Della Duncan | GDP vs. GNH: Rethinking What a Healthy Economy Means

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Della Duncan | GDP vs. GNH: Rethinking What a Healthy Economy Means

Della Duncan

Posted on August 31, 2020

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As a self-described “renegade economist,” Della Duncan’s hope is that all societies will begin to focus on their citizen’s happiness as much as their GDP (Gross Domestic Product). By rethinking what it means to have a healthy economy, Della says that people and our planet can thrive—and this same mentality can work effectively for business leaders.

In this episode of Leading with Genuine Care, hear Della’s fascinating insights on what a more ethical economy can look like and how those in leadership can help us get there. 

You’ll also learn:

  • What it means to be a renegade economist
  • Why we need to rethink what a good economy is
  • How to create a better economic system
  • Which country’s economies are suffering the most during COVID
  • Which governmental systems most inspire Della
  • Can large countries make large-scale economic changes
  • What it means to sustain an ethical business model
  • How can business leaders show up against racism
  • What is the Gross National Happiness (GNH)
  • Why happiness is as important as economic health
  • Insights on creating an ethical business culture
  • Tips on shopping more ethically
  • How a worker cooperative works
  • Why work co-ops create healthier businesses
  • What’s the difference between a worker co-op and an ESOP
  • The importance of aligning values with your work
  • What Della believes it means to lead with genuine care


More About Della Duncan

Della Duncan hosts opportunities for personal and systemic transition to a more equitable, sustainable, and enlivened world. She is the host of the Upstream Podcast, a Right Livelihood coach, an Atlantic Fellow of Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics, a Gross National Happiness trainer, a Work that Reconnects facilitator, and a regenerative economics consultant.

She is currently studying with James Baraz to be an Engaged Buddhist Dharma teacher. She holds an M.A. in Economics for Transition with Distinction from Schumacher College, a B.A. in International Relations and Sociology with highest honors from the University of California, Davis, a graduate certificate in Authentic Leadership from Naropa University, and has completed Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects Intensive Program.

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