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The Wellbeing Economy Alliance is recruiting for a freelance communications professional to join the team on a part-time, temporary basis as Communications Lead. This position is a maternity cover post, for seven months from 22 June 2020.

Click to download a PDF of the job description with full details of how to apply:

More about WEAll

WEAll is the leading global collaboration of organisations, alliances, movements and individuals working together to transform the economic system into one that delivers human and ecological wellbeing.

It is vital that collaboration and togetherness define our destination and also how we get there. The transformation required calls for an entirely different way of being within human society: a shift from “us vs. them” to “WE All”

A crucial role for WEAll is providing the connective tissue between the different elements of the movement for a wellbeing economy.

WEAll is driving forward and coordinating ambitious work to:

• Shift popular narratives around the purpose of the economy
• Synthesise and disseminate knowledge and evidence about what a wellbeing economy looks like and how we get there
• Galvanise a non-elite power base through place-based hubs and a global network of individuals and organisations.

Everything WEAll does, we do together with our members. WEAll was born out of a number of local and global movements, whose pioneering work formed the foundations of our theory of change. Now, with over 100 organisational members and over 50 renowned academics in our network, WEAll is the leading collaborative movement for economic system change.

Find out more by exploring the WEAll website. Potential candidates are encouraged to read the WEAll Vision brochure (click to download PDF).

More about the role

This is an opportunity to work with a highly motivated team committed to accelerating economic system change. A team with a set of dedicated values: Togetherness, Care, Honesty, Equality and Passion.  This is WEAll’s core ‘amplification’ (Amp) team.

The Communications Lead position offers the opportunity to lead on the management and enhancement of WEAll’s communications approach and the promotion of wellbeing economy ideas. Amplification of our vision and the work of our members around the world is critical to our theory of change.

The position is a fantastic opportunity for someone with skills and experience in strategic communications; and who wants to be part of building a better system for people and planet. You will be part of an exciting movement, working with people from all over the world who are collaborating to transform the economy.

Start date: Monday 22 June 2020

Contract type: 7-month self-employed contract with the potential to renew (maternity cover)

Fee: Up to £2,000 per month (dependent on experience) for a 0.6 FTE role (3 days per week equivalent). This figure is inclusive of all taxes for which the contractor will be responsible.

Hours of work: The nature of this role is that flexibility in hours is both required by the role (for example, there will be some evening and weekend work) but also offered by WEAll.

Location: While we encourage and welcome applications from anywhere in the world (working from home), we understand and appreciate the value of human connection. As such, our preference is to recruit for a person to be based in Glasgow [Scotland] where we can provide access to a co-working space.

What we are looking for: We are looking for an organised, flexible and highly motivated individual with demonstrable strategic communications skills, and a passion for economic system change. The focus for the role is to take the lead on WEAll’s communications strategy and delivery to drive engagement with the wellbeing economy vision amongst the public and influencing targets. The post holder must be adaptable, creative and – due to the nature of our small start-up organisation – willing and able to turn their hand to a range of tasks and projects as required.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 BST Sunday 10 May, and interviews will be carried out on Tuesday 19 May. Full details of how to apply are found in the job description (click to download)

The Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland (WEAll Scotland) is looking for a Communications Assistant to provide various communication functions for our small but dedicated team. This is an exciting opportunity to support the establishment of a newly formed NGO. While this is a voluntary position all reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

About WEAll Scotland

The Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland (WEAll Scotland) works with a cross-section of Scottish society to support Scotland to be a key player in the global movement for a wellbeing economy. Pioneering initiatives are springing up across Scotland which demonstrate an alternative economy is possible. We aim to connect and amplify these initiatives through events and communications, and by working with partner organisations who share our vision.

About the role

This voluntary role will provide communications support on an ongoing basis to the WEAll Scotland team. This will range from managing social media accounts, to working on engagement strategies, to developing a thriving virtual community. We would hope that the post-holder would bring their own ideas and energy to the team and help develop innovative ways to communicate the idea of and case for a wellbeing economy.

We welcome applications from people from a range of backgrounds who meet the criteria outlined below and the following conditions:

  • Commit to a minimum of 7 hours per week
  • Are resident in Scotland
  • Have access to a personal computer/laptop to work with colleagues via a range of electronic platforms

For full details of the role and how to apply (deadline 30 April) download this PDF.

 

What we talk about when we talk about a wellbeing economy

By Claire Sommer for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance

 

 

There’s a famous book of short stories by American author Raymond Carver called What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Published in 1981, the book is an impressionistic whole created from 17 short stories about love.

The title captures the challenge of talking about something truly undefinable, by offering 17 stories with differing perspectives.

In the same way, our Wellbeing Economy Alliance community faces the challenge of describing a wellbeing economy and how to talk about it.

Earlier this year, Lisa Hough-Stewart and Katherine Trebeck asked for my help to distill key points from content developed by members into a simple set of high-level statements. These “anchor statements” are meant to help align our website and brochure, and create stronger pathways to all of our resources and content. 

We started with three key assumptions:

  1. We need simple, easier-to-understand language that helps people see themselves in our work, and want to know more. These points open the door for conversations and understanding.
  2. We need bullets that help us all succinctly articulate what a wellbeing economy means, to the greatest number of people – in short, easy-to-understand language. 
  3. The perspective we used is that WEALL says the What and our members create the How with campaigns, asks, and actions. WEAll supports our members.

The first draft turned into a fascinating conversation with members of the WEAll Narratives cluster via Slack, with members contributing suggestions and improvements from all over the world. It’s my pleasure to share just some of the wonderful contributions from the community below.

First, here are the five key points we landed on.

WEAll need…
  1.     Dignity: Everyone has enough to live in comfort, safety and happiness
  2.     Nature: A restored and safe natural world for all life
  3.      Connection: A sense of belonging and institutions that serve the common good
  4.     Fairness: Justice in all its dimensions at the heart of economic systems, and the gap between the richest and poorest greatly reduced
  5.     Participation: Citizens are actively engaged in their communities and locally rooted economies

While quite simple, we believe that these points are a sturdy set of wheels to help convey the Wellbeing Economy Alliance members’ initiatives and scholarship to more people and where we wish to go together. As Chris Riedy wrote, “When we faithfully carry these principles through into actual policies and programs, we do end up with proposals that are very different to what we have now.”

The first quality of Dignity came to mind from Donna Hick’s 2011 book of the same name, and Michael Pirson’s application of dignity as a pillar of Humanistic Management. In Slack, Martin Oetting added another nuance by noting that “dignity” is the first article of the German constitution: “Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.” 

The second point about how to include Nature, or the natural world, grew from contributions by Dan Feldman to help us remember to seat ourselves as inextricably part of Nature, rather than separate from human society. We hope that “We all need nature” does this in an intuitive way.

Connection came into the list as an improvement on the less inspiring “collaboration” and helped us raise up “belonging”-ness as essential to wellbeing.

In the last point, we thank Juliana Essen as well as others for helping Participation enter the conversation. “Participation signifies active engagement, and there’s lots of research, for example in the field of deliberative democracy, that talks about how to create truly participatory processes that value difference and negotiate power differentials,” she wrote. “That’s the kind of participation we want.”

Keeping ourselves to a handful of statements was a challenge. We hope the inclusion of “happiness” in the first point is flexible enough to embrace meaning-finding, art, and whatever else people may need to enjoy life. We invite your reflections and comments about these five points on Slack, to lisa@WellbeingEconomy.org, or me at claire.sommer@grli.org