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Wellbeing in Action at the Festival of Wellbeing

Organised by flagship green magazine Resurgence & Ecologist - the fourth Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing returns to London’s Bishopsgate Institute on Saturday 10th October, calling for a shift in focus from economic growth to growth in wellbeing. A follow up workshop on Sunday 11th October entitled, ‘How to turn Inspiration into Action’, will explore how the learning from the first day of the Festival can best be put into practice. We are delighted that Resurgence & Ecologist has invited our team here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) to lead on organising this follow-up workshop, which will be held at Friends of the Earth in Clapham and facilitated by Transition Network trainer, Sophy Banks.

Bridging the Gap: Reducing Inequality to Improve Wellbeing for all

The number of billionaires, worldwide, has doubled in the last five years, says a recent report by development charity, Oxfam. Meanwhile, many countries have suffered deep recession, rising unemployment, welfare cuts and falling incomes. It is important to be aware of the impediments inequality poses to wellbeing, and from there we can look at what we can do to support positive change in this area.

New Wellbeing Videos Page, Featuring Oxfam and Monty Don

Many voices are now contributing to ongoing societal dialogue on what wellbeing is, and how we can all best work to support it. Here at NOW we are delighted to share two new video interviews with significant voices in this debate: Chief Executive of Oxfam, Mark Goldring, and well-known broadcaster, Monty Don. Sharing these interviews coincides with the launch of our new Videos page, which also features many other prominent speakers, as well as public talks and community wellbeing activities.

Top 12 Wellbeing Resources of 2014

At the beginning of 2014, NOW launched a free online Wellbeing Database, which offers the opportunity to access and share resources about wellbeing, to enable learning and collaboration. The Wellbeing Database continues to grow, and now includes links to a rich and wide variety of videos, reports, research, guides and toolkits. As we start a new year, it can be valuable to reflect upon what we’ve learned from the year just passed, so we have decided to curate some of the most interesting and helpful resources released in 2014, as featured in our Wellbeing Database.

What Works to Improve Wellbeing?

The time is ripe for wellbeing to become a more significant aspect of policy making; this was the message received from an event hosted last week by the Public Health England (PHE), entitled ‘What Works to Improve Wellbeing?’ There were in fact two events organised on the same topic by PHE, taking place in London and Bristol on Wednesday 29 October 2014. Some of NOW’s team attended the event in Bristol, and found it a very informative experience.