We hope that this handbook will be the beginning of a conversation – and that this site can help take it further.

We certainly don’t have all the answers, and we invite you to come and get involved. We welcome comments and feedback.

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Further reading, watching, and listening…

Living values: A report encouraging boldness in third sector organisations, as discussed previously, was published by Community Links in 2006.

Michael Sandel’s 2009 Reith Lectures, broadcast on the BBC, cover the moral dimensions of modern politics; in markets, scientific advancement, and civic involvement. Sandel argues for the reframing and renewal of political discourse in line with the democratic values held by society – which include community-feeling, trust and altruism – rather than the ‘values’ and pressures of the market.

RSA’s 21st Century Enlightenment Essay by Matthew Taylor was published in 2010, and argues the case for updating the ‘Enlightenment model’ and promoting a more empathic and self-aware society, to increase autonomy and wellbeing. Watch it discussed here (or the full length version).

The High Price of Materialism by Tim Kasser, published in 2002, examines the relationship between materialism and other extrinsic goals, and how they seem to be rooted in a sense of threat or insecurity. It explores the negative association between materialism and wellbeing (which even seems to show up in people’s dreams); and between materialism and worse ecological and social outcomes.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us by Dan Pink was published in 2009. It is written as a guide for private sector organisations seeking to motivate their employees, but its findings are applicable far more broadly. Pink delves into the widely-neglected social science literature on human motivation, finding that a sense of purpose and autonomy are key to satisfying and engaging work. Unfortunately, externally-imposed carrots and sticks can undermine these intrinsic motivations – which is why monetary incentives often make us perform worse. Overall, it calls for “a renaissance of self-direction” and the creation of spaces in which to pursue intrinsic goals.

Watch him giving an RSA lecture here, or the shorter RSA Animate below.

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