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University College London

Global Prosperity Beyond GDP

University College London via FutureLearn


Discover how we can build a better world by focusing on prosperity, not wealth.

Economic growth is no longer the best indicator of broader success. By 2050, the global population will reach 10 billion and we may face environmental crisis. If we are to thrive, and not just survive, into the next century, we will need new tools and new ways of thinking to tackle the challenges of today and ensure a successful and prosperous future for everyone.

On this course you will look at other approaches to defining success for society, examining how we must aim for a broader notion of prosperity at both a personal and planetary level.

The course is for anyone concerned with global issues and the unprecedented challenges of the 21st Century. It aims to inspire students, entrepreneurs, and citizens with a positive picture of what we are capable of with just a little bit of re-direction. No prior knowledge of the subject is needed.


  • How GDP came to dominate and what this means today
    • Introduction
    • Where did GDP come from and where is it taking us?
    • The Democratic Deficit - Do we have the wrong model for success?
    • Guardians of prosperity?
  • From measuring growth to measuring prosperity
    • Measuring prosperity, and developing a new approach
    • Our sites of exemplification
    • The RELIEF Centre
  • Frameworks of change
    • What is a framework?
    • The Sustainable Development Goals
    • The 2050 Challenge
    • The Doughnut
  • Building the New Economy
    • Making or breaking the New Economy - The role of business
    • Business and Climate Change
    • Consumption habits
    • How can you make a difference?

Taught by

Henrietta L. Moore


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  • Anonymous
    This is probably the best, most interesting online course I have taken to date. If you are interested in rethinking our traditional approach to economics, especially now with the pandemic, you might be interested in this course. It is not too heavy on economic theory; suitable for a person who is interested in sustainability and looking to the future with hope.

    One of the most excellent parts of this course was the ongoing dialogue (answering questions) with class mates from around the world: thoughtful, encouraging, hopeful.

    The class was not mediated by anyone unfortunately but the content was good. I really appreciated being inspired by Kate Raworth's work.

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