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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.

Stop GDP to Change the World

This post is part of our Sharing Our World series, in which we are encouraging exploration of the links between wellbeing, consumerism and environmentalism. This series is timed to coincide with two significant current events; Buy Nothing Day and the COP21 international climate change negotiations.

Sharing our World: NOW’s Activities to Mark Buy Nothing Day and COP21

It’s nearly a year since hysteria broke out in British shops as people stampeded, shoved each other and even fought to get hold of bargains on Black Friday – the sale that Americans traditionally hold on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and which our retailers have enthusiastically embraced. Despite the chaos in 2014, UK stores seem intent on ramping up the fervour yet again this year, notwithstanding attempts in both the US and UK to claim this day as Buy Nothing Day and to take a stand against excessive consumerism.

NEF Calls for New Measures of Progress Beyond GDP

Focusing only on Gross domestic product (GDP) as a sign of societal progress does not reflect the priorities of the British people, says a new report from the London-based think-and-do tank, the New Economics Foundation (NEF). In the new report, released today, NEF says that rather than GDP, the public is more concerned about wellbeing, the quality of jobs, environmental protection, fairness and health. Good economic and social policy should make these the priorities, the report concludes. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are happy to be one of the organisations which endorsed this NEF report.

SHARE - A Library of Things

A new Somerset enterprise is connecting their community by sharing things and skills. In this guest blog post, the team from SHARE – A Library of Things explain how the project got started. The NOW team are currently considering the potential of setting up a similar project in Totnes. If you are based in Totnes and this could be of interest to you, please check out the survey link included in this post to share your views.