Weaving Wellbeing into Government Policy Making

Weaving wellbeing into government policy making is no easy task. Rebekah Menzies from Carnegie UK Trust describes how they and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have developed straightforward guidance on developing wellbeing frameworks for cities and regions.

One Earth, One Humanity, One Future: Resurgence celebrates 50 years

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Resurgence magazine, The Resurgence Trust is staging an exciting three-day event, entitled One Earth, One Humanity, One Future, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th September 2016, at Worcester College, Oxford. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are proud to be one of the organisations supporting this event. In this post, we would like to congratulate Resurgence on a fantastic 50 years and highlight some of the wellbeing-related speakers we’re excited to see at their upcoming anniversary event.

Putting Wellbeing at the Heart of Policy: Lessons from Bhutan and Ecuador

A commitment to wellbeing is central to the development strategies of both Bhutan and Ecuador, despite their very different cultures and histories, suggested presentations at a New Economics Foundation (nef), seminar on alternative indicators on Friday 10th June. And a reverence for nature is a feature of both approaches.

Can We Build a Wellbeing Economy When GDP gets in the way?

People from Totnes and the surrounding community gathered in the Methodist Church, on Thursday (4th February 2016), to hear Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti, a global thought leader in the “Beyond GDP” movement and author of Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World's Most Powerful Number, discuss the “wellbeing economy”, and explain how using GDP as a measurement prevents the economy from working in the interests of human and environmental wellbeing.

The Republic of Wellbeing? Life Beyond GDP Event

GDP (Gross Domestic Product): “Measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile,” John F. Kennedy pointed out back in 1968. So why does GDP still have such a hold on our society? Why are we unable to shift our focus at the societal level more strongly towards that which makes our lives worthwhile? How could we re-define wealth and progress in terms of holistic wellbeing, rather than continuing the current obsession with GDP? These are some of the questions to be explored by Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti and Martin Whitlock, at an event - titled The Republic of Wellbeing? Life Beyond GDP! - being held at Totnes Methodist Church from 7.45pm on Thursday 4th February.