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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 […]

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Feasta & EHFF Podcast: Towards Wellbeing

New WEAll Members, European Health Futures Forum (EHFF) and Feasta, have teamed up to deliver the Bridging the Gaps podcast series, which covers topics like: • How best to measure wellbeing • The politics of land • Wealth distribution • Diversity, both biological and cultural • Blame, shame and compassion • The role of digital technology in […]

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Reprogramming our economic ‘operating system’ with an indigenous worldview

Our WEAll member, the Post Growth Institute, recently shared a fantastic article on how we can reprogram our economic operating system to ensure a sustainable future – by adopting an indigenous worldview. The United Nations estimates that indigenous territories cover approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s landmass. This 20 percent landmass stewarded by indigenous peoples […]

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‘Life Beyond COVID’ Inquiry: Call for evidence

This month, the UK House of Lord’s COVID-19 Committee launched its first inquiry on Life Beyond COVID. The Committee is interested in the long-term impact of the pandemic on people’s daily lives as well as on society as a whole. In its first inquiry, the Committee is inviting people to share their hopes and fears about […]

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A new open-access toolbox for future-fit policymaking

By: Lisa Boll, ZOE Institute for future-fit economies ZOE, the Institute for Sustainable Economies, is a non-profit think & do tank. Together with politics, science and civil society, ZOE develops trend-setting impulses for the fundamental questions of a sustainable economy. COVID-19 has revealed the deep-rooted vulnerabilities of our current socio-economic system. “Business as usual” cannot guarantee […]

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Watch the ‘Global Health Classics’ Film Series Every Sunday in July

Our member SOGH and Global Health Film are hosting a series of ‘Global Health Film Classics’ movie screenings every Sunday from July 5th to 26th! The series covers important and topical public health issues, including emerging pandemics. This Sunday, July 5 at 7pm BST, they will screen The Islands and the Whales, which talks about ocean […]

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Meme Generating Workshop

On June 30 2020, WEall hosted its first meme generating workshop. In small groups, the participants used an online meme generating platform, iloveimg to create humorous images about our current economic system. These memes are intended to capture a key piece of narrative development that is vital to disseminating messages around a new economy. WEAll’s […]

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‘Time for Change – New Economy’ – event recording

This week, WEAll joined Social Enterprise Scotland in a webinar: ‘Time for Change – New Economy’ on the role businesses can play in creating a Wellbeing Economy. Three great speakers joined the session: Michael Roy (Glasgow Caledonian University), Michael Weatherhead( Wellbeing Economy Alliance) and Julie McLachlan (North Ayrshire Council). If you missed it, you can […]

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The British public wants to #BuildBackBetter to a Wellbeing Economy

This week, the UK’s #BuildBackBetter campaign launched its #BuildBackBetter statement. The Wellbeing Economy Alliance is proud to support the campaign, alongside over 350 other diverse organisations including civil society organisations, businesses, trade unions and academics. Part of the launch was polling by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), which found that only 6% of the British public want to go […]