World Healthcare Game Changers Forum

Creating the New Capitalism in Japan: Care for People and the Environment

March 10, 2022

Elected Officials to Protect America

Valentine's Day Press Conference

February 17, 2022

Ecotopia Podcast

Radical Change: Buddhist Economics

July 14, 2020

The program is part of our series on Radical Change. Clair is an advocate of a Buddhist Economy, a holistic economic approach, where the economy delivers a high quality of life in a sustainable world. Buddhist economics integrates sustainability, equity, and compassion.

Good Grief Network

Buddhist Economics with Dr. Clair Brown

March 19, 2019

In episode 12 of Good Grief, Aimee and Laura speak with UC Berkeley Economics Professor Dr. Clair Brown in conversation to invite listeners of all backgrounds to imagine an ideal future that benefits all rather than a select few.

The Imperfect Buddha

Why Buddhist Economics is relevant in today’s world

October 19, 2019

Our year long-series on practice continues and we stray further into the world of politics and economics with this episode’s guest. Economics is a form of human practice of course, and not a solid, eternal fixed inevitability. Like politics, it’s a topic often resisted by spiritual and religious folks. Yet, in a democracy, we would all do well to educate ourselves further on this topic that is so deeply woven into our every day lives and even our sens of ourselves in the world, so why not combine a conversation on Buddhism and economics to elucidate alternatives to a world beyond Neo-liberalism? Does Buddhism have something worth adding this kind of conversation?

That’s just what we have done in this episode with Clair Brown, who is an economist at U.C. Berkley. In this episode we discuss Buddhist Economics, the name of her book on the topic. Clair has been active in seeking to construct and teach alternatives to the free market, neo-liberal economic model we are still living under and Buddhism, along with the work of E.F. Schumacher, plays a role.

Using real world evidence and data, she has been developing policies towards an economics more suited to our 21st century plight and a reduction of suffering globally.

KPFA Talkies

Talkies presents: Buddhist Economics!

January 22, 2019

The biggest problems the modern world faces—inequality and climate change—are twins, says Dr. Clair Brown. The looming catastrophe they pose is firmly linked to free market economics. She suggests a better way.

OZY Interview

Meet The Buddhist Economist 

October 2, 2018

Money-Wise Women with Crystal Arnold

Finding Peace with Buddhist Economics Finance

March 15, 2018

What if the economy was aligned with the values of ancient spiritual teachings? A healthy living system will circulate goods and services to provide well-being for all people. Exchanges in a sacred marketplace will kindle the spiritual fire, creating greater joy and satisfaction. Through virtuous earning and spending, people will care for each other and the earth, aligning their purpose and values with their money.

Yale Climate Connections

In 'Buddhist Economics,' sustainability is more important than GDP

February 11, 2019

In a college economics class, students typically discuss concepts like supply and demand, opportunity costs, and purchasing power. But income inequality and climate change? Not so much.

Clair Brown is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

“My students in Econ 1 used to come to me, ‘Professor Brown, these models don’t allow us to study the problems we care about. We care about inequality, we care about climate change, we care about global suffering, and these models just assume all that away.'”

Finding Genius Podcast

Insight on Environmental and Global Health from an Economist

July 2, 2020

Tune in to discover:

  • How economics have changed over the last few decades for the better in terms of understanding human interdependence and impermanence
  • How the coronavirus has and will continue to change the economy and the way in which companies operate, as well as the way people perceive value and change
  • In what three key areas countries need to improve their policies and performance

“Most people go into economics because they want to change the way the world works. Most people really do care about…how well people are living…inequality…the climate crisis, the health emergency, and racial justice, but economists tend to think that all of those things are interdependent in economic systems, and that how the economy works can make a difference in all of those areas,” says Brown, as she explains why she’s an economist.


Mind, Body, Health

December 15, 2018

Dr. Marvin Trotter interviews Dr. Clair Brown, Ph. D, author of "Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science". They discuss the economics of healthcare from a Buddhist perspective.

CIIS Public Programs Podcast

Y-Vonne Hutchinson and Clair Brown: The Future Of Work

October 3, 2018

International labor lawyer, Y-Vonne Hutchinson, and Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, Clair Brown, explore the positive and negative impacts of technology on the world of work. This conversation was a collaboration with the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland.


Buddhist Economy: How to pass from self-centered materialism to shared prosperity in a sustainable world

September 19, 2018

According to Prof. Clair Brown, we are facing two major challenges: increasing inequality and ecological crisis. And these two problems are the consequence of the mainstream competitive economic model, popularly called the free market model, which pushes consumerism, selfishness, and domination of nature, leaving people suffering in a world out of balance. Buddhist economics is an alternative, that goes beyond self-centered materialism and provides a framework for an economy that delivers shared prosperity in a sustainable world where the human spirit flourishes.

10% Happier with Dan Harris

#70: Clair Brown, Economist, Author of 'Buddhist Economics'

April 5, 2017

Clair Brown, an economics professor at UC-Berkeley and a Tibetan Buddhist, was teaching an introductory course when she asked herself, "How would Buddha teach Econ One?" Brown went on to write the book, "Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science," and advocates for a more mindful approach to how we contribute to society, for example, that as consumers, we should work to simplify our lives by focusing on what matters most to us, buying less and reducing our carbon footprint.

Systems Thinking the Food System

Systems Thinking the Food System

Will Rosenzweig and Clair Brown

July 2018

Companies Not Investing In New Technologies Have a lot of Unhappy Workers

Unisys survey finds large digital workplace divide - frustrated workers ready to quit

June 27, 2018

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Buddhist Economics

March 9, 2018

Conference Interview

Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice 2018 International Conference Interview

July 2018

Commonwealth Club

Buddhist Economics

June 12, 2017

WGVU Public Media

Part 2 - Interview

April 17, 2017

Positive Feedback Podcast - 2017 Brisbane Writers Festival

Anthropocene: A New Epoch All of Our Own Making

October 30, 2017


How Would Buddha Teach Economics?

October 24, 2017


Life Matters

September 8, 2017

WGVU Public Media

Part 1 - Interview

April 10, 2017

Inner Revolutionary Radio

What if 'Buddhist' Economics Ruled Our World? A Conversation Between Host Todd Benton and Clair Brown, UC Berkeley Economics Professor and Author of Buddhist Economics.

April 13, 2017

Life Unscripted with Betsy Chase

Life Unscripted with guest host Cate Montana and Dr. Clair Brown  

March 21, 2017

UC Berkeley Social Science Matrix

Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley (Video, Mar 2):  

March 9, 2017

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach To The Dismal Science

March 9, 2017

This Is Hell! Podcast

On the transcendental promise of Buddhist economics.

March 4, 2017

Bloomberg Business: Odd Lots Podcast

68: Could Buddhism Save The Global Economy?
February 2017

That Got Me Thinking with Ellie Newman

What Would Buddha Say About Our Free Market Economy?

February 20, 2017

Commonwealth Club National Podcast

Creating Quality of Life in a Sustainable Global Economy,
May 12, 2016

Interfaith Radio Podcast

Merging Meditation with the Marketplace
April 25, 2014