With Brexit on the horizon, Scotland, which voted to remain in the European Union, faces a period of unnerving uncertainty. Yet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon manages to keep her moral compass pointing north. Sturgeon leads a re-examination of the gross domestic product (GDP), a measure created by 18th-century Scottish philosopher Adam Smith that attempts to quantify national wealth and economic success. But the calculation has vast shortcomings. In the face of climate change, automation and an aging population, Sturgeon pokes holes in the GDP metric and offers a wholesome, holistic alternative.
About the Speaker
Nicola Sturgeon, a progressive feminist, is the first minister of Scotland and the leader of the Scottish National Party.