Much of the world is getting richer - but are we also getting happier?
Join us on Wednesday December 2nd for a special episode of TOA ON AIR in collaboration with Leaps by Bayer. Introducing Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Research Institute, Agate Freimane, General Partner at Norrsken VC, Europe's largest impact venture capital fund & your Moderator: Britt Wray, broadcaster & author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics & Risks of De-Extinction.
While wealth may be on the rise - so are sea levels, air pollution, cancer rates, & mental health disorders. Despite continued economic growth, it seems we sometimes fail to convert our wealth into wellbeing.
So where should we invest our resources to improve quality of life? If we could choose between breakthrough innovations that could fundamentally change the world for the better, which one should we choose - & how do we ensure better metrics for better investments?
As the field of impact investment grows & more investors see fighting climate change, eradicating diseases, & other huge challenges as business priorities rather than charitable endeavors, defining clear means to measure impact has never been more important.
In this talk, we'll explore distinct ways to quantify impact, such as building on the SDGs to consider how nuanced approaches that consider well being could drive better outcomes for people & the planet.
Following the talk, we will host an extensive Q&A session with the speakers - so prepare your notes & join us for a noteworthy conversation!
More about the speakers:
Meik Wiking is the CEO of The Happiness Research Institute. In addition, he is a Research Associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, member of the policy advisory group for the Global Happiness Policy Report, board member of The Health & Happiness Research Foundation, Founder of The Happiness Museum, & a New York Times best-selling author translated to 38 languages.
Agate is a General Partner at Norrsken VC, Europe's largest impact venture capital fund focused on investing in rapidly scaling early stage start-ups that use technology to solve some of the world's greatest challenges. She started her career in finance working in investment banking & private equity at Citigroup & Morgan Stanley. She then started her start-up journey & was one of the first employees at BrickVest, a London based fintech start-up.
Britt Wray is a broadcaster & author researching the social & ethical entanglements of science & technology. She has a PhD in science communication from the University of Copenhagen & is the author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics & Risks of De-Extinction. Britt has hosted several podcasts, radio & TV programs with the BBC & CBC, & is a TED Resident.
About Leaps by Bayer:
Leaps by Bayer invests in paradigm-shifting advances in the life sciences - targeting the
breakthroughs that could fundamentally change the world for the better. Their approach is
making significant & sustained investments in disruptive biotechnologies that could have
the greatest impact on humanity. Learn more here.