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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

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

By Katherine Trebeck, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

In one of the most artificial surroundings it is possible to imagine – a purpose-built conference zone near Incheon in South Korea – three thousand people gathered to explore the future of wellbeing. This was the 6th wellbeing forum hosted by the OECD’s statistics unit, a team that has been at the forefront of measuring quality of life for over a decade.

Discussions ranged from how data can help in the post-truth era to resilience and social protection. Nobel laureates, royalty, heads of international agencies joined with statisticians, civil servants, and academics to debate and learn from each other about the state of play in measurement and the implications for policy making.

And amongst it all, WEAll was making its presence felt.

Wellbeing Economy Governments

WEAll was able to join the launch of the Wellbeing Economy Governments initiative. WEGo is something the WEAll team initiated (pre-dating the official formation of WEAll) and has been supporting for some time. Seeing it ‘go live’ was an important juncture for the wellbeing economy agenda and WEAll’s role in it.

WEGo is a partnership of national and regional governments, led by Scotland and joined by the likes of New Zealand and Iceland. It will promote sharing of expertise and best practice in designing an economy in service of collective. Its participants are civil servants and ministers who recognise that ‘development’ in the 21st century is a matter of delivering human and ecological wellbeing: wellbeing for people and planet.

The stated objectives of WEGo are:

  • COLLABORATE in pursuit of innovative policy approaches to create wellbeing economies – sharing what works and what doesn’t to inform policymaking for change.
  • PROGRESS toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in line with Goal 17, fostering partnership and cooperation to identify approaches to delivering wellbeing.
  • ADDRESS the pressing economic, social and environmental challenges of our time.

The primary mechanism to advance these goals is a Policy Lab through which government officials will share relevant experience and expertise. Agenda items will include: protecting the natural world, addressing child poverty, undertaking wellbeing budgeting, utilising predictive analytics, and shaping government performance frameworks. In 2019 WEGo’s first Policy Lab will take place and an inaugural gathering of Senior Officials and Ministers from member states is planned to discuss progress in creating wellbeing economies.

Gary Gillespie, the Chief Economist for the Scottish Government, whose office is the secretariat for WEGo, described it as ‘bringing the economic lens back in’ to the wellbeing agenda. Bennedikt Arnason of the Icelandic government spoke of WEGo as the ‘ideal platform to contribute, to share and promote policy making for greater wellbeing’. Professor Joseph Stiglitz described WEGo as a ‘fascinating and important initiative of these governments: putting wellbeing into practice’.

Professor Stiglitz also spoke of the importance of persisting – and this has been the story of getting WEGo to where it is now. It has been a bumpy road as political changes altered governmental priorities (and government personnel). But while WEGo is still a small, fledging project, it has potential to shift the conversation about how economies are designed, how they work, and what they deliver. WEAll will be there cheering it on and helping input to its activities.

WEAll on the main stage

The conference also provided the chance to introduce WEAll into conversations about governance and whole-of-government policy frameworks – I moderated a session on the latter and joined a roundtable on the former and also spoke at an event hosted by the University of Melbourne exploring the importance of community participation in development of beyond-GDP indices and how to bring the lessons of these indices into political decision making.

From Incheon into action

The OECD is playing an important role in upping the ante on wellbeing. In part by hosting these (massive!) global conferences every few years where the big names and rock stars of the wellbeing measurement movement join researchers and people working on translating the ideas and evidence into better government decisions. But, also by ensuring that the statistics and measurements are available, that the frameworks for thinking about operationalising the agenda are shared, and by reinforcing the importance of a broad-based understanding of wellbeing that takes account of people’s circumstances (including future generations), not simply how they report they are feeling.

This matters – the OECD is a large and influential agency. Its reports are read by governments, its assessments of respective country’s performance spurs debate, and its policy recommendations are keenly attended to. Many of the speeches and discussions at the conference wouldn’t have been unfamiliar in WEAll members’ calls. And that gives cause to hope that the momentum and drive to build a wellbeing economy is building in many quarters and (dare we hope?) heading into the mainstream.

 

 

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

Blog by Lisa Hough-Stewart

At the first WEAll Scotland event in Edinburgh this week I spoke about the need for a wellbeing economy with a farmer. And with an artist. As well as an investment banker, a civil servant, a teacher, a scientist – and so many more. This event really was for everyone, and one of the many things about it that made me feel hopeful was the rich diversity of views and experiences in the room.

Keynote speaker Jacqueline McGlade (former Chief Scientist of UNEP and currently of University College London and Maasai Mara University) struck a chord with the Scottish audience when she called for a “a juggernaut of change” to bring about a systemic shift. Crucially, this change must be global and inclusive, but she and other speakers highlighted the potential for Scotland to play a leadership role.

The purpose of the day was to launch the concept of a wellbeing economy and WEAll as an alliance that aims to connect, enhance and amplify the work of the existing movement in Scotland. Katherine Trebeck, of the WEAll global Amp team and WEAll Scotland team, delivered an inspiring presentation showcasing some of the amazing “chinks of light” projects and ideas around the world demonstrating that a wellbeing economy already exists. She also emphasized that the event was happening as part of Challenge Poverty Week – and during Climate Challenge and Good Money Weeks, too. All great examples of people recognizing change is needed, across linked agendas that WEAll is working on.

Doreen Grove from WEAll Scotland said in her talk: “We know what people care about – having meaningful lives, having agency. When we talk about changing the system though, everyone needs to be there not just those with power.”

Perhaps not everyone in Scotland was there for the inaugural WEAll Scotland meeting but a meaningful cross-section of Scottish society brought their experience and voices to the room. After hearing the global perspective from Jacqui and Katherine, it was over to the participants to analyse what can be done in Scotland to advance the wellbeing economy agenda.

There were healthy challenges from participants about the value WEAll can add, and no shortage of ideas for action. The WEAll Scotland team has an exciting to-do list as a result of afternoon discussions about prioritization! We heard that support is needed to help accelerate the good work already happening, help people connect and collaborate, and to support those going against the current system, because it is hard tiring work.

As Carol Tannahill (Head of Social Policy for the Scottish Government and director of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health) summarized, hope was an overarching theme for the day, with positive energy and optimism brimming from all discussions. This is, participants agreed, a unique moment for Scotland. Political will, public engagement and capacity to change seem to be intersecting, and together they provide fertile ground for Scotland to act as a leader in the shift to a wellbeing economy.

The event was an important milestone on the route to a wellbeing economy for Scotland – to follow this journey or get involved in Scotland check out www.wellbeingeconomy.org/scotland

 

 

 

 

 

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

For immediate release – Film and photography opportunity available 14:00-15:00 EDT, Saturday 15 September, outside 745 7th Avenue, New York

 

14 September 2018

TEN YEARS after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered the 2008 financial crash, campaigners are encouraging New Yorkers to rethink the economy and our relationship with money – by handing out free cash.

Campaigners from global networks the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) and Change Finance will hold signs saying “FREE MONEY” and distribute two one-dollar bills to anyone who wants them. The only stipulation is that people pass on half of the money to someone else.

This act of generosity in New York will be replicated across the world on the same day. Free Money Day campaigners will seek to highlight the problems with our current economic system, which has not changed for the benefit of ordinary people in ten years despite the dire warning of the 2008 crash.

By dishing out free cash, they hope to encourage people to rethink our collective relationship with money, and promote the idea of an economy based on sharing and collaboration.

“Free Money Day is an invitation for people to explore, in a liberating and fun way, what it might be like if our relationship to money was a little different”, said Diego Isabel, Strategy and Connections lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

“The 2008 crash was one of the clearest indicators we’ve had that the financial system is broken. Yet, global leaders did not take the opportunity ten years ago to transform the economy to the benefit of all: instead they entrenched the ‘business as usual’ approach”, Isabel continued.

“We’re asking people to imagine an economy that serves people and planet, that works for all of us. An economy that is based on sharing and collaboration.”

On behalf of Change Finance, Benoit Lallemand, Secretary General of Finance Watch, said: “We are facing urgent challenges: social, environmental, political. It all starts with freeing society from the grip of finance.”

“When planned effectively, the financial system has enormous potential to be a positive force. We need to reset the system,” Lallemand continued.

Donnie Maclurcan, Co-Founder of Free Money Day, added: “The hidden story of our current ‘economic boom’ is that debt has kept rising, because money keeps accumulating. We’re sleepwalking to collapse, with global debt having reached US$247 trillion. Free Money Day is a chance to remind people that debt is temporary when money constantly circulates.”

 

Notes to Editors

  • The Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) is a new non-profit alliance, which exists to help bring about a transformation of the economic system, of society and of institutions so that all actors prioritise shared wellbeing on a healthy planet. Born out of existing movements for system change, WEAll has more than 30 organisational members and seeks to amplify and connect the diverse movement for a wellbeing economy. Find out more at wellbeingeconomy.org
  • Free Money Day is a global event in which people hand out money to strangers in order to raise awareness and start conversations about the benefits of economies based on sharing. http://www.freemoneyday.org/
  • Finance Watch is an independent, non-profit  public interest association dedicated to making finance work for society. It was created in June 2011 to be a citizen’s counterweight to the lobbying of the financial industry and conducts technical and policy advocacy in favour of financial regulations that will make finance serve society. It now expands its mission to include work on campaigns that demand systemic change, and coordinates the Change Finance movement
  • The first campaign of Change Finance, #10yearson, has involved over 60 organisations to reimagine the financial system. Its demands are focused on a financial system that is serving people and the planet, that is democratically governed and that is stable.

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Contacts

Lisa Hough-Stewart, WEAll

lisa@wellbeingeconomy.org

+44 7470 411 531

Twitter: @WEAll_Alliance #WEAll

Facebook: @WEAllAlliance

 

Donnie Maclurcan, Free Money Day

media@freemoneyday.org

+1 541 631 8680

Twitter: @freemoneyday #freemoneyday

 

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