession, vocation and money come together in the beautiful initiatives in areas such as education, health and economy.
April 21, 2020
#40. Economy of Love or a Dark Age Ahead? NOW is the TIME to ACT.
#40. April 9, 2020. This is a private broadcast of hope and love that is similar to the daily Covid-19 briefings of our Prime Minster Trudeau, of our presidents, our premiers or health officials.  It is now clear that economic life as we experienced it back in December 2019 will be radically changed possibly forever. How will be survive economically when millions are unemployed and where governments have no recourse but to drop money into our bank accounts like magic? Is the virus a wake up call to all humanity to re-establish a new economy based on love, reciprocity, and natural laws? Is this the end of an era of greed and the love of money? We have new models of creating money without debt. We have public banking systems like ATB Financial in my home province of Alberta, Canada and we can return central banks to their rightful place as public banks creating money without interest (rejecting usury and John Maynard Keynes rebuked this practice of debt money creation as a 'misdemeanour' in 1930). We the people have the power to return on the ancient laws of Sumeria in which all debts were forgiven every 7 years, what the Jews adopted as their Jubilee laws. What would happen if we erased and forgave the $75 trillion + (the bailout monies now in $4-7 trillion) of US debt that consumes over 50% of the average American's annual income in the form of hidden interest charges? That would free all of us from what is essentially a form of debt slavery? Can we come out of the modern version of Pharaohs Egypt like the Israelites did when they followed Moses into the Sinai trusting in God's providence and love? We can be our own Moses. Love is an action of free will. And 'power' means in French 'to be able.' Let's end the economic nightmare that has caused so much pain and suffering to millions of souls. It's TIME!
April 9, 2020
#39. A Story Waiting to Pierce Us: What Now? Kristin Eggen (Norway) and the Wisdom of Ancient People
#39. April 5, 2020. Kristin Eggen is a high-school teacher from Oslo, Noway. She teaches law, religion and philosophy. Kristin and I spoke about her current experiences under a Covid-19 pandemic and self-isolation in her home in Oslo. What she is experiencing and her students? Can we imagine a new economic future? What do ancient cultures and civilizations have to teach us in this moment when all of us sit at home, our lives on pause, looking in the mirror of our own conscience? I start this special podcast show with a reading from a remarkable book by Peter Kingsley "A Story Waiting to Pierce You.' Peter, a Jungian and Greek scholar, reflects on the diaries of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) who reveals that his inspirations for mathematics and philosophy that has shaped Western civilizations originated from the east, from an indigenous mystic named Abaris who came from Mongolia to teach Pythagoras ancient indigenous wisdom. Kingsley writes "Cultures (and civilizations) are created and destroyed in ecstasy" -- which in Greek means 'to drive out of one's mind' or used by 17c. mystical writers for "a state of rapture that stupefied the body while the soul contemplated divine things," Kingsley notes "For each moment in between (between cultures created or destroyed) there is nothing that keeps a world alive aside from the breath of ecstatics."
April 5, 2020
#38. A Story Waiting to Pierce Us: Economic Possibilities for our Children with Kristin Eggen
#38. April 4, 2020. A Story Waiting to Pierce Us: Economic Possibilities for Our Children with Kristin Eggen from Norway. Is the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis an opportunity to dream a new dream and an economic future based on love? Where nature will remind us that cooperation is a fundamental rule of our collective flourishing? In the end, LOVE works. Oslo (Norway)-based high school teacher Kristin Eggen joins me today to explore my ideas about how the world might get through this economic pandemic that has gripped the world, the outcome of a coronavirus (Covid-19) that has paralyzed our lives. Kristin teaches law, religion and philosophy to the next generation of our leaders. We explore the possible options for how nations can adopt new monetary and economic systems that would provide sufficient income for a good life. Can we reboot the global economic hard drive to eliminate all debt and align money creation with well-being and even love?  Is this economic crisis the window we have long been waiting for to test new monetary systems whether in Canada, Norway, Singapore or the USA?
April 4, 2020
#37. Shawn Anderson: Imagining a new financial architecture in a post-Covid-19 Crisis world.
#37. March 30, 2020. Canadian financial data scientist Shawn Anderson joins me to do to discuss his ideas of a new financial architecture in a post-Covid-19 economy. Shawn Anderson is a self-described ‘Yogi hacker and financial data scientist’. He is a young Canadian entrepreneur with a background in computing science, AI engineering, and big data. For over 7 years he has been studying and applying AI algorithms in industry and academia. Shawn was fortunate to begin his career by studying under Dr. Richard Sutton, now distinguished professor with Google’s Deepmind, at The University of Alberta, and is now extremely excited about the applications of AI algorithms to the domain of financial science and engineering, a field still in the early stages of its infancy, but essential for the stability of human society as it becomes globally inter-connected across the planet. For this reason, he has founded the BC-based FinTech startup, Longtail Financial, a research firm investigating the application of emerging software technologies to the domain of finance. LTF has been making a name for itself in the blockchain world as it is providing tokenomics engineering for ambitious crypto-projects such as the Ubuntu Coin Foundation, an African-based organization that is aiming to provide essential financial services across Africa. Shawn is a passionate advocate for embracing decentralized financial systems such as Bitcoin and Ethereum as useful tools for communities and individuals that are looking to diversify their portfolios with non-correlated assets. Additionally, he endorses these protocols as serving incredibly valuable functions in their ability to transmit money quickly and cheaply around the globe, and issue programmable money, known as smart contracts. Shawn proposes decentralized systems as more efficient alternatives to traditional finance, which allows for cheaper goods and services for consumers, and higher profit margins for value producers. Shawn takes this passion a step further by proposing that decentralized systems offer key solutions to catalyze sustainable development, open knowledge sharing, and enable governance systems that we will need for the challenges we currently face as a global community. You can follow Shawn on twitter or follow up by email: Twitter: Email: And for more information on Longtail Financial: Twitter: Website:
March 31, 2020
#36. Stef Kyupers: And then what shall we do next?: Covid-19 and the Economic Pandemic
#36. March 28, 2020. Antwerp-based strategist Stef Kuypers joins me again (March 26, 2020) to explore new options for a sustainable money system after the economic pandemic that will soon overtake the Covid-19 pandemic.  What could we do with a debt-money system that could be in its final death spiral? Stef and I jump straight into an important dialogue when the world needs a new money narrative. Stef if one of the founders of His TEDx talk in Antwerp posted on the nature of money and his proposed sustainable money system is a must-see for anyone interested in how we might re-invent one of the most important human systems; money itself. Stef asks some profound questions: When we talk about the economy, what do we actually mean by that? Why does the economy need to grow? What happens if we keep growing the economy? Where does money come from? How does it work? How does it influence us? Can it be changed? Why does everyone need a full time job? What kind of jobs are we talking about? What is the impact of those jobs on personal well being? What is the impact of those jobs on society? His current work focuses on the influence of monetary systems on individual behaviour and society at large. He conducts research on the topic and facilitates workshops where people can experience what a change in monetary system does to them and the group. In depth theoretical explanations are useful but we are emotional beings and as we have all experienced, just hearing the facts is not always convincing. Our mind comes up with a list of 'yes, but ...' statements as soon as we hear something that feels far fetched, not in line with how things are or, even stronger, goes against our beliefs. Stef offers an experience that goes along with the theory. That way our head gets connected with our emotional self, resulting in deeper conversations and better insights. Stef’s history lies in IT, creative thinking, improvisation and business interventions. His concern for climate change led him in the direction of monetary systems after discovering that the biggest hurdle to solving our climate change problem is our current day dominant financial system and more importantly the behaviour it creates. He went on to self-study economics, complexity theory, human behaviour and sociology by diving into online research and engaging with progressive thinkers. Together with the people at Happonomy he created a system which can lead to more sustainable economic and social behaviour, scalable up to a global level. He called it the Sustainable Money System or SuMSy.
March 28, 2020
#35. Neumascape: Well-being Technology with Nelson Abreu and Manori Sumanasinghe
#35. March 18, 2020. Nelson Abreu and Manori Sumanasinghe  are Los Angeles-based entrepreneurs and co-founders of Neumascape. Neumascape is a collaborative studio pursuing passions in architecture + design, technology, and well-being. Nelson and Manori are thinkers, makers, and problem-solvers setting out on a journey to produce cool projects while seeking to improve the world around them. Manori is a Los Angeles-based designer and entrepreneur, working towards her California licensure in Architecture.  She is passionate about the role of Architecture + Design and its impact on a community’s well-being. Manori's passion in community building is established on a strong foundation of democracy, ethics, empathy, and an acknowledgement of the intrinsic connections we have with each other and our surroundings. Her goal with her practice is to help identify and realize the potential of people, space, or places, through design and technology. Her approach to projects often seeks to honor the legacy of place, space, object, or people. Nelson, who is married to Manori, is a registered electrical engineer, specializing in smart grids, completing a Masters in Design, Business and Technology in Los Angeles. He is an entrepreneur, inventor, author and educator. A descendent of Goa, India, he was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. For years, Nelson has been exploring the intersection of being, society and technology: how extraordinary states facilitate new technical and social solutions (innovation) and how technology can facilitate such states. He has been developing novel technologies and techniques to induce states of creativity and well-being. Nelson continues to develop novel ways to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain and to improve creativity, performance, self-knowledge and intuition.
March 18, 2020
#34. Lewis Cardinal: A New Dream and Story for Canada (Kanata), meaning Sacred Place
#34. February 27, 2020. My friend Lewis Cardinal is a great story teller. Lewis is from the Woodland Cree Nation of Sucker Creek in northern Alberta. He shares his stories (passed down by elders) of the origins of Canada (Kanata meaning 'pure or sacred place' in the Cree-Algonquin language) and Edmonton, one of the great pehonan (the waiting/gathering place) along the Saskatchewan river systems. Lewis provides reminds us all -- the people of Turtle Island (North America) that the foundation of a resilient and harmonious society and economy is based on good relationships with each other and particularly with nature, as our model.  Can his ancient model of an economy of mutuality and relationships, based on the laws of nature, become the new model for an economy of well-being? Lewis is a communicator and educator who has dedicated his life’s work to creating and maintaining connections and developing relationships which cross cultural divides.  A lot of his work has taken him into inter-government and inter-faith work as well as community development. His long track record of public service includes Founding Board Member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Board Member of Theatre Network, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice, and Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions, just to mention a few. Lewis has received Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the IndSpire Award for Public Service (the highest award given to an Indigenous person by Indigenous people in Canada), the Province of Alberta’s Centennial Medal for his work in Human Rights and Diversity, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Grant MacEwan University, and he was recently conferred the Honorary Degree of ‘Doctor of Sacred Letters’ from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Alberta. Lewis notes: “When I asked elders, ‘What is the most critical thing that we as human beings are facing today?’ their response, collectively, is "relationships.” Lewis goes on to say "I believe that we’re entering into a whole new relationship and way of seeing ourselves as Canadians. I think the previous version of how we saw ourselves as Canada and as Canadians is due for an overhaul because Canada is quite a multicultural and diverse citizenry now more than ever has been. As a healthy and forward-looking nation, I think that we have to engage in that kind of dialogue to re-see ourselves, because we are different than we were 150 years ago.”
February 27, 2020
#33. Greg Dwelling (CEO Capital Region Housing Corp.): A Well-being Impact Approach to Affordable Housing
#33. February 16, 2020. Greg Dwelling is the CEO of Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) based in Edmonton, Alberta, the largest affordable housing program in Alberta serving over 25,000 Albertans or 9,000 low-income families in the Edmonton region. Greg is a former pastor/minister from Newfoundland.  I worked with Greg and his team two years ago to integrate well-being impact measurement into the organization's vision statement and programs. A Well-being based approach to measuring the impacts of CRHC's programs (over $86 million in housing assets under management) is unprecedented in. the affordable housing sector. Tenants are asked to complete a survey annually about their well-being across a broad spectrum of well-being attributes from health, happiness, financial, hope for their children and hope for their future. This ties in with CRCH's view that "A home is more than just a roof overhead; it should be a safe and secure place where families build relationships and communities, where they enjoy economic prosperity and where they are happy and healthy." Greg shares his latest innovation delivering affordable housing at unprecedented low costs through a creative joint venture partnership between CRCHC (a social enterprise) and private developers. Imagine a future where Well-being Housing Bonds might become a new impact investment financial tool across Canada as a new means of financing affordable housing for 10% of the population that live with the challenges of low-income. That is Well-being Finance, by design.
February 16, 2020
#32. Stef Kuypers: A Sustainable Money System
#32. February 4, 2020. Stef Kuypers joins me from Antwerp, Belgium exploring the fascinating world of money and his proposed new sustainable money system. Could changing our global money system save our planet and our lives? Stef if one of the founders of His TEDx talk in Antwerp posted on the nature of money and his proposed sustainable money system is a must-see for anyone interested in how we might re-invent one of the most important human systems; money itself. Stef asks some profound questions: When we talk about the economy, what do we actually mean by that? Why does the economy need to grow? What happens if we keep growing the economy? Where does money come from? How does it work? How does it influence us? Can it be changed? Why does everyone need a full time job? What kind of jobs are we talking about? What is the impact of those jobs on personal well being? What is the impact of those jobs on society? His current work focuses on the influence of monetary systems on individual behaviour and society at large. He conducts research on the topic and facilitates workshops where people can experience what a change in monetary system does to them and the group. In depth theoretical explanations are useful but we are emotional beings and as we have all experienced, just hearing the facts is not always convincing. Our mind comes up with a list of 'yes, but ...' statements as soon as we hear something that feels far fetched, not in line with how things are or, even stronger, goes against our beliefs. Stef offers an experience that goes along with the theory. That way our head gets connected with our emotional self, resulting in deeper conversations and better insights. Stef’s history lies in IT, creative thinking, improvisation and business interventions. His concern for climate change led him in the direction of monetary systems after discovering that the biggest hurdle to solving our climate change problem is our current day dominant financial system and more importantly the behaviour it creates. He went on to self-study economics, complexity theory, human behaviour and sociology by diving into online research and engaging with progressive thinkers. Together with the people at Happonomy he created a system which can lead to more sustainable economic and social behaviour, scalable up to a global level. He called it the Sustainable Money System or SuMSy.
February 5, 2020
#31. Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation explains how their First Nation is building an economy of well-being
#31. January 21, 2020. Christian Sinclair is the leader, or Onekanew in Cree (an alternative name for 'chief), of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation located in The Pas, Manitoba, a community of 6.200 people located 6 hours north of Winnipeg. I met Christian at the first Indigenomics conference in Vancouver in May 2019. He purchased a copy of my book and called me 2 days later noting that my vision for an economy of well-being was in line with his own vision for his Opaskwayak Nation. Christian is a former Canadian military snipper and understands the art of military strategy. He is leading his Nation on a bold journey towards an economy of well-being, following in the recent footsteps of New Zealand, Scotland, Iceland and recently Finland. Christian and I spoke January 14, 2020 in his office about his vision for developed what would be Canada's first community (and First Nation) to adopt a working model of an economy of well-being. ** My apologies for the low audio volume on my end of the interview.
January 22, 2020
#30. Dr. Philip Clayton: Building an Ecological Civilization
#30. December 5, 2019. Dr. Philip Clayton is my next special guest. Philip and I discuss the concept of an ecological civilization. He and I have recently returned from Seoul, Korea where we were the guests of Seoul's Mayor Park Won-Soon presenting at a major conference to discuss how Korea might adopt the concept of an 'ecological civilization' which Philip along with John Cobb Jr. and others have been instrumental in advancing in China. Philip holds the Ingraham Chair at Claremont School of Theology and directs the Comparative Theologies PhD program. A graduate of Yale University, he has taught at Williams College and the California State University, as well as holding guest professorships at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. His leadership roles in theological education over the last 15 years include serving as the immediate past dean of CST, obtaining funding for and launching the CST online program, and leading a Ford-sponsored program on “Rekindling Theological Imagination” and a Carpenter-sponsored program on “Reimagining Theological Education.” Clayton has been a leader in interreligious education and dialogue for more than two decades. He helped launch an early collaboration of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scientists, expanding it into a global, seven-year program; organized conferences at Harvard on Judaism, Buddhism, and science; and has participated in programs on Islam and science and on Abrahamic partnerships in the Philippines, Indonesia, France, Turkey, Qatar, and the UAE. Currently he is working to organize the Justice track for the upcoming Parliament of the World Religions. Philip Clayton played a major role in conceiving and founding a multi-faith university, Claremont Lincoln University, serving as its first provost and Executive Vice President. He worked with religious leaders to set up administrative structures and to work toward accreditation for Bayan Claremont, a Muslim graduate school, as well as expanding the university’s programs to include the Dharma traditions of India and the religious traditions of Southeast Asia. Clayton has authored or edited 24 books and published some 300 articles. Dr. Clayton lectures widely, works with various religious and environmental organizations, and supports constructive partnerships across the world’s religious traditions. He is currently the president of, which works to lay the foundations for an ecological civilization, and a Chinese environmental organization, the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China, as well as serving on a variety of boards. Philip is married to Judy Kingsley, a teacher  and educational administrator, and father to their twins Adrian and Shawn. He enjoys cycling, refereeing children’s soccer, and wilderness camping with family and dog. Among his works are The Problem of God in Modern Thought; God and Contemporary Science; Explanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and Religion; Quantum Mechanics; Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective; Science and the Spiritual Quest; Religion and Science: The Basics; Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society; In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World; and Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action, and The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith.
December 5, 2019
#29. Tami Hay (Part 2): Earth Gut, Healing Our Bodies and the Essenes as a Community of Well-being
#29. May 5, 2019. Tami Hay joins me again for a more in-depth conversation about her insights into health, the ecology of our 'gut', eating a plant-based diet, the importance of soil health, the amazing work of Dr. Zach Bush,  as well as a brief inquiry into the Essenes, a Jewish community that once existed during the Second Temple period that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE, during the time of Jesus Christ.  Tami is an Alberta-based nutritionist, spiritual healer and author of her forthcoming book called EarthGut: The Story of Peace, Love and Microbes.
December 5, 2019
#28. Well-being Budget for Canada 2020-21
#28. November 20, 2019. Following the Canadian national elections on October 21, 2019, economist Mark Anielski has prepared this fictional well-being budget and speech for 2020-21. The idea of a Well-being Budget for Canada is based on New Zealand's recent Well-being Budget 2019 tabled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her coalition Government of New Zealand in May 2019. This proposed budget speech is meant to promote an important discussion across Canada that would orient our nation's economic development compass towards well-being. Adopting a well-being-based approach to budgeting and governance like New Zealand is an idea worth pursuing to renew hope in this great country we call Canada.
November 20, 2019
#27. David Dodge: Stories of hope for a renewable energy future for Canada
#27. November 16, 2019. David Dodge is the producer and host of Green Energy Futures, a multimedia storytelling project which has now been running over 7 years sharing stories about the clean-energy revolution in Canada and around the world. As an environmental journalist, he produced more than 350 Ecofile episodes for the CKUA Radio network (Alberta), edited Borealis magazine, and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. David joins me today to speak about his perspective on renewable energy futures, the climate emergency, overcoming the growing politics of fear in Alberta, and shares the amazing story of how a group of high school students and their teacher have turned a rural Alberta high school in Lacombe (Alberta) into the Greenest high school in Canada. David continues to be one of the most hopeful voices in Canada that a renewable energy future in possible and economical.
November 17, 2019
#26. Tami Hay: Food as Spiritual Medicine
#26. October 30, 2019. Tami Hay joins me in conversation from her log-home just east of Edmonton to talk about food as medicine. Tami, a former social worker, is a Spiritual Massage Therapist with 20-years of experience. Tami has been successful in  transcended years of debilitating and painful digestive challenges, including Crohn's disease, by learning how the food we eat is critical to our state of health, including our spiritual well-being. In our conversation she talks about how our bodies are too often fooled by designer foods and fast food. We need to teach our bodies how to enjoy healthy local foods, plants, and microbes (literally her local pharmacy). Tami's forthcoming book (December 2019) titled Earth Gut: The Story of Peace, Love, and Microbes provides us with her personal insights into how to improve our personal state of well-being. Tami teaches food classes and integrative health practices.
October 30, 2019
#25. Dr. John Cobb Jr. Process Theologian (Claremont School of Theology) on a Transition from Industrial Civilization to an Ecological Civilization for Korea
#25. October 23, 2019. Dr. John Cobb Jr. (94) presents his ideas at the October 2019 Ecological Civilization conference held in Seoul, South Korea (October 1-3, 2019) on how countries like China and Korea can transition from the current industrial civilization to a new Ecological Civilization. I also attended this important conference presenting my ideas on how Korea can adopt new measures of progress such as well-being and happiness indices and incorporate these into the City of Seoul and Korea's budgeting and governance systems.
October 23, 2019
#24. Walt McCree: California legalizes public banking, like Alberta and North Dakota
#24. October 13, 2019. My next guest is Walt McCree with the US-based Public Banking Institute (and Associates). Walt and I discuss the importance of this weeks decision of California's State Governor Gavin Newsom that allows California cities and counties to create their own public banks, making the state one of just two (after North Dakota in 1919 and the province of Alberta (Canada) in 1938) to legalize institutions of that kind. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Public Banking Act, or AB 857, which will allow city and county governments to create, or sponsor, public banks. Those banks will in turn provide public agencies access to loans at interest rates much lower than they could find at private banks. Supporters say the change sets the stage for funding infrastructure demands or providing loans to developers to help meet affordable housing needs.  Walt and I discuss the importance of this historical victory for public banking and why public banking is a key piece of the architecture for building flourishing economies of well-being.
October 13, 2019
#23. Ellen Brown banking on the people, democratizing money
#23. June 23, 2019.  Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute,  a Fellow at The Democracy Collaborative, and the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles.  She developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles.  In the best-selling Web of Debt (2007, 2012), she turned those skills to an analysis of the Federal Reserve and “the money trust,” showing how this private cartel has usurped the power to create money from the people themselves and how we the people can get it back. In The Public Bank Solution (2013) she traces the evolution of two banking models that have competed historically, public and private; and explores contemporary public banking systems globally.  Today most of our money is created, not by governments, but by banks when they make loans. Her new book Banking on the People published June 1, 2019 takes the reader step by step through the sausage factory of modern money creation, explores improvements made possible by advances in digital technology, and proposes upgrades that could transform our outmoded nineteenth century system into one that is democratic, sustainable, and serves the needs of the twenty-first century. Ellen joins me today from her home in Los Angeles to talk about the important role of public banking and explores why Alberta has such an important competitive advantage with North America’s largest public bank, the Alberta Treasury branch which was founded in 1938 by Alberta’s Social Credit government.
June 24, 2019
#22. Tim Nash: Impact Investing for Good
#22. June 10. 2019. Tim Nash is the founder of Good Investing and blogs as The Sustainable Economist. As an expert on socially responsible investing, impact investing, and the green economy, he is regularly featured in publications such as CBC’s The National, BNN Bloomberg’s Market Call, and the Globe and Mail. He earned his BA in Economics from Dalhousie University (Canada) and his Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden). He is the lead researcher for Ethical Market’s Green Transition Scoreboard® research report, which details more than $10.3 trillion of private investments in the global green economy. Tim joined me May 31, 2019 from Toronto to share his insights into impact investing and how you and I can start orienting our investment choices to building a better economy of well-being.
June 10, 2019
#21. Takota Coen: Permaculture farming as a model for an economy of well-being
 #21. April 25, 2019. Takota Coen is one of Canada's youngest and innovative pioneering permaculture farmers. Takota along with his family farm 250 acres of prime agriculture land just east of Ponoka Alberta near Red Deer Lake. They practice a form of land stewardship called Permaculture.  Permaculture is a set of design principles centered around whole systems thinking simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; looking at the interaction of plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system, which has been the basis of industrial agriculture for decades. Takota was born, raised and now helps steward Coen Farms using permaculture principles. The Coen family has been transforming their farm into an agro-ecological oasis since 1988.   Their story began in 1988 the Coen family could no longer ignore the declining health of their land, their animals, their family & their community.   They decided to eliminate all chemical fertilizers & biocides.  Today, Takota along with his parents continue that tradition, & with the addition of permaculture design & holistic management their 250 acre award winning farm is proud to be a part of the growing regenerative agriculture revolution that is healing the planet & its people. He holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from The Permaculture Research Institute, a Holistic Management Certificate, and a Red Seal Certificate for Carpentry. When he is not busy farming, Takota works to empower others with the tools and resources to design, implement, and manage resilient living systems that are Earth restorative.  Takota spoke with me about how he envisions permaculture being the basis of not only a new era in growing food and healing our bodies but also as a model for the economy; a key platform for building an economy of well-being.
April 25, 2019
#20. January 28, 2019. Jacqueline Cardinal: Stories of hope from an indigenous entrepreneur.
#20. Jacqueline Cardinal is a gifted young (28) indigenous woman. Jacqueline was recently named as one of the top people under 40, along with her brother Hunter Cardinal (24), by Avenue Magazine. Jacqueline is a serial entrepreneur. She is the co-owner and Managing Director of Naheyawin, and indigenous owned and operated consulting firm that creates and searches for tools to assist indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in their effort to reclaim the spirit of the Treaties and to build a new relationship (a new story) for a better and more vibrant future for Canada.  She spoke with me today (01.21.2019) in Edmonton about what gives her hope and about her journey and challenges as an indigenous entrepreneurial woman.  She and her brother Hunter have produced a new play called Lake of the Strangers. Lake of the Strangers was Inspired by ancient Nehiyaw mythology; the story follows two brothers in their last summer adventure, through forests, rivers, and not knowing. Lake of the Strangers is a journey of two brothers finding each other and themselves. Lake of the Strangers is playing at the  ATB Financial  Arts Barn (Backstage Theatre) until February 2, 2019.
January 29, 2019
#19. Carol Anne Hilton: Indigenomics and Canada's $100 Billion Indigenous Economy
#19. January 17, 2019. Carol Anne Hilton is one of the leading First Nations thinkers and leaders in Canada. Her concept of 'indigenomics' is gaining more attention in Canada and around the world. In 2018 she launched the Indigenomics Institute, the leading research, education, and engagement platform for supporting the rebuilding  and design of Indigenous economies of Indigenous peoples worldwide. The Institute works to  facilitate the realization of Indigenous modern political, economic, legal and community development objectives. Indigenomics is a dialogue and design platform to bring attention and focus to the growing Indigenous Economy; estimated to reach $100 billion in Canada in the years ahead. An Indigenous economic growth future is good for everyone and will bring new hope for all Canadians.
January 17, 2019
#18. Lil MacPherson: Better Lives Through Eating Good Local Food
#18, December 22, 2018 My next special guest is Lil MacPherson, a businesswoman and restaurateur based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lil is the the co-founder of the Wooden Monkey restaurant. I first met Lil in Halifax in 2007 when she hosted a book salon in her restaurant for my first book, The Economics of Happiness. The Wooden Monkey believes that sustainable agriculture protects our environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.  Lil believes that sustainable agriculture also produces foods that are better for you than the highly processed industrial alternatives--and you sure can taste the difference!  Lil is passionate about food; she believes that serving good, local and healthy food is the base of better lives. In 2016 Lil ran for the mayor of Halifax against the incumbent Mike Savage. She did very well considering this was her first crack at politics. We spoke today about her current interests and her vision of the future for Halifax and Canada.
January 7, 2019
#17. A Vision for an Economy of Well-being for Alberta
#17. December 18, 2018. What would an economy of well-being for Alberta look like? Author Mark Anielski outlines his vision for a new economic future for Alberta.
December 18, 2018
#16. Bonnie Trottier: How to measure well-being in a small town
#16. December 16, 2018. Bonnier Trottier, a former child-care social worker and Valleyview community coordinator, has been a major part of the fledgling Valleyview Well-being Coalition. Bonnie was asked by Town Manager, Marty Paradine, to become a key architect of the Coalition as part of her applied studies in community planning at McEwan University (Edmonton). Bonnie was instrumental as a connector and catalyst for getting the Coalition up and running. Bonnie has become a champion of well-being in Valleyview (a small community of 1800 people) and sees well-being communities as the future for development of communities across Canada. I spoke with Bonnie from her home in Valleyview Alberta on July 13, 2018 to reflect on her experience with the Valleyview Well-being Initiative.
December 17, 2018
#15. Suza Singh, Calgary-based Action Film Maker
#15. December 11, 2018. Suza Singh is a remarkable women. Suza is an action film maker originally from Manchester UK living in Calgary, Alberta. She has some bold ideas about this interesting genre of film and casts women as modern action heros. Her recent film, Replican, cast her own daughter. We spoke about how to present ideas like well-being and soul craft in film.
December 12, 2018
#14. John Cobb Jr. on China's Ecological Civilization
#14. December 10, 2018. John Cobb Jr. is one of world's most important theologians of our era; a master of Alfred North Whitehead's process theology. At 93-years of age Cobb's mind is remarkably sharp. His wisdom is unparalleled. He joined me today from his home in Claremont, California to talk about his most recent journey to China and South Korea, where he gave 14 public addresses on the subject of building an ecological civilization in Asia. He explores how a resurgence in classical Chinese thought and Confucian ideas in China is a sign of hope for Asia and the world.
December 12, 2018
#13. Peter Block (Author of Flawless Consulting and the Abundant Community)
#13. November 5, 2018. Peter Block, a 78-year-old master of public sector governance consulting and someone passionate about communities, joins me from Cincinnati on a far-ranging, wisdom-filled conversation. Peter has been my mentor and friend. He has been working with John McKnight and Walter Brueggemann on the Economics of Compassion and the Jubilee Project in Cincinnati.
November 6, 2018
#12. John McKnight: Building Neighbourhood Assets
#12. September 19, 2018. Author John McKnight joins me today in a special interview about his legacy of work as a community organizer. His work inspired me to think about community assets differently; assets are the diversity of gifts, skills and competencies we all have to share with others without compensation for money. McKnight is the author of The Careless Society, a classic critique of professionalized social services and a celebration of communities’ ability to heal themselves from within. He is co-author of Building Communities from the Inside Out (with Jody Kretzmann), the Abundant Community (with Peter Block) and An Other Kingdom (with Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann). McKnight is Co-Founder of the Asset Based Community Development Institute and a Senior Associate of the Kettering Foundation. John has been helped inspire the Edmonton Abundant Community Initiative led by my friend Howard Lawrence. Howard was inspired by the work of McKnight and Peter Block.
September 20, 2018
#11. Walter Brueggemann: A Gospel of Hope
#11. August 22, 2018. Legendary Old Testament scholar, theologian and teacher Walter Brueggemann joins me today from his home in Michigan to talk about his life's work and his new book A Gospel of Hope. At 85 years of age, Brueggemann is one of the most important voices of our age reminding us of the importance of embracing the truth of abundance and challenging the dominant economic paradigm of scarcity, indulgence and fear of lack. He calls us all to practice each day with our neighbours acts of love, charity and sharing in our individual and collective gifts and assets. He argues that society today is in a state of collective amnesia having forgotten the words of both the Old and New Testaments in which God continues to reveal the truth of abundance not scarcity. Walter calls us to find our voice and sing a new song, just as the Israelites had to find their own voice to say no to slavery of ancient Egypt trusting in divine providence and Manna (food from heaven).
August 22, 2018
#10. Robert Dellner: Investment Banking and Well-being
#10. August 17, 2018. Robert Dellner, a London-based investment banker, impact investment expert and master of credit risk, joins me on my show exploring new avenues for impact investment that would take a well-being perspective. Robert joined me from his home in Woking just south of London.
August 17, 2018
#9. Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib founder of Akhuwat the world's largest interest-free micro finance program
#9. July 15, 2018. I'm pleased to have a pre-recorded interview between my previous guest, Aneeqa Malik, and Dr. Muhammed Amjad Saqib, the founder of Akhuwat ( Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib is the Founder and Chairperson of Akhuwat, the world’s largest Qard-e-Hasan Trust, the world's largest interest-free micro-finance program. He has also worked as a consultant for various international development agencies, such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Labor Organization (ILO), UNICEF, the World Bank, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), USAID and DFIDDr. Dr. Saqib talks about the unique merits of Akhuwat in providing over 2.9 million poorer families in Pakistan with interest-free loans so they can become more self-reliant. Akhuwat aims to alleviate poverty by creating a bond of solidarity between the “haves” and “have nots." How might this model of zero-interest banking be applied in Canada, the US and other countries?
July 14, 2018
#8. Aneeqa Malik: Soul-i-darity, Sufi Mysticism and Akhuwat (interest-free lending) in Pakistan
#8. July 14, 2018. My guest is Aneeqa Malik, a London-based, Pakistani-born Transformation Management Consultant and Soulidarity Stewardess. She is Akhuwat UK’s Senior Research and Development Strategist. She is an Action Learning (ILM) & Research Facilitator and a Research Fellow at TRANS4M’s Centre for Integral Development, Hotonnes, France. She is currently on a PHD (Personal Holistic Development) program for TRANS4M’s ‘CARE-4-Society’ module. Aneeqa is also a practising Sufi. She spoke to me today from her home in London about her work, what it means to be a Sufi in our complex world as well as introducing us to Akhuwat, a interest-free micro finance system based in Pakistan. Akhuwat is the world's largest interest-free micro-finance program founded by Dr. Amjad Saqib in Lahore, Pakistan, started in 2001.
July 14, 2018
#7. How do you measure well-being in a small town like Valleyview, Alberta?: with guest Bonnie Trottier
#7. July 13, 2018. Bonnier Trottier, a former child-care social worker and Valleyview community coordinator, has been a major part of the fledgling Valleyview Well-being Coalition. Bonnie was asked by Town Manager, Marty Paradine, to become a key architect of the Coalition as part of her applied studies in community planning at McEwan University (Edmonton). Bonnie was instrumental as a connector and catalyst for getting the Coalition up and running. Bonnie has become a champion of well-being in Valleyview and sees well-being communities as the future for development of communities across Canada. I spoke with Bonnie from her home in Valleyview Alberta to reflect on her experience with the Valleyview Well-being Initiative. I hope you find her reflections meaningful regarding the importance of building trust and engaging citizens in helping to improve the well-being conditions in their community.
July 13, 2018
#6. Marty Paradine - Measuring Well-being in the Town of Valleyview Alberta
#6. July 11, 2018. Join my next guest, Marty Paradine, an engineer and the town manager of a small Alberta town called Valleyview (2000 people). Marty was instrumental in envisioning and leading the Well-being Project for the town of Valleyview between 2016-2017. The project resulted in the development of a Well-being Index for the towns citizens and a Well-being Measurement and Governance system, perhaps the first municipality in North America. Marty and I explore the challenges of measuring well-being, incorporating well-being impacts into planning and budgeting, how to demonstrate value for taxes through a well-being lens, and how to orient municipal asset management to improving the well-being of a community.
July 12, 2018
#5. Laura Musikanski (The Happiness Alliance) on Measuring Happiness and Well-being
#5. June 15, 2018. My next guest on The Economics of Well-being podcast show is Laura Musikanski. Laura is the executive director of The Happiness Alliance and former executive director of Sustainable Seattle. A lawyer by profession, Laura is passionate about measuring the well-being and happiness of communities and nations. Laura shares some of her recent experiences in measuring well-being with her non-profit organization having surveyed over 80,000 people around the world. Discover what new things Laura has learned from assessing the well-being of young people and countries like Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. How can we genuinely incorporate well-being measurement in the process of governance of communities and nations?
June 15, 2018
#4. John De Graaf, Beauty and Well-being
#2. June 8, 2018.  John de Graaf is my new guest on An Economy of Well-being podcast. John is a Seattle-based independent producer of the award-winning television documentaries Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza, and is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time Day. He spoke to me today measuring happiness and about his new project call And Beauty for All. Intuitively we know there is a connection between beauty and our sense of well-being and happiness. We believe all Americans appreciate beauty, regardless of their political views, origin, economic status or creed, and that working to restore beautiful landscapes and create beautiful places is a non-partisan cause that can bring us together and build community in polarizing times.
June 8, 2018
#3. The Well-being Corporation: Introduction
#3. May 26, 2018. In this short podcast I introduce the idea of how businesses can incorporate well-being principles and practices into their operations. Can a new Well-being Bottom Line become the fundamental measure of success of a new generation of business leaders that aspire to contribute to the genuine well-being and happiness of their clients and communities they serve?
May 26, 2018
#2. Well-being By Design
#2. May 26, 2018. In this second podcast I explore the concept of incorporating well-being attributes in the architecture and design of buildings, office spaces, our homes and even on the 'internet of things.'
May 26, 2018
#1. Personal Happiness and Well-being
#1. May 28, 2018. This is my first rough cut podcast about my personal perspective on personal happiness and well-being.
May 26, 2018