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Does money ensure happiness? 

How can we measure well-being for our communities?

Will we improve the well-being of Kansas City if we focus on Genuine Wealth?

Guest Lecturer /Teacher

Mark Anielski is an economist specializing in measuring well-being and happiness of communities and organizations. He is cofounder and Partner of Genuine Wealth Inc. and the Genuine Wealth Institute whose mission is to design, build and operate new economies of well-being based on his Genuine Wealth model. He is the author of the bestselling book Building Genuine Wealth, 2007. The book was released in China in 2010, the first foreign translation. Mark’s mentor economist Herman Daly referred to Mark as ‘God’s auditor’ in the forward to Mark’s book. In 2008 his book won two awards: the gold medal in the category of Conscious Business and Leadership at the Los Angeles Nautilus Book Awards and a bronze medal in the category of economics at the Axiom Book Awards in New York. In 2008 Alberta Venture magazine named him one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. Mark has advised governments and business in Canada, the United States, China, the Netherlands, Austria and Tahiti on how to measure and optimize their well-being. Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters.


Genuine Wealth

Central to Anielski’s thought is the concept of Genuine Wealth – “the conditions of well-being that are true to our core values of life.” Anielski writes, “Measuring wealth should include not only monetary and worldly possessions but qualitative attributes like health, spiritual well-being, healthy relationships, love and respect, the conditions of our physical living environment and the well-being of nature. All factors that contribute to well-being could be called life capital or life assets.”

Anielski developed a Genuine Wealth Assessment tool to measure well-being in a community. Related to the assessment tool is the Genuine Wealth Balance Sheet. “The balance sheet reveals the physical, qualitative and monetary conditions of a community or organization. This balance sheet is a comprehensive and integrated assessment of the five capitals necessary for sustainability and flourishing communities.”

  • Human Capital
  • Social Capital
  • Natural or Environmental Capital
  • Built Capital
  • Financial Capital


Binns Lectures

 “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Genuine Happiness
Tuesday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.

Why Money Can’t Buy you Love: The Nature of Money and Happiness
Wednesday, January 29, 10:15 a.m.

Mark Anielski presents these two lectures at William Jewell College.
Both lectures are free and open to the public.

William Jewell Campus
500 College Hill
Liberty, Missouri 64068



Center for Justice and Sustainability Summit 2014:

Genuine Wealth in Kansas City

Saturday, February 8, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join members of the Kansas City community in a conversation about the concept of Genuine Wealth. Mark Anielski will speak and community members dialogue about the concept of Genuine Wealth. The program will include reports from Genuine Wealth studies in the Kansas City area. The Summit is free and open to the public, reservations appreciated.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided.

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

To make a reservation or for more information, contact: Dr. Andy Pratt at 816.415.7557 or pratta AT william.jewell DOT edu.

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