United by a desire to invite people to reflect on their daily habits to inspire a paradigm shift towards living more consciously.
The New Economic Paradigm Group set its sights on challenging the dominant economic growth-at-all-costs paradigm that pervades modern Australian life and politics, and is at odds with our finite planet. Through problem mapping techniques they identified numerous social and political roots, and honed in on a deeply personal angle – to help people question whether happiness is a commodity that can be bought through working and consuming more. When people feel connected, they behave more compassionately and ultimately become better stewards of the planet. United by a desire to invite people to reflect on their daily habits to inspire a paradigm shift towards living more consciously, Ed Langham, Divya Hemnani, Eva Muller, and Liliane Utamuriza developed ‘The Good Life’.
The Good Life is an experiential workshop designed to help participants ‘press pause’ on their busy daily working lives, to reflect on why they do what they do, and how they can do more of what makes them happy. Featuring a series of ‘disruptive’ guided activities drawing on behavioural science, psychology and mindfulness, The Good Life helps participants connect to themselves, to others and to nature. The activities include breath-awareness meditation, values exploration through drawing, ‘falling in love with a stranger’, and ‘virtual’ immersion in nature through an audiovisual sensory experience, amongst others. Equally crucial are the dialogue circles that follow each activity. The evaluation component comes back to participants a month later to examine the impact of the event, and determine what elements resonated for different people, to feed refine future design.
The event, to be run in 2016, has been designed specifically to reach Sydney-siders aged 25-35 who find themselves running on the “hamster wheel” and beginning to wake up and question why. The group’s hypothesis is that by creating an unusual space for people to playfully experience, connect, and reflect, they will organically be able to join the dots that more work, more money and more ‘things’ doesn’t necessarily leave them better off. They hope the event will inspire future leaders of sustainability, and offer an experience that people will unconsciously draw upon as they make future decisions – new paradigms for understanding self and purpose. This plants the personal seed to enable a renewed focus on people, place and community to flourish, and to build an army equipped to tackle the bigger systemic transition to a future beyond economic growth.
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