'WELLBEING ECONOMY'

'Public Money and Democracy' is my contribution to Economic Science Fictions, ed. Will Davies (Goldsmiths, 2018). It is practice-led research exploring algorithmic governmentality, the democratization of money, and the future of data-driven journalism.

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I wrote the afterword to the landmark collection of speculative fiction about economics, Strange Economics (2019). 'Cockayne Blues' explores science fiction as economics and economics as science fiction.

Wellbeing is a beautifully equivocal word. It is on the lips of neoliberals advocating personal psychological resilience, progressives who want to fix capitalism by replacing GDP with metrics that reflect the real social and ecological costs of production, as well as radicals working on ways of governing the global commons without the co-ordinationing resources of wealth or property as traditionally understood.

Within my research, I am looking at wellbeing as an imperfect but useful tool, and as a paradigm that must be worked within and also worked into new forms. I am particularly interested in how wellbeing relates to AI and other automation, to emerging forms of digital value, and to the agency we wield on our agency: not just the ways we pursue what we desire and what we believe in, but the ways we reshape what we desire and who we are.

Elsewhere:

The Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Stir to Action

Economic Science Fiction & Fantasy database

 
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