When Richard Layard made the case for measuring human happiness alongside GDP, governments around the world listened. Now he reveals how to transform every aspect of society into one geared towards realising the happiness and alleviating the misery of its citizens.
What would our world feel like if wellbeing was the core value of its citizens and the chief aim of government policy? How would our lives change if everyone – from economists to scientists, politicians to teachers, therapists to middle managers – was driven by the need to help alleviate suffering and produce a gentler, less egotistic and competitive society?
Richard Layard believes a better world is possible – and that we all have a role to play in achieving it. As the founder of Action for Happiness, the co-founder of the UN’s World Happiness Report, and of the LSE’s globally-renowned Centre for Economic Performance, Richard Layard is the world’s most influential thinker on the subject of happiness. His ideas for measuring happiness were adopted by the British government and others, and have yielded major change in public policy.
But there is still much to be done. In this talk, he will unveil concrete proposals for how we can each work to transform society, creating a culture that values and improves happiness for all. It’s your chance to discover a social movement promising to powerfully challenge our common assumptions and prejudices, injecting a note of rational optimism into our turbulent age.