Share Shop : A library of Things – Coming to Totnes

Here at the Network of Wellbeing, we have been seeding a Share Shop in Totnes. The great news is we now have a venue thanks to Totnes Town Council and a grant to support us thanks to The Big Lottery fund. The council have granted us a space to pilot the Share Shop in The Guild Hall garage on Guild Hall Yard. The Share Shop would enable local people to borrow all sorts of useful things at nominal cost so that they don’t have to buy them for themselves. The aim is to encourage the sharing economy; to help people connect more, spend less, consume less, and waste less.

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.