Talking Heads

Talking Heads at HEART

is a monthly gathering where expert speakers bring a mixed Headingley audience up to date on current issues in society. The speakers are often drawn from local university departments or similar organisations and their talks are followed by a series of comments and questions from the audience.

Talking Heads at HEART is an initiative between HDT and HEART. It benefits the community of Headingley and beyond and aims to stimulate, inform and enliven. People present are asked to make a small donation of around £3, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

We meet in HEART at 7.30 on the second Thursday of each month, except August.

After a [usually lively!] discussion on the issues raised people often repair to the HEART Cafe or local bar.

Recent topics include:

• Social cohesion, resilience, and community mediation
• What does culture mean to Leeds?
• The housing crisis- and how people power can solve it
• Ethics in business,
• Can we solve poverty?
• Unemployment, jobs and new technology

All welcome!

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Next Meeting:

Thursday 13th July at 7.30

Dr Milena Buchs

University of Leeds

An increasing number of scholars now argue that our societies will need to abandon economic growth as the prime economic goal if we are to prevent catastrophic climate change and sustainably manage non-renewable resource. While we agree that it will be necessary to end economic growth, we stress that current claims about the feasibility to maintain and improve human welfare and wellbeing under post-growth require more critical debate. We demonstrate that the relationship between happiness and economic growth is more complex than claimed by some post- and degrowth authors; propose that this debate should adopt a more comprehensive concept of wellbeing which also relates to theories of human need; and argue that further work is required to understand possible implications of rapid and radical socio-economic change towards post-growth for human welfare and wellbeing.

Milena Buchs, a member of the Sustainability Research Institute at Leeds University will discuss these crucial issues. She is the author of the new book (with Max Koch of Lund University) ‘Postgrowth and Wellbeing