Economies of wellbeing: leadership and organisational resilience

Dr Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm, Senior Lecturer, Management and International Business, Faculty of Business and Economics, with Dr Mariaelena Huambachano, Visiting Research Fellow from Brown University.

Scientists, politicians, academics, artists, activists and citizens alike are now focusing on the decline and deterioration of the planet – and the part we all might play in its recovery to advance economies of wellbeing.

In business, there is universal interest in how we might scale up innovation that impacts positively on the environment, communities and societies. This plays out as the pursuit of group well-being over individual, an emphasis on relationships and trust-building and long-term, multi-generational outlooks.

Our networks extend around the world. Rachel is principal investigator with Associate Professor Chellie Spiller of a project funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga which investigates exemplars and conduitsfor collective wisdom so people are confident and affirmed and see a pathway forward. We are especially interested in “generative leadership” that supports transformation to advance economies of wellbeing. Mariaelena also focuses on indigenous economies of wellbeing and sustainable development, specifically the good living philosophies of Māori and Quechua people that also have implications for food security and sovereignty.