Marilyn Waring advocates for a public policy database that recognizes all unpaid work — and the preservation of ecosystems — instead of relying on GDP.

Why you should listen

Professor Dame Marilyn Waring was elected to the New Zealand parliament at age 23, where she helped lead the country to become nuclear-free. Her parliamentary experiences chairing the Public Expenditure Committee led to her book Counting for Nothing, first published in 1989. Since then, Waring has been an expert development consultant in gender and economics throughout the Asia-Pacific region. She works as a professor of public policy at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Marilyn Waring’s TED talk