How do we move towards a society that prioritizes wellbeing?

Sam is one of our Wellbeing Ambassadors, based in Rochester NY in the United States. He is currently finishing his Master’s dissertation in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College. His work is centred on exploring the impacts of the wellbeing indexes which are already in use, and on their potential for being applied to the local scale. This post provides an introduction to some of the wellbeing measures Sam has been researching thus far.

Wellbeing and the New Economy

There’s lots of talk about happiness and wellbeing at the moment. But what do these words mean and who decides? And can these ideas propel community-led economic regeneration forward? The Network of Wellbeing is working to support the Well and Good Project, in collaboration with the Big Green Canoe, to run a workshop addressing these important questions. The workshop will explore what it means to have a values-led economics based on fundamental human needs.

World of Wellbeing News

Wellbeing is increasingly in the news. More and more, the significance of wellbeing is being recognised in many different sectors and areas of life. Here at the Network of Wellbeing one of our wonderful volunteers, Jesus Martin, is working on collating a summary each month of wellbeing news that may interest you. You can find a summary of wellbeing-related news from last month in this post. If you have any wellbeing-related news and/ or events you would like to share with us then we’d love to hear from you! Please email florence[at] with the details and to discuss further.

NOW at the Tagore Festival

The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) was lucky enough to have a stall at the third annual Tagore Festival held at Dartington Hall, from 28-30 June 2013. Our stall had a prime location within the Bazaar section of the festival, which featured stalls with everything from sculpture to complementary healing, and our neighbouring stall the wonderful Schumacher College Café hosting ‘What if…?’ talks.

Exeter Health and Wellbeing Network is Launched!

Last month, on 13th June, several members of the NOW team participated in the launch of Exeter University’s Health and Wellbeing Network. When we first heard about this network we thought it’s name is so close to ours that we were intrigued to find out more… and so we were delighted to have the chance to attend their launch and do just that!

At the launch, Bob Duggan gave a highly informative and inspiring key note on the need for a shift towards empowering preventative approaches to health. In many ways these are essentially the very same approaches which we know support wellbeing – for example these are summarized in the New Economics Foundation 5 ways to wellbeing (Connect… Be Active… Keep Learning… Take Notice… and Give…). A previous version of Bob’s talk is available online here, so we recommend checking it out to find out more.