This site provides free access to my writing for scientific journals, specialist magazines and popular media. My book, Well & Good, can also be downloaded free from the site.
My work explores questions such as:
How do we define and measure human progress and development?
What are the relationships between economic growth, a high quality of life and a healthy environment?
How is modern Western culture affecting our health and happiness?
Are young people taking the prize or paying the price of progress?
How do we see the future of humanity?
In the 1970s, I spent two years travelling overseas, through Africa, Western and
Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and Asia. Like many long-term travellers, I found
that the most difficult cultural adjustment I had to make was on my return home....
My initial celebration of the material richness and comfort of the Western way of
life soon gave way to a growing apprehension about its emotional harshness, social
distances and spiritual desiccation.’
- From Well & Good, p. 43
I came across your work the first time after reading a paper ‘Is Western Culture a Health Hazard?’ that became required reading for all classes I have been teaching since then….your perspective is fresh and highly respected.
This article poses and comprehensively addresses questions that I regard as being of utmost importance to the development field.
Your work is a source of great inspiration and insight and I wish to thank you personally for making your wealth of research readily available. You write with such clarity and passion.
With the COVID-19 pandemic laying waste to the country, and President Trump’s chances of re-election fading, America is at last beginning to look more deeply into the country’s problems.
Concerns about humanity’s future are not new, but the events of 2020 – bushfires, COVID-19 and economic mayhem – are doubtless ramping them up.
Some countries are now giving priority to wellbeing over economic growth, but are they going far enough fast enough?
There is growing scientific evidence that humanity faces a number of threats that jeopardise our future. Public perceptions of these threats are important in determining how humanity confronts and addresses them.
Global politics is based on an outmoded and increasingly destructive model of human progress and development. Can science change a dire situation?
Indicators need to allow a transformation in our worldview and beliefs as profound as that which gave rise to modernity.