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Beyond GDP, lessons from Indigenous Cultures and Faith Traditions for Improving our Economic Measurements and Protecting Our Planet


  • Union Theological Seminary, NYC 3041 Broadway New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

This class will focus on the flaws of current economic measurements such as Gross Domestic Product and the ways in which Indigenous cultures - along with voices from faith communities - are contributing to alternative ways of measuring the success and well-being of a society. Topics to be covered include the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, the impact of colonization on the bio-cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, the conflict at Standing Rock, the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home, and the role of religion in development policy.