Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

 

Ana Gómez

What’s kept you busy in July?

  • Meetings with potential new local hubs in various locations including Wales, New Zealand and Canada
  • Revamping WEAll Talk – which is a format we have developed for conversations about any topic that members want to discuss. I’m  excited to be programming a really interesting set of discussions for the rest of 2019
  • Developing a thank-you document for our amazing members, and making improvements to the ways we communicate with members.

July highlight:

  • The first New Zealand hub call – there was amazing energy there amongst a diverse group of people

August priorities:

  • Preparing for a trip to Latin America to participate in Encuentro+B with Sistema B
  • The first new WEAll Talk led by one of our members
  • Continuing to support the new and existing hubs

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in July?

  • I’ve taken over coordination of the Narratives cluster and have spent a lot of time understanding what’s going on there, and figuring out the best ways to move forward. It’s been great to meet and work with lots of our members engaged with this work
  • A user survey helped us make improvements to the Citizens platform, and we’re also planning Offers and Needs Market events with Citizens in collaboration with Post Growth Institute on August 19 and September 4, which I’m excited about
  • Developing a project proposal with Promoting Economic Pluralism for a pluralist economics training course, and submitting it to funders.

July highlight:

  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, giving a powerful TED Talk about the Wellbeing Economy Governments initiative

August priorities:

  • A major overhaul of the WEAll website and vision brochure, which already kicked off in July
  • A trip to Iceland with the Research core team to work on messaging to communicate the amazing ideas already out there
  • Lots more to do with the Narratives cluster, including a joint project with the Green Economy Coalition to engage with creative communicators in the UK.

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in July?

  • A trip to Berlin, which included a great event about growth (what is it good for?) with our member Emerge, and lots of time with Dirk Philipsen who is helping develop the WEToolbox element of the WEAll knowledge work and talking to some key figures about their rationale for economic growth
  • Developing a suite of WE Ideas papers with the Research core team – and recruiting the marvellous Claire Sommer to support with editing and messaging of our products
  • Spending time meeting with many wonderful colleagues and partners, including in Scotland where opportunities continue to flourish (including with that awesome TED Talk from the First Minister)

July highlights:

  • Spending time away on a much needed reading and writing retreat, catching up with the latest thinking relevant to WEAll as well as my own to-do list!
  • Being name checked by the bold UK MP Caroline Lucas, who raised a debate in Parliament on the purpose of the economy
  • Getting a sneak preview of the forthcoming Wellbeing Economies documentary that I’m part of – and being blown away.

August priorities:

  • Another trip to Germany – this time to hang out with some inspiring young people
  • Being with the Research cluster family in Iceland for in-depth sessions on our work and messaging
  • Publishing the first two WE Ideas papers – watch this space.

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in July?

  • Finalising a chapter on technology in a wellbeing economy for a new book
  • Engagement with many funders
  • Preparing for and chairing the second meeting of the WEAll Global Council

July highlight:

  • Submitting several applications to funders that we’re very proud of

July priorities:

  • Working with Lisa and US colleagues on plans for US narratives work
  • Continuing to build relationships with existing and potential funders
  • Working with Global Council co-chair Wendy on strategy.

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in July

  • A great trip to the US where I participated in the SDG Transformations Forum, met with funders and spent time with our corporate partner Velcro
  • Writing and submitting funding bids
  • Kicking off the process for the forthcoming ‘Alternatives to Business as Usual Guide’ with our delivery partners SenseTribe

July highlight:

  • Developing and submitting a bid for an African leapfrogging project with our Africa-based members

August priorities:

  • Interviews and content development for the Alternatives to Business As Usual Guide
  • Attending meetings about system change at the OECD in Paris
  • Taking some time off to spend with family and to relocate back home to the UK.

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

 

Ana Gómez

What’s kept you busy in June?

  • Our team meeting together for the first time since last December
  • The confirmation of my attendance to Encuentro+B, the connections already made with Sistema B and the excitement of a bigger connection with Latin America
  • The interest and acceptance in New Zealand to establish a WEAll NZ Hub

June highlight:

  • Being in Scotland!

July priorities:

  • First call with key actors in NZ to start WEAll NZ Hub, along with the one in Canada and Costa Rica
  • Trying to get in touch with different movements and networks around the world to give WEAll more diversity and opportunities of collaboration about members
  • …and that I’ll be turning 46 on July 7th!

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in June?

  • Continuing to develop WEAll Citizens – early users gave fantastic feedback via our survey, and we’re making changes based on this. Valuable connections are being made on the platform every day, which is exciting to see
  • Lots of great events in Scotland that I helped coordinate or was part of, including: WEAll Scotland’s first community engagement event in Mayfield, Midlothian in partnership with Oxfam; an event on feminist economics and new technologies in Easterhouse; a roundtable dinner with Deloitte and business leaders on wellbeing economies; a conference on narratives and framing with JRF
  • It feels like here in the UK, more and more interest in wellbeing economics is emerging. I was truly impressed by Ed Miliband’s podcast on the topic, and there have been APPG meetings about the wellbeing economy at Westminster as well as favourable motions passed at Edinburgh and Glasgow city councils. Change is in the air!

June highlight:

  • We’re all saying the same thing, but it was so important to have three days together as a team in Scotland. We managed to finish conversations about every single element of our strategy and work, and we really needed it!

July priorities:

  • Continuing to develop WEAll Citizens with a focus on strategic partnerships
  • A review and big update of both the WEAll website and our vision brochure, working with Frankie at the Equality Trust
  • I’ve taken over the coordination of the Narratives cluster from Katherine, and there’s lots of work to do in this space including pursuing funding opportunities
  • …outside of work, I’m helping organise – and performing in – the Encontro Street Band Festival in Glasgow (26-28 July), always the highlight of my summer!

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in June?

  • Loads of activities promoting the WE agenda to external audiences – several talks in too many different cities, including opening the GIZ climate gathering in Berlin with a call to prioritise an economy that delivers collective wellbeing and speaking at Westminster to an All Party Parliamentary Group
  • Meeting several members or future in London – NESTA, the Rapid Transition Alliance, the Strategy and Communications Group
  • Hanging out with two important families – the Amp team and my Mum and Dad (but not at the same time)

June highlight:

  • Speaking with an amazing group of passionate community activists in the north west of England who are building a wellbeing economy agenda from the bottom up. Loads to be inspired by here, loads WEAll can do to help

July priorities:

  • Back in Scotland for loads of meetings with some Research Fellows and WEAll Scotland (including new Trustees!) and its allies.
  • Back in Berlin to work with Dirk Philipsen on some knowledge products, the resources hub project and meet some possible WEAll members
  • Protecting some time for finally diving deep into some writing and research

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in June?

  • Follow up calls and actions from April/May Fundraising trip to California
  • Wonderful Amp meeting in Strachur
  • Writing chapter on New Economic System for the Anthropocene for Lancaster University

June highlight:

  • Amp team Face to face meeting. It was highly productive and very supportive especially as I was not in Malaga – and also making contact with potential major philanthropic funding source

July priorities:

  •  Funder Follow up and submissions continued
  • Global Council planning and outreach
  • Contacting potential new members with Ana
  • Work on California and other US Hubs
  • Finalising chapter for Ecological Economics book

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in June

  • Running a story telling session and workshop on the creation of alliances for the German government’s development agency
  • First meeting of Amp team in six months
  • Agreeing a plan for the development of the Alternative to Business as Usual Guide

June highlight:

  • Back to back meetings in London and Edinburgh on a strategy to engage businesses, society and politicians around the issue of short-termism

July priorities:

  • Start the ‘Alternative to Business as Usual Guide’
  • Prepare plans for Global Council to consider as regards WEAll’s future legal structure
  • Fundraising

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

 

Ana Gómez

What’s kept you busy in May?

  • Following up on lots of exciting connections made at NESI Forum, including new WEAll members and many wonderful collaborators here in Spain
  • Supporting the development and setup of new WEAll local hubs including in New Zealand and Canada
  • As ever, meeting with members and particularly on-boarding new members is the best part of my job! We had more new members than ever in May

May highlight:

  • The launch of WEAll Canada (WEAll Can!) with an amazing 15 members already

June priorities:

  • A trip to Scotland, a place I truly love, to be together with the rest of the Amp Team
  • Working with Lisa and Isabel to engage with our new WEAll Citizens – including calls about hubs for those who are interested (and there are lots!), and Spanish language tutorials
  • Continued support for new hubs

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in May?

  • The first month of WEAll Citizens – we’ve been running weekly tutorials, developing the platform and building partnerships. It’s great to see over 300 people around the world using the platform to collaborate and make change
  • A huge amount of media interest in wellbeing economy concepts with coverage by New York Times, Reuters, BBC and many more. This included coverage of the EEB campaign for a European Sustianability and Wellbeing Pact, which WEAll supported
  • A packed week in London meeting with existing and potential members, supporting the London book launch of Arrival, and developing funding relationships

May highlight:

  • Attending the launch of the first Wellbeing Economy Governments policy lab in Edinburgh, and hearing the Scottish First Minister and Icelandic Prime Minister speak passionately about their commitment to building wellbeing economies

June priorities:

  • Continuing to develop Citizens with a focus on strategic partnerships
  • Lots of exciting events  in Scotland that I’m involved in: WEAll Scotland’s first community consultation, a WEAll Scotland/Deloitte business roundtable, speaking about WEAll at a Platform community event in Glasgow, and a JRF conference on story telling
  • Spending time with the Amp Team

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in May?

  • Seeing the movement expand –  I had a fantastic trip ton Canada where potential for a WEAll Can is strong, via the energy and ideas of colleagues on the narratives cluster who joined our May call, and via the attention the wellbeing economy agenda is getting (more audiences wanting to hear about it, including those who came to the Arrival London launch!)
  • Narratives was a strong theme for a successful trip to London, working with our friends at the GEC to build partnerships in this space
  • As ever there’s been a lot happening in Scotland! We held a lovely celebration evening to mark WEAll Scotland’s registration as a charity. I’ve been involved in exciting events including the launch of the Enough! project, and also been in the Scottish media a fair bit promoting the wellbeing economy agenda

May highlight:

June priorities:

  • The Amp Team being together – and also having a little bit of time off to spend with my family
  • Taking the WEAll message to Westminster with involvement at two All Party Parliamentary meetings – and participating in the Disruptive Innovation Festival in London, too
  • Continuing to work with the awesome people in the Research and Narratives clusters – I especially look forward to the Research calls!

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in May?

  • At the start of the month I was in San Francisco, meeting funders, potential member organisations and trustees of Christopher Reynolds Foundation who have subsequently awarded a grant to WEAll
  • Fundraising meetings and relationship building, including following up on connections made on my US trip
  • The first meeting of the WEAll Global Council, which I am chairing

May highlight:

  • Rounding off a very positive trip to California, full of connections and learning

June priorities:

  • Spending time with team in Scotland
  • Continued fundraising through application development and relationship building

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in May?

  • Two German trips, meeting with funders and convening members and potential members
  • Green lighting the Alternatives to Business As Usual guide, and submitting funding applications to get it going
  • Kicking off the Global Council, and supporting its members to start undertaking their new roles

May  highlight:

  • The first WEAll gathering in Germany, held in Berlin in collaboration with BMW Foundation

June priorities:

  •  Pursuing funding opportunities
  • Developing training with Velcro for customer-facings sales team
  • Continued development of the Alternatives to Business As Usual guide

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

 

Ana Gómez

What’s kept you busy in April?

  • Finalising the WEAll hub guide
  • Preparing for our presence at NESI and the WEAll members’ gathering in Malaga afterwards
  • As ever, meeting with members and particularly on-boarding new members is the best part of my job!

April highlight:

  • Being together in Malaga with over 40 WEAll members, sharing positive energy and determination to change the system. It was truly amazing

May priorities:

  • Disseminating the hub guide and making progress with getting new hubs set up, working together with our members
  • Building on our members’ gathering to develop the next steps for working together

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in April?

  • Developing and launching WEAll Citizens! I’m proud of the platform, which you can join at www.weallcitizens.org
  • WEAll Scotland became a registered charity, had an awesome strategic away day and is now recruiting trustees. We also got an opinion piece in The Herald about Scotland’s approach to growth to coincide with SNP conference
  • Attended a civil society roundtable event with Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, and got the chance to ask him about the purpose of the economy

April highlight:

  • Being in Malaga with our wonderful members, and getting really positive feedback on the Citizens platform

May priorities:

  • Building up and promoting WEAll Citizens with a public comms campaign
  • Wellbeing Economy Governments first policy lab
  • Spending a week in London at the Arrival book launch, meeting with members and working on narrative project planning

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in April?

  • Working on funding proposals (including a lovely one about Stewart which was really a leadership prize – so nice to pull together material about our dear Chair) plus partnership conversations with the likes of the Club of Rome, the University of Glasgow, Duke Uni, the Scottish Government, The Alternative UK etc.
  • Liaison with WEAll researchers to get knowledge products rolling in – so proud of the breadth of expertise amongst the WEAll family
  • Lobbying + advocacy: meeting the BBC Economics Editor, going on the BBC to talk about focusing on growth being incompatible with dealing with climate change, and publishing a piece about this in the Scottish Herald

April highlight:

  • Being WITH many of our wonderful WEAll family. We missed those who couldn’t make it to Malaga, but I left feeling so proud and honoured and energised by the people us Amp team are so lucky to work with

May priorities:

  • WEGo launch on May Day
  • London launch of Arrival
  • A trip to Canada to meet funders and talk about beyond GDP measures

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in April?

  • Planning and going on an exciting trip to the US to meet with funders and members
  • Finishing a chapter on technology as it relates to the wellbeing economy for a forthcoming book

April highlight:

  • Being part of a fantastic event in Irvine, California where I connected with members, allies and potential funders. Lots of interest in WEAll after I chaired the final panel session

May priorities:

  • Inaugurating the WEAll Global Council, which I will be chairing

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in April?

  • Hosting pre-NESI webinars with fantastic expert speakers
  • Final preparation for – then delivery of – a successful NESI Forum in Malaga

April  highlight:

  • Being at NESI Forum, particularly time spent with WEAll’s members

May priorities:

  • The first meeting of the WEAll Global Council
  • Fundraising applications, with a focus on the business cluster proposals

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

 

Ana Gómez

What’s kept you busy in March?

  • March is the month I found my perfect place to live and even though it caused me to take a week vacation it’s a WEAll highlight because it added so much wellbeing to my life I need everyone to know 😉
  • Creating a Hub Guide and the potential of what it’s going to happen in the future with more WEAll hubs being created
  • The different new members I have got to meet through different calls have a huge motivation in my day to day work

March highlight:

  • My new home!

April priorities:

  • April is shaping up to be a really vivid and exciting month and especially the fact that I’ll be meeting in person many of WEAll members in Malaga makes it very especial. Looking forward to our gathering and the Forum’s encounter and work!

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in March?

  • I had two wonderful weeks of holiday time, visiting family and exploring new places
  • Developing WEAll Citizens
  • Lots of updates to our website with great guest blog content, new pages for the Scotland team and research and business clusters, and additions to the resource hub
  • A fantastic joint event between Rethinking Economics and WEAll Scotland on economics education reform, including the Scottish Government Chief Economist

March highlight:

  • Finding a great solution for the Citizens online platform and working with Isabel and members to plan the Citizens user experience

April priorities:

  • Finalising the WEAll Citizens online platform ready to soft launch at NESI
  • NESI Global Forum in Malaga – spending time with members and meeting lots of new people, building the wellbeing economy together
  • An important away day with WEAll Scotland, and starting to recruit the board

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in March?

  • Promoting the agenda: talks to economic development officials and a kindness network, a lecture to economics students, being on a panel with Rethinking Economics, and publishing a load of blogs all pushing a Wellbeing Economy
  • Working with a people from the WEAll family on a concept note for our narratives work
  • Great meetings in London with Jason Hickel from our Research Fellows Network and with Tearfund who are really interested in collaborating

March highlight:

  • The energy and partnership in action of WEAll Scotland event with Rethinking Economics

April priorities:

  • Much needed away day with the WEAll Scotland team; and more work on funding proposals for Scotland
  • Narratives work
  • Meeting the Economics Editor at BBC Scotland to brief him about a wellbeing economy
  • And seeing loads of the WEAll family at NESI!

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in March?

  • Planning for an exciting trip to the US to meet with funders and members
  • Writing a chapter on technology as it relates to the wellbeing economy for a forthcoming book
  • Recruiting new WEAll Ambassadors
  • Meetings with potential funders

March highlight:

  • Getting positive responses from some wonderful new Ambassadors – we’re looking forward to announcing them soon!

April priorities:

  • Making the most of my trip to California, where the priority is fundraising for WEAll

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in March?

  • Hosting pre-NESI webinars with fantastic expert speakers
  • Preparing for NESI including site visits and finalisation of the programme
  • Supporting WEAll Citizens development including identifying a platform provider

March  highlight:

  • Setting up the formal relationship between the new WEAll Trust and our hosts The Equality Trust – not thrilling stuff, but very important

April priorities:

  • The final design and planning for NESI
  • Delivering NESI Forum successfully, and spending time with WEAll members in Malaga
  • Fundraising applications, with a focus on the business cluster proposals

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

 

Ana Gómez

What’s kept you busy in February?

  • Bringing new and committed members to the network. Engaging members even more in the different working groups
  • Creating and giving form to WEAll Slack working space. I’m positive this will bring  more transparency and easiness in our way of working together.
  • Helping some of the WEAll Members their communications around the NESI Forum. It’s being helpful to facilitate resources to promote the Forum but to meet and catch up with all of them. Thank you!

February highlight:

  • Bringing Slack into the network’s collaboration’s dynamics so our way of work together will be easier, more transparent and useful for everyone.

March priorities:

  • Mapping Hubs – The creation of a Hubs Guide
  • Continue organising WEAll TALKs where members can share and learn from each others
  • Hopefully getting WEAll Youth started in Spain

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in February?

  • A successful trip to New York meeting funders and members – lots of positive energy around our work and our future plans
  • Lots of updates to the WEAll website, bringing it in line with our Vision brochure
  • Developing plans for WEAll Citizens

February highlight:

  • Spending quality time face to face with members in New York, sharing plans and working out ways to collaborate more effectively

March priorities:

  • I’m off on holiday for the first two weeks of March, spending time with family
  • When I get back, working on Citizens and getting ready for NESI Forum will be my big priorities

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in February?

  • A Parliamentary launch of WEAll Scotland at Holyrood. It was co-hosted by the Scottish Future’s Forum and the Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee and attended by Members of the Scottish Parliament of all stripes and a range of WEAll supporters – businesses, civil servants, civil society organisations (pictures, a write up and my introductory talk are here:http://scotlandfutureforum.org/scotland-2030-a-wellbeing-economy/)
  • A trip to London for the meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity which is always fascinating and inspiring. Added in some meetings with WEAll members such as the Rapid Transitions Alliance & Action for Happiness – so good to see folk in person!
  • Finally being in a position to being work on our outputs pipeline and plans – basically the synthesis products (in all shapes and sizes) that we want to pull together in order to build a coherent body of theory and practice about a wellbeing economy

February highlight:

  • More people joining the WEAll Research Fellows Networks (we’ve got a great team, but it is a little a reflection of my contacts, so please do suggest names for people beyond the UK!). Folks’ reactions to the invitations has been a nice reminder just how many good people there are who want to work together to make the economy more humane and more sustainable.

March priorities:

  • Shaping up some funding proposals with WEAll Scotland and for the narratives cluster
  • Getting on with work on those synthesis papers!

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in February?

  • A successful trip to New York meeting funders and members – Some money definitely raised and good potential for more
  • A visit to Vancouver speaking at GABV Summit  ( link to my blog)
  • Following up on New York meetings
  • Initiating new fundraising contacts
  • Strategic discussions with members including Club of Rome
  • Engaging in next steps on narrative

February highlight:

  • Opening up major fundraising opportunities

March priorities:

  • Continued fundraising focus
  • Work with Research cluster
  • Chapter on Technology in Ecological Economics book

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in February?

  • Our fundraising and networking trip to New York
  • Establishing WEAll as a UK Trust within our new home at The Equality Trust
  • Onboarding new members of the WEAll biz cluster and exploring cross-strategy opportunities with members of the leadership cluster

February  highlight:

  • Our fundraising networking trip to New York

March priorities:

  • A successful round of pre-forum NESI webinars
  • Agreeing final details of NESI Forum design and personnel
  • Recruiting for WEAll’s Global Council
  • Planning delivery of  priority projects in 2019

Blog by Stewart Wallis, WEAll Chair

 

 

Seven years after first speaking at a Global Alliance on Banking and Values (GABV) summit in Vancouver, it was wonderful to be back doing the same again.

GABV is a member of WEAll and in turn WEAll is a partner of GABV, working together to pursue economic system change and transform the financial system within that.

Hosted by GABV member bank Vancity, this year’s summit was a huge and dynamic gathering with between 400-500 participants. The theme spoke to the multiple challenges of our era: “Migrants, #MeToo, and Melting Icecaps…Redefining Banking for a Radically Different Future.”

It was a privilege to share the stage with wonderful keynote speakers:

Sheila Watt-Cloutier: Author and Activist, Canada from Inuit Nation who spoke so movingly about climate change. “If you protect the Arctic, you save the plan

et,” she said. “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. Everything is connected through our common atmosphere, not to mention our common spirit and our common humanity.”

Tima Kurdi: Author of “The Boy on the Beach” and aunt of Alan Kurdi, whose tragic image shocked and moved the world in 2015. Tima evoked the most powerful expression of our common humanity and our common responsibility I have ever heard. The whole room was in tears following her speech.

Musimbi Kanyoro: CEO of the Global Fund for Women. She issued a clarion call for more power for women and girls worldwide combined with practical next steps.

John Fullerton: President of Capital Institute (a WEAll member organisation and we’re working together closely on hubs.) John gave the public address on the first evening and brilliantly laid the ground for my panel the next day. He stressed clearly the need for system change rather than incremental reform

In my panel I focused on the need for the economic system to be based in human and ecological wellbeing. I started by saying that yesterday humanity exploded 250,000 Hiroshima size level atomic bombs in our oceans…not literally, of course. However, the latest research shows the heat being released in the oceans is equivalent to 3-6 atomic bombs per second.

I then talked about income inequality, highlighting that last year the richest 28 people on the planet had the same wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion and the wealth of the billionaires went up last year, while the wealth of the poorest went down.

When we consider how these crises are interacting, we shouldn’t be surprised that our politics is going the way that it is. Fundamentally, the economic system we’ve got is broken, it’s dangerous and it’s violent. We’ve got to call it as it is and urge those with imagination to create a different economic system: one that’s got well-being of both the planet and humans and that puts regeneration at its heart.

The economic system had been changed twice in the 20th century and with collaboration, determination and imagination we could do so again. A new movement may never have an elite power base and billions of dollars in funds behind it, but it can have millions of hearts and hands. What WEAll is trying to achieve is bold, vital and entirely possible.

After the panel, I led a breakout group on changing the system through partnership. The interest in system change can be judged by the fact that about a quarter of the participants joined this group when they had 12 groups to choose from! A key proposal from this group to the GABV CEOs was that GABV banks could lead in their communities/cities/regions in bringing together other actors to form system change hubs. This is an exciting idea for WEAll and we will be exploring this further with GABV.

As always, some of the joys of such an event are the contacts and discussions outside the conference hall. I had discussions with some of the GABV member banks about specific collaboration, initiated conversations with four potential WEAll member organisations, identified potential participants for the Finance Cluster and agreed a set of detailed collaborative actions with Sandrine Dixson-Decleve , Co President of The Club of Rome (another WEAll member). Perhaps most energising of all were discussions with the Young Leaders Delegation at the Summit. They want to form a Youth hub in Vancouver so I can’t wait to put them in touch with WEAll Youth.

Finally, it was so refreshing to be with a group of bankers who want to change the world!

 

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

 

Ana Gomez

What’s kept you busy in January?

  • Bringing new and committed members to the network. Engaging members even more in the different working groups
  • Putting WEAll Talk in action to bring a space for member to talk and share relevant topics for them
  • Making the first steps with another member, María Lorente, to build WEAll Youth in Spain.

January highlight:

  • Bringing Slack into the network’s collaboration’s dynamics so our way of work together will be easier, more transparent and useful for everyone.

February priorities:

  • Getting members involved with Slack and bringing it alive as a space for sharing and connecting
  • Organising the first two WEAll Talk events, led by members
  • Hopefully getting WEAll Youth started in Spain

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in January?

  • Media work around Davos and the launch of Katherine’s book – see a roundup of the coverage here
  • Fundraising: working on a bid for EC DEAR, preparing for our trip to New York, and leading on the creation of our vision document
  • A great workshop on narratives in Lancaster, in partnership with the Green Economy Coalition and the Social Futures Institute at Lancaster University

January highlight:

February priorities:

  • A busy trip to New York meeting funders and US-based members – and more work on funding proposals and potential relationships
  • Developing WEAll Citizens concept and platform, building on input from members and young people
  • Revision of the WEAll website to bring it in line with latest developments, including the content of the vision doc

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in January?

  • Fundraising – with a bid submitted and a few more prospects in the pipeline. I’m really proud of the vision document the team has created based on the What, Why, How document developed with members last year
  • An uplifting narratives workshop – it was great to collaborate with GEC and Lancaster University to make this happen
  • The launch of my book, Arrival, with some really special events in Glasgow and Edinburgh full of inquisitive people and lots of energy
  • Appearing alongside the New Zealand Finance Minister on a panel at a great LSE event on wellbeing economics

January highlight:

  • Lots of media interviews around the book launch and how we can build a wellbeing economy, working with former colleagues at Oxfam to jump off from their shocking new inequality statistics. I particularly enjoyed this long form interview for BBC Radio Scotland

February priorities:

  • Running a session on wellbeing economy policy with the Scottish Government Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, with WEAll Scotland
  • Spending time in London with CUSP, and working with WEAll members and friends
  • Having a bit of space to do reseach and write content for our knowledge workstream

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in January?

  • Fundraising – especially with prospective donors in the US
  • The development of the vision document and planning as many meetings as possible for our trip to New York
  • Governance and strategy development

January highlight:

  • Producing, with the rest of the team, the vision document, which has had really positive feedback already

February priorities:

  • Fundraising, and more fundraising, including an exciting trip to New York
  • Speaking at the GABV annual conference in Vancouver
  • Writing a chapter on technology for a new book on the wellbeing economy

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in January?

  • Preparing for our fundraising and networking trip to New York
  • Developing and finalizing the Leadership Toolkit proposal
  • Participating in the narratives workshop in Lancaster

January highlight:

  • Finalising the facilitation process for NESI Global Forum 2019 – get tickets here

February priorities:

  • Establishing WEAll as a UK Trust within our new home at The Equality Trust
  • Developing our hub strategy with fellow hub networks, collaborating as much as possible
  • Agreeing specific projects to move forward with members in Q2

Each month, members of the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) share what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

Ana Gomez 

What’s kept you busy in December?

  • Making plans for supporting more local hubs
  • Developing more ways to support and communicate with members
  • Onboarding more new members who are doing amazing work to build a wellbeing economy around the world

December highlight:

  • Our time as a team in Glasgow!

January priorities:

  • Plans for WEAll members at NESI Global Forum 2019, which for our network will be an important opportunity to come together
  • Getting involved with plans for WEAll Citizens, bringing it together with local hub plans
  • Setting up online “WEAll Talk” events for members to discuss and connect on issues that matter to them

 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in December?

  • Developing plans for WEAll Citizens
  • Working on funding proposals
  • The launch of tickets for NESI Forum 2019 – get yours now!

December highlight:

  • Spending time as a team in Glasgow working on strategy and fundraising priorities

January priorities:

  • Supporting the launch of Katherine’s amazing book with events and media work
  • Participating in a Narrative workshop with experts in Lancaster
  • Ramping up the work on WEAll Citizens, including getting the working group going
  • Leading WEAll’s contribution to an exciting partnership funding bid

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in December?

  • Spending time with the Amp team – and bringing the Amps and the Scotland team together in Glasgow!
  • Publication of the WEAll story so far in MINT magazine
  • Funding applications for some exciting new bits of work

December highlight:

  • Being together as a team is always a highlight, it was great to make progress on fundraising strategy in particular

January priorities:

  • The launch of my new book ‘The Economics of Arrival: ideas for a grown up economy’
  • Heading to Lancaster for intensive meetings with storytelling experts on developing and testing wellbeing economy narratives
  • More work on funding bids – making real progress so fingers crossed!

 

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in December?

  • Fundraising – especially with prospective donors in the US
  • Governance and strategy development
  • Engaging with our wonderful members

December highlight:

  • Being together in Scotland and meeting the WEAll Scotland team who are all great

January priorities:

  • Fundraising, and more fundraising!
  • Moving the governance process forward with our working group, and sharing our proposed governance model with all WEAll members

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in December?

  • Completing the overall design for the NESI 2019 Forum
  • Arranging a new (legal) home for WEAll for 2019 with WEAll member ‘The Equality Trust’

December highlight:

  • Arranging a new (legal) home for WEAll for 2019 with the wonderful ‘Equality Trust’

January priorities:

  • Initiating the various NESI Forum working groups to establish the details of the NESI Forum
  • Producing more externally accessible information about WEAll
  • Submission of fundraising proposals to advance the work of the business cluster

Each month, members of the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) share what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

Ana Gomez 

  • What’s kept you busy in November?
    • Just like last month, I’ve been onboarding and meeting with new members – the network is growing all the time!
    • Creating new ways for members to connect with WEAll and each other – it’s great to see lots of activity in our new Facebook group
    • Developing ideas and plans for local level engagement with WEAll

    November highlight:

    • All the wonderful, energising conversations I’ve had with new and potential members

    December priorities:

    • Further development of the WEAll local hubs plan
    • Spending important time together as a team in Glasgow

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in November?

  • Planning events with Katherine around the launch of her book in January, where we’ll invite people to discuss advancing the wellbeing economy in Scotland
  • Building the website for NESI Global Forum 2019 and getting comms ready for the launch of ticket sales
  • Planning the development of WEAll Citizens

November highlight:

  • Having energetic meetings with Isabel to develop ideas for WEAll Citzens

December priorities:

  • Having a scoping meeting with members to develop Citizens
  • Launching ticket sales for NESI and promoting it to the world
  • Spending time together with the team in Glasgow

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in November?

  • A trip to Rio where I was so inspired by the CollaborAmerica conference, it was an honour to deliver a keynote talk there. I also had the chance to catch up with the wonderful This Is Not The Truth project
  • Travelling to Korea for the OECD Future of Wellbeing event – I was part of panel discussions on creating a wellbeing economy
  • Taking forward our narrative work, getting ready for collaborative meetings in Lancaster in the new year

November highlight:

  • Being there for the launch of the Wellbeing Economy Governments initiative in Korea, very proud to see this come to fruition after years of involvement with its development

December priorities:

  • Pursuing fundraising opportunities, especially some exciting opportunities in Scotland

A rare month without travel, and the rest is much needed!

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in November?

  • A big focus on governance, working with members to finalise a proposal for decision making and strategy within WEAll
  • A fundraising push with a particular focus on USA based trusts
  • Meeting and introducing to the Amp team new partners in the business and finance areas
  • Contributing to the Research Cluster alongside Katherine including pursuing contacts with the T20 group (Think tank 20)
  • Contributing to the development of our Citizens work, alongside Lisa
  • Working on a Technology chapter for a new book edited by key members of the Research Cluster
  • Presenting an hour long webinar for a catholic TV station with huge online audience

November highlight:

  • Really constructive meetings about governance – it has been a pleasure collaborating with our members and learning from them

December priorities:

  • Finalising the governance plans with the wider group of members
  • Major focus on fundraising

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in November?

  • Development of content for NESI Global Forum 2019 working with an excellent group of contributors from the WEAll membership. The programme is shaping up nicely
  • Working with the business cluster to develop two business guide proposals
  • Co-designing the process for creation of a WEAll leadership toolbox
  • Negotiating the legal hosting of WEAll for 2019

November highlight:

  • Working with the content group for NESI Global Forum, and learning about new collaboration tools

December priorities:

  • Leading some productive team days in Glasgow
  • Having the NESI Forum format finalised and sub-groups decided for working on details of the Forum in the New Year.
  • Taking the business cluster proposals to funders

Each month, members of the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) share what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

Ana Gomez 

What’s kept you busy in October?

  • Onboarding and meeting with new members – the network is growing all the time!
  • Spending time as a team in Malaga which was vital to confirm our priorities
  • Recharging my energy with time off in both Scotland and Spain

October highlight:

  • Helping to deliver the WEAll Scotland launch event in Edinburgh – I was inspired by everything happening to create a wellbeing economy there

November priorities:

  • Developing some ideas I’m really excited about to help further connect members and create spaces for dialogue within the movement
  • Cultivating new communications channels for working with members

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in October?

  • Planning and creating content for the communications around NESI Global Forum 2019
  • Supporting the WEAll Scotland launch and strategic thinking
  • Considering the role for WEAll in work around finance by participating in the global Ethical Finance conference and Change Finance convenors meeting (this is really interesting for me given my background working in the banking sector!)

October highlight:

  • I’m so proud of, and excited by, the great work happening in Scotland. The energy at the WEAll Scotland launch was fantastic

November priorities:

  • The launch and promotion of NESI Global Forum 2019 ticket sales – watch this space!
  • Supporting events to promote Stewart’s book ‘A Finer Future’ and Katherine’s forthcoming book ‘Arrival’
  • Developing concept notes and plans for our Citizens initiative and other comms work

 

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in October?

  • A wonderful trip to Malmo and Copenhagen where I met with people working on changing the economy for discussions and presentations about transitions, narrative, wellbeing economy businesses, and shifting EU policy
  • So much is happening in Scotland – as well as the WEAll Scotland launch event, I also did a key-note at an international Zero Waste summit, took part in a Finance Innovation Lab event, and spoke on a panel about business and sustainability with the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Taking forward our narrative work, both by planning for a workshop at Lancaster University in collaboration with our members the Green Economy Coalition, and by developing ideas and funding bids for future work

October highlight:

  • The trip to Malmo and Copenhagen was a timely chance to see how people’s eyes light up when they hear about a wellbeing economy and how they want to get involved. And it was a wonderful chance to spend time with WEAll members Flo, Lars and Fredrik

November priorities:

  • Travelling to Rio to speak at the incredible CollaboroAmerica event, and also at a gathering of the wonderful This is Not the Truth project
  • Accompanying the Scottish Government to the OECD meeting in South Korea where they will participate in a session about the Wellbeing Economy Governments project. I’m also chairing another panel at that event
  • Having the Wellbeing Economies film crew in Scotland (have you seen the film’s awesome trailer yet?)

 

Stewart Wallis

What’s kept you busy in October?

  • After two months of ‘re-retirement’, it has been great to reconnect with the WEAll Amp team and our members. The team spent time together in Malaga doing vital work on our strategy and priorities
  • Presenting at and participating in the Economics of Happiness conference in Bristol, organised by WEAll members Happy City and Local Futures
  • Meetings with potential funders and developing funding proposals

October highlight:

  • The launch of ‘A Finer Future’, a book that I co-authored with Hunter Lovins, Anders Wjikman and John Fullerton. It’s been very well received so far

November priorities:

  • Promoting the book including (hopefully!) an event in London with Hunter when she visits the UK
  • Developing a proposal for WEAll’s governance structure
  • Exploring some exciting funding opportunities for WEAll

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in October?

  • Designing and delivering our team strategy days in Malaga to help us prioritise and to work better together
  • Finalising WEAll’s 3 year project plan after our strategy sessions, in order to share it with funders and partners
  • Managing the recruitment process for two people to deliver the NESI Academy project, which will tackle underemployment in Andalucia. We’ve appointed two great candidates and I’m looking forward to working with them

October highlight:

  • Setting up the content group for NESI Global Forum. WEAll members are contributing to the development of the forum programme

November priorities:

  • Working with the business cluster, we will be developing a proposal for a Wellbeing Economy guide for businesses
  • Agreeing next steps with Velcro for our partnership with them
  • Development of content for NESI Global Forum 2019 – I’m hoping we can confirm some impressive speakers and contributors soon

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

Ana Gomez 

What’s kept you busy in September?
  • Onboarding new members
  • Ongoing communication with existing and potential members, deepening relationships and ensuring that all members have what they need
  • Supporting the development of the Malaga hub and getting a new app ready for launch
September highlight:
  • I really enjoyed our September member calls, they’re becoming really useful and participative, and it’s great to welcome new members to them
October priorities:
  • Helping to deliver WEAll Scotland’s first event and supporting the team there
  • More work with and for members – I want to bring proposals for working together and deepen relationships still further
  • Planning logistics and production for NESI Forum 2019
  • Spending time with the rest of the Amp team in person

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in September?
  • Planning and delivery of our #10yearson stunt in New York. Collaborating with Finance Watch and Post Growth Institute was great
  • Coordinating the first public WEAll event in New York at Fordham University. It was wonderful to meet US members and make new connections
  • After launching the WEAll website and social media channels right at the start of September, I’ve been continually developing them and creating/sharing content
September highlight:
  • I’m proud of the Free Money Day stunt we did as part of the #10yearson campaign in New York, especially the video! Watch it here
October priorities:
  • Developing the communications plan for NESI Forum 2019, and getting ready to launch ticket sales with a website update and press release in early November
  • Medium-long term planning on our communications and mobilisation goals, including working with the newly formed comms working group
  • Supporting the WEAll Scotland launch event and follow up work
  • Spending time on strategy and planning as a team in Malaga

Diego Isabel

What’s kept you busy in September?
  • Our trip to New York, where we hosted the first public WEAll event at Fordham and also had the chance to connect with US members, and bring them together for the first time
  • Producing a data report about Spanish consumer opinions and behaviour around wellbeing and ethics
  • Lots of productive meetings with partners in Spain, including to discuss plans for NESI Forum 2019
  • Acting as MC for the brilliant European Ideas Lab event in Madrid
September highlight:
  • Giving away free money opposite Lehman Brothers on the ten year anniversary of the crash, especially working with our members Post Growth Institute and Finance Watch
October priorities:
  • Meeting the Amp team in person to focus our energies and discuss strategy, planning and working together effectively
  • Moving into the next gear with preparations for NESI Forum 2019
  • Fundraising efforts, and various meetings including with local hubs in Spain
  • Setting up and starting to work with the WEAll strategy group

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in September?
  • Having a week in a cabin to focus on research content, both reading the latest that’s out there in the knowledge sphere, and writing blogs and articles
  • Attending a convening in Bellagio, and seeing diverse people and organisations rallying around the concept of wellbeing (though this is admittedly also a risk – blog to come!)
  • Partnership working with Green Economy Coalition to advance narrative work and submit a funding proposal to EC DEAR
September highlight:
  • With support from us, the Scottish Government have been showing real leadership in their work with other governments on the wellbeing economy
October priorities:
  • WEAll Scotland’s first event – Wealth of Nations 2.0, and all the follow-up afterwards to define the action plan and offer
  • Several presentations and appearances to engage with new audiences (to Transitions Town in Malmo, to city officials in Malmo, to the Institute of Chartered Accountants, to Aberdeen Standard Life)
  • Getting the Research Fellows Network moving forward

Stewart Wallis

Stewart has been enjoying a well-earned rest in August and September – after coming out of retirement to help set up and run WEAll, he has temporarily re-retired! The team can’t wait to welcome him back in October.

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in September?
  • Creating and sharing plans for the business cluster and getting a business education sub group up and running
  • Strengthening connections between WE Africa and WEAll
  • Attending OECD meetings in Paris – meeting partners, members and funders, and advancing the WEAll message
September highlight:
  • Making connections at the OECD
October priorities:
  • Agreeing content and form of the NESI Forum 2019 with co-creation team (and also setting up this team!)
  • Face to face meeting in Malaga with the Amp team
  • Making the plans for the business cluster operational

Each month, the WEAll Amplification team (Amp team) shares what they’ve been working on, and their priorities for the coming month.

Find out more about our team members here 

Ana Gomez 

What’s kept you busy in August?
  • Helping Lisa build WEAll’s new website, focusing on Member’s details, donation software, and anything she has needed. Supporting each other is a common goal for all of us!
  • Enjoying an amazing and fruitful face-to-face meeting with Lisa, Diego, Rebeca and myself to organise the coming months in terms of September event, and thinking ahead to NESI 2019
  • Working on the onboarding process to welcome new members/friends/groups into the movement. Getting to know interested organisations and individuals! 
August highlight:
  • Lisa’s visit to Malaga to work together with Diego and myself. It’s rare to have the chance to see each other in person but when it happens we get the most out of it, at working and human level. 
September priorities:
  • WEAll Scotland event. Collaborating with Ellie Logan and the whole team in WEAll Scotland to celebrate at the beginning of October the incredible debut of the Scotland Local Hub.
  • Members will be my priority. I want to get to know each other much better, listening to their ideas, proposals, questions, etc. My goal is that they feel they are an active part of the movement. I’m willing to create a closer bond and understanding among all of us in our future collaborations.
  • Creating more Local Hubs around the world to get many more people involved with WEAll at a local level with an international perspective. Super excited about this! 

Lisa Hough-Stewart 

What’s kept you busy in August?
  • Getting plans in place for our trip to New York in September, where  we’re running an event and launching some new aspects of WEAll’s work. It was great to spend some time in Malaga with Diego and Ana, planning together
  • Overseeing the completion of the website build
  • Creating the WEAll Citizens programme, which I’m very excited about

August highlight:

  • Delivering a workshop about WEAll at the Rethinking Economics Summer Gathering. The student “Rethinkers” were super inspiring, and had great ideas for linking their curriculum reform work to the wider wellbeing economy movement.

September priorities:

  • Campaigning as part of the #10yearson campaign with Change Finance in New York – watch this space!
  • Running an event in New York to soft launch WEAll and connect with the US movement
  • Launching WEAll Citizens

Diego Isabel

What’s kept you busy in August?
  • Starting to prepare the WEAll action plan and budget for 2019-2021
  • Fundraising activities for WEAll
  • Following up with contacts after our visit to the US in July 
August highlight:
  • Charging the batteries under the Spanish sun with positive energy for the coming months!
September priorities:
  • Preparing and participating in the WEAll event in New York on the 20th of September
  • Connecting with key partners for WEAll as well as for the NESI Forum 2019 where all the WEAll members will come together
  • Launching the WEAll strategy group with members and experts

Katherine Trebeck

What’s kept you busy in August?
  • Loads of meetings!! But wonderful ones, including many related to WEAll Scotland (possible partnerships & preparing for our event in October ‘The Wealth of Nations 3.0: Building the Conditions of Wellbeing’) and plenty with other WEAll partner organisations.
  • Speaking at the Edinburgh Fringe in a debate (about a 300+ report from the governing Scottish National Party about Scotland’s future being one of growth. I said I think we can do better…)
  • Submitting a chapter with the rather boring title of ‘Building a Wellbeing Economy’ to a book being edited by Open Democracy  
August highlight:
  • Besides snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef?! Seeing the final version of the cover for a book I co-authored (coming out in January). Hope you like it as much as Jeremy and I do!  
September priorities:
  • Moving ahead on actions from the research cluster (eg WEAll Wisdom Webinars), mapping priority synthesis papers, and creating the WEAll Fellows Network
  • Finalising plans for the WEAll Scotland gathering in October (including an opening talk from WEAll friend Jacquie McGlade)
  • Spending time in a cabin beside a Scottish Loch making a dent in my long reading list in order to move forward with some WEAll outputs

Stewart Wallis

Stewart has been enjoying a well-earned rest in August and September – after coming out of retirement to help set up and run WEAll, he has temporarily re-retired!

But that didn’t stop him spending a couple of days in Amsterdam building relationships on behalf of WEAll. Stewart will be working again in late September.

 

Michael Weatherhead

What’s kept you busy in August?
  •  Developing proposals to pilot the WEAllCities guide (currently being finalised).
  • Laying the ground work for the start of an exciting new employment and wellbeing economics coaching programme to up skill and assist unemployed individuals across Southern Spain
  • Developing our team’s cultural code of conduct
August highlight:
  •  Supporting one of our regional members with their strategy and how WEAll can support them
September priorities:
  • Getting the WEAll Business Cluster off the ground with a firm action plan and proposals for future initiatives
  • Establishing the formal relationship between WEAll and its first established local hub WEAll Scotland
  • Furthering the transformation journey of a leading multi-national