"Buen Vivir" & Post-Development Economics with Alberto Acosta, Niko Paech and Grupo Sal

Alternative paths for a sustainable and just future

The Latin American intellectual Alberto Acosta meets Niko Paech, Professor of Plural Economics at the University of Siegen.

Together, they explore alternative models of society:

The indigenous practice of ‘Buen Vivir’ [good life] outlines – in addition to a life in harmony with nature – a new ‘ethics of development’, a social and solidarity-based economy and a change in lifestyle and political style. With his theories on the post-growth economy, the economist Niko Paech describes what a modern lifestyle with a ‘good life’ for everyone might look like in our country.

In a refreshingly relaxed and humorous way, both imagine an end to the exploitative and destructive extraction of resources. Together with the audience, they discuss the potential of Buen Vivir and the post-growth economy in shaping a sustainable and just future, taking into account factors such as resource scarcity and distributive justice.

The rousing music of Grupo Sal forms a sensual space for a better understanding of the talk, allowing the audience to directly experience an important aspect of the good life: the link between art, culture and a positive outlook on life!


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