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Visions of a Wellbeing Economy: Greece

By: Anna Chrysopoulou Κοινωνική ευημερία: collective wellbeing (sounds like /kee-no-nee-kee/ /e-vee-me-ree-ah/) Οικονομία της ευτυχίας: Wellbeing Economy   (sounds like /oy-kon-o-me-ah/  /tis/ / ef-tee-hee-ahs/) Greece is a country with several linguistic terms to define the concept of ‘wellbeing’: ευημερία (e-vee-me-ree-ah), ευ ζην (ev zeen), and ευδαιμονία (ev-de-mo-nee-ah). The latter, especially, appears extensively in Greek ethics and […]

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Life-Centered (Wellbeing) Economics for the 21st Century

by: Sandra Waddock There is a lot of talk today about bouncing ‘back’ or returning to what passed for normal before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the world and everyone’s lives. But there is a huge problem with that idea.  By the nature of complexity and wicked problems in social systems, complex systems simply cannot return to prior states once change […]

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People and Planet before Profit? A framework to compare the big ideas

by: Erinch Sahan A fundamental change is sweeping across the business world. Big ideas are spreading, new slogans being echoed, and the very purpose of business being questioned. A host of concepts and initiatives are driving this conversation. From BCorps to Social Enterprise, Cooperatives to Shared Value, the market-place of ideas is heating up. These are […]

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Remembering Andrea Somma Genta

Andrea Somma Genta 1973 to 2020 It is with sadness, but also love and admiration that we put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, to be precise) to share some thoughts about our friend, and partner in working to change the world, Andrea Somma Genta. Andrea passed away recently, peacefully and with her loved […]

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Visions of a Wellbeing Economy: South Africa

by: Xola Keswa Impilo econo kuqala kwesimosomnoto – Wellbeing economy  Zulu South Africa is a country that many greats, including Nelson Mandela, Elon Musk, Mark Shuttleworth, Steve Biko, Mariam Makeba, Trevor Noah, and Mahatma Gandhi, have called home. People will tell very different stories of their experiences in our beautiful country, depending on when they […]

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Social Impact Investment Driving a Wellbeing Economy

by Rutger de Roo van Alderwerelt In exploring topics for my MSc thesis in Financial Economics, I came across the concept of a Wellbeing Economy. With my primary academic focus on the economic impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) in international financial markets, I found few academic articles that relate this field to conceptualising a Wellbeing […]

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Visions of a Wellbeing Economy: The United Arab Emirates

By: Nikita Asnani اقتصاد الرفاهية (wellbeing economy) اقتصاد السعادة (economy of happiness) Arabic I belong to the land of dates – no, not that kind, the edible ones… This horse (shaped) peninsula, engulfed by the pearl-laden Arabian waters, refuses to slow down its speedy gait, be it in technology, science, commerce arts and culture.  What […]

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Reflections on Climate Strikes and a Wellbeing Economy

by Rabia Abrar Over the years, I have committed to ‘do my part’ to help the world ‘fix’ the effects of inequality and the climate crisis. I have joined passionate youth in supporting the work of vitally important organisations which address the downstream effects of inequality and the climate crisis: fundraising to build libraries or to create children’s bed kits, supporting community […]

Ecological Design and Building Back Better

WEAll’s Rabia Abrar wrote a piece for the Autumn edition of The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)’s magazine, on what Building Back Better actually means in the context of a Wellbeing Economy. “Build” is active and participatory.“Back” suggests that some essential elements of the economic system and indeed daily life will return – but crucially […]

Bullshit Jobs and the Wellbeing Economy

By: Rabia Abrar We were all saddened by the recent loss of David Graeber, a true visionary for radical economic change and an unwavering advocate for politics based on kindness.  His work as an influential anthropologist, political activist and professor was instrumental in building a vision of an economy designed to deliver social justice on a healthy […]

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Beyond COVID: How can economies prioritise our wellbeing?

Conventional metrics of economic success, like Gross Domestic Product, have long been criticised for their inability to capture wellbeing, inequality or environmental destruction.  This has led to a growing interest in the different measures of progress, leading some governments, such as Iceland and New Zealand, to trial using wellbeing metrics to determine how government money […]

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The Myth of Green Growth

by Rabia Abrar Recent comments made by Benny Higgins, the chairman of Nicola Sturgeon’s advisory group on economic recovery, have caused quite a stir. WEAll would like to address his claims about how growth is the best way to build a fairer, greener and more equal Scotland. “A market economy is well capable of responding […]

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Care and Education – Cornerstones of Sustainable and Just Economies

By: Beverley Smith WEAll’s Knowledge and Policy Lead, Amanda Janoo and WEAll Wales Hub lead, Duncan Fisher, spoke at the “Care and Education – Cornerstones of Sustainable and Just Economies” webinar. The webinar was hosted by Make Mothers Matter (MMM), a network of 40 grassroots organisations working in 30 countries to support and empower mothers and their families, and to advance the human rights […]

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WEAll Briefing Paper: Understanding Wellbeing

Want to better understand the arguments for a wellbeing economy? Change starts with knowledge.  Today, we publish Understanding Wellbeing, the latest in our series of WEAll Briefings: Little Summaries of Big Issues. WEAll Briefings consolidate and promote the research, theory and practice that demonstrates a wellbeing economy is possible and explores how we can get there. WEAll members, partners and collaborators […]