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Creating a Happier World: Reflections from Satish Kumar

A few weeks ago I attended Happier World Conference in London. This was an incredible event, filled with inspiring people keen to be a force of kindness and happiness in the world. One of the many amazing speakers at this event was NOW's Chair of Trustees, Satish Kumar. In his talk, Satish outlined his experiences of building happy communities, through his work at Schumacher College, Resurgence and more.

Towards a Global Wellbeing Economies Alliance: Video with Katherine Trebeck

The current economic system has become addicted to GDP growth at all costs and has lost sight of the larger goal of sustainable wellbeing. It needs to be fundamentally transformed into a wellbeing economy which is aimed at achieving dignity and fairness, for humans and the rest of nature. This video shares a discussion with guest speaker Katherine Trebeck, from the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WeAll), about building an economy that is better for the wellbeing of people and planet. This is a recording of a webinar which forms part of a free 'Building Wellbeing Together' webinar series via the Network of Wellbeing (NOW).

Four Ways to Simplify Your Life and Feel Great this Spring

Each year we buy and throw away more stuff. Advertising is everywhere – on our TVs, social media feeds, magazines – and it means we all feel the pressure to buy more despite the fact that research shows that buying stuff doesn’t even make us happy.

This spring, Global Action Plan launched Simplify Life – our campaign to help people escape the energy zapping cycle of more more more and focus on what really matters to them – be it time with loved ones, time for themselves, connecting with nature or learning new skills. We created a calendar with 28 ways you can create space in your home and your mind.

Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland: New Support for Communities

Guest post by Aideen McGinley, Chair of the Advisory Group for the Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland project, Carnegie UK Trust

Across the UK and Ireland, local government, in discussion with communities and citizens, is increasingly being given the freedom to map out the economic, social, environmental, and democratic outcomes they are striving for, responsive to local priorities and challenges.

Health as a Social Movement: Creatively Overcoming Loneliness in Care Homes

Guest blog post about Airedale Social Movement by Laura Cope, Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society has been running the Airedale Social Movement Programme in Airedale, Wharfedale, Craven and Leeds since August 2016. This programme is funded by NHS England as part of their New Models of Care; Health of a Social Movement Programme until April 2018. The programme aims to bring local communities into the care home, and put the care home at the heart of the community.