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The Network of Wellbeing’s vision is a world in which everyone’s wellbeing needs can be met met within the planet’s natural limits. In this category you will find resources which add to the valuable discussion on the links between wellbeing and the natural environment. We think this is a very important topic to consider, in order to better appreciate our lives now, and also to ensure we can create a more sustainable future.

You can find a review/summary of a selection of these resources in this blog post.

Sharpening our Focus: Guidance on wellbeing frameworks for cities and regions

Cities and regions face particular challenges in developing wellbeing frameworks. Carnegie Associate Pippa Coutts, in partnership with the OECD Regional Development Policy Division, has developed straightforward guidance for cities and regions that want to develop their own wellbeing frameworks to measure progress and prioritise resources.

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey: Attitudes to Social Networks, Civic Participation & Co-production

This report presents findings from the 2015 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey. It explores levels of social capital in Scotland by addressing a number of key questions:

• How connected are people to their local area and to what extent do people belong to social networks?
• Which groups are more likely to feel they belong to…

The Happy Planet Index 2016 – Briefing Paper

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) measures what matters: sustainable wellbeing for all. It tells us how well nations are doing at achieving long, happy, sustainable lives.

This briefing paper offers a short overview of the index and of the 2016 results.

You can explore all the data at

Public health in a changing climate

The recent shift of public health departments from primary care trusts to local authorities in England provides scope for more joined-up action to mitigate and adapt to climate change locally. Climate change poses both a threat and an opportunity for public health. This report reviews current local strategies and actions to address climate change by public health departments and their…

Green, healthy and happy

Once, the concern about the environment and the appreciation of nature were considered to follow only after the satisfaction of our material needs (the so-called post-materialist thesis). Since the early 1980s there has been a surge in the use of phrases like ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’. There is an increasing interest in the impact of environment and environmental attitudes…

Well-being Indicator Tool for Youth (WIT-Y)

The Well-being Indicator Tool for Youth (WIT-Y) was designed for youth aged 15-21 years. It consists of:

- The WIT-Y assessment, an online tool that youth can complete to explore their well-being across eight domains.

- The WIT-Y Snapshot, which gives youth a picture of their well-being based on the assessment they completed.

A Multidisciplinary Framework for Measuring and Improving Wellbeing

Wellbeing is a dynamic multidisciplinary concept for a better future. We can see wellbeing as a balance point between resources and challenges, autonomy and intensity, as well as support and demand. Any system to measure, understand, or increase wellbeing must contain multidisciplinary theories and findings, incorporate co-responsibility and appreciative inquiry, and include feedback loops that allow for accurate measurement of…

Regenerative Capitalism How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape the New Economy

TOWARDS A REGENERATIVE ECONOMY - A report for The Capital Institute by John Fullerton April 2015

It is our view that the exponential growth of compound investment returns demanded by the financial system is in irreconcilable conflict with the finite boundaries of the biosphere. We believe this relentless and narrow pursuit of exponential growth of returns on…

The State of Natural Capital: Protecting and Improving Natural Capital for Prosperity and Wellbeing

The third and final State of Natural Capital report from the Natural Capital Committee recommends that the UK Government, working closely with the private sector and NGOs, should develop a comprehensive strategy to protect and improve natural capital.

The report presents a series of potential environmental investments that offer good economic returns such as peatland restoration and…

Let’s talk about meat: changing dietary behaviour for the 21st century

Strong evidence now exists of the need to shift diets towards reduced levels of meat-eating among high consuming countries like the UK to help address climate change, promote public health and help feed the world more fairly and humanely.
But understanding how to achieve this dietary behaviour change has not yet received the attention it deserves.
This report…