The Role of Well-being in a Great Transition

GTI Paper Series – Frontiers of a Great Transition n°10

by John Stutz, Tellus Institute, Great Transition Initiative, 2006
Language : English

The form and level of economic development are anchored in the definition given to well-being by people, that is to what they pursue through their resource consuming activities. Therefore, the transition to a sustainable and equitable world will stem from a revised conception of well-being. John Stutz examines here the possibility to disconnect well-being from growth in income, which induces him to address the linkage between time affluence, equity, and sustainability. Building on a view of well-being as consisting of three inter-related components (Welfare, Contentment, Freedom) and supported by relevant data and findings, he advocates a strategy to foster the pursuit of time affluence as the main key to future quality of life.

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Stutz, John. 2006. The Role of Well-being in a Great Transition. GTI Paper Series n°10. Boston: Tellus Institute and Great Transition Initiative.

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John Stutz (2006)‘s The Well-Being Mandala reviews various viewpoints of well-being and offers its own conception: the well-being mandala - a nested image of various facets of personal well-being residing inside broader social and environmental well-being. Read the full document.