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Our member SOGH and Global Health Film are hosting a series of ‘Global Health Film Classics’ movie screenings every Sunday from July 5th to 26th! The series covers important and topical public health issues, including emerging pandemics.

This Sunday, July 5 at 7pm BST, they will screen The Islands and the Whales, which talks about ocean pollution and the impact on people’s health. After the screening, you’ll have the chance to speak to both the director and protagonist.

Here is the trailer for the series and the details for the next three films in the series.

Sunday 12 July, 7pm – My Amazing Brain: Richard’s War (brain injury)
Sunday 19 July, 7pm – Unseen Enemy (emerging pandemics)
Sunday 26 July, 7pm – I Am Breathing (ALS)

Do check them out!

Katherine Trebeck (WEAll Advocacy and Influencing lead) has been advocating alternative measures of progress to GDP for a long time – including her work on Oxfam’s Humankind Index.

One alternative metric she’s become known for championing is the number of girls riding bicycles to school. Just think, she urges us, of the number of policies that need to be working for the benefit of people in order for higher numbers of girls on bikes – and in education – to be possible.

This month Katherine spoke with The Alternative UK about this idea and the vision of a wellbeing economy more broadly. Watch the “fascinating, informative and warm exchange”, part of their “The Elephant Meets” series, below or find it on The Alternative here. 

 

17 June , 2020

WEAll Knowledge and Policy lead Amanda Janoo was a panellist at a session of the UN World Academy of Art and Science on “Emerging New Civilisation(s)” this week.

She was one of six female speakers, with one from each continent:

  • Amanda Janoo, Knowledge & Policy Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance, USA
  • Audrey Lobo-Pulo, Founding Director, Phoensight; Founding Board Member, Open Data Australia
  • Azadeh Farajpour, Research Associate, FAW/n (Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing), Iran / Germany
  • Mamphela Ramphele, Co-President of the Club of Rome; Co-founder Reimagine South Africa
  • Rebecca Hueting, Activist, Extinction Rebellion; dissemination specialist, Deep Blue, Italy
  • Samantha Suppiah, Sustainability strategist, Urban Doughnut, Philippines

It was a rich and fascinating discussion, exploring cultural and economic experiences from around the world. The focus was how sustainable wellbeing can be delivered for all.

Watch the event below or on the UN WASS Facebook page here.

Emerging New Civilization(s)

Emerging New Civilization(s)

Posted by World Academy of Art and Science on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Reposted from CUSP website

WEAll member CUSP (Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity) recently hosted an event for British policy makers on how to build back better post-covid.

Setting out to engage MPs across the political spectrum, this online discussion was chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Channel 4), and expertly deliberated on the prospects for a socially and environmentally just economic recovery—which takes into account not only the need to prevent the worst of climate breakdown, but does so in a way that sustainably strengthens the wellbeing of people. Discussants were CUSP director Prof Tim Jackson, Prof Mariana Mazzucato (UCL), Sir Prof Michael Marmot (UCL) and Sir David King (former Government Chief Scientist).

The interactive panel was hosted by the APPGs on Climate Change, on Compassion in Politics and on Renewable & Sustainable Energy, and joined by Bim Afolami MP (Conservative) and Debbie Abrahams MP (Labour). Introductory remarks were provided by Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Watch the full discussion below or find it on YouTube here.

On 7 May WEAll Advocacy and Influencing lead Katherine Trebeck was part of The RSA’s webinar series.

Katherine had a lively discussion with Jamie Cooke, Head of RSA Scotland, about the urgency of prioritising wellbeing over economic growth in order to build back better to create wellbeing economies, during and after the covid emergency response.

Watch the event below or find it on The RSA’s YouTube channel here.

WEAll’s Executive Chair Stewart Wallis OBE took part in a spirited and hugely popular online dialogue last week, organised by EcoCiv, on “The Next Economy“.

Stewart was joined on the impressive panel by: Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics and WEAll Ambassador), Marjorie Kelly (The Democracy Collaborative), David Korten (Living Economies Forum)  and Gunna Jung (Economic Advisor to Seoul Metropolitan Government)

They discussed the following questions:

“As the socio-economic effects of coronavirus worsen, the deep failures of our global economic order are being revealed. Is this the end of the neoliberal era? What will the economy look like after COVID-19? Can our next economy promote the overall well-being of people and the planet?”

Watch the event below or find it on YouTube here.

WEAll Advocacy and Influencing lead was recently interviewed by Social Value UK for their series “Social Value Always Matters”.

Katherine spoke about the current coronavirus pandemic and the urgent need for emergency recovery efforts to deliberately build back better and create wellbeing economies.

Watch it below or find it on the Social Value UK YouTube channel here.

WEAll Knowledge and Policy lead Amanda Janoo appeared as this week’s guest on the Love Zero Waste podcast and video series.

Nudged by Earth Day Week and the COVID-19 crisis, which is revealing the cracks in our take-make-waste society like nothing we’ve ever seen before, the episode dived explored how we, you and I, can help build back better from the current crisis.

Watch the interview below or find it here.

WEAll Advocacy and Influencing lead Katherine Trebeck was recently invited to be a featured guest speaker at the latest session of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland, on Saturday 18 January.

The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland (the Assembly) is a group of 100 citizens from across Scotland that are broadly representative of the country and are coming together to address the following three questions:

  • What kind of country are we seeking to build?
  • How best can we overcome the challenges Scotland and the world face in the 21st century, including those arising from Brexit?
  • What further work should be carried out to give us the information we need to make informed choices about the future of the country?

Katherine has now adapted her contribution to the Assembly into a new WEAll Ideas paper entitled “A wellbeing economy for Scotland”. You can download it here.

You can also watch the whole session on the Assembly’s Facebook page here (or below) – Katherine’s contribution starts at 30:53.

WEAll Advocacy and Influencing lead Dr Katherine Trebeck recently gave a powerful new talk at TEDx Munich on why the future economy has to be a wellbeing economy

Watch her talk below or on YouTube here – and share far and wide to spread the message of why we need a wellbeing economy

Image from TEDx Munchen

WEAll’s Katherine Trebeck was a featured guest speaker at the latest session of the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland, on Saturday 18 January.

The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland (the Assembly) is a group of 100 citizens from across Scotland that are broadly representative of the country and are coming together to address the following three questions:

  • What kind of country are we seeking to build?
  • How best can we overcome the challenges Scotland and the world face in the 21st century, including those arising from Brexit?
  • What further work should be carried out to give us the information we need to make informed choices about the future of the country?

The session on Saturday was the Assembly’s fourth meeting, and it focused on sustainability – applying economic, social and environmental lenses to Scotland’s sustainability challenges.

Katherine was invited to address the Assembly and outline the vision of a wellbeing economy, the role of growth and WEAll’s ideas for Scotland’s future.

You can watch the whole session on the Assembly’s Facebook page here (or below) – Katherine’s contribution starts at 30:53.

Session four of weekend 3 – Sustainability: environmental, economic and social lenses. We're LIVE at 14:45.

Posted by Citizens' Assembly of Scotland on Saturday, January 18, 2020

WEAll’s Katherine Trebeck recently gave the evening keynote lecture at the Nourish Scotland conference in Edinburgh.

This new talk takes an in depth look at the role of food in our economy. In it, Katherine examines what our food systems would look like and do in a wellbeing economy.

Watch her fascinating talk HERE from 23:30.

Mosaics create an image from many small, beautiful pieces.

Recently, I’ve been using the metaphor of a mosaic more and more to describe our work with WEAll.

Because WEAll is not just one organisation trying to drive a campaign.

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

It’s 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: as it said in the video, a shift from “us vs them” to “WE All”.

So, this mosaic idea was the inspiration behind the new video made by our dear friends at Create the Remarkable. It features, then fuses, video content from over 50 WEAll members around the world. They’ve done a beautiful job of celebrating the diversity of our collaboration whilst showing how it all comes together.

These members tell us every day how valuable it is for them to be part of a broader movement, and to be connected through WEAll. Right now, we’re running our #WEAllGive fundraising drive so we can keep broadening the movement and providing that support.

Donate today to make it happen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewaNutdKfNM

P.S. Check out the video in Spanish here. Mira el video en español aquí.

By Lisa Hough-Stewart

The circularity paradox in the European steel industry

What happens when solutions to economic system challenges start to create their own problems?

Researching the European steel industry, Dr Julian Torres discovered that the more integrated supply chains are, the easier it is to track the lifecycle of steel alloys and the elements that go into them. Higher levels of integration make it easier to bring steel back via reverse logistics without losing too much value. The more you do this, the less iron ore you need to mine and melt, and the longer the reserves of high-grade iron ore – which needs less energy to transform into steel – will last. And integrating supply chains does not necessarily mean having the different steps all within the same company.

Recycling, remanufacturing and refurbishing are indisputably important tools for reducing our consumption of natural resources. These activities contribute to what scientists call circularity: making sure we use materials for as long as possible, over and over, so that we exploit nature less and less.

Doing so requires creating what are called “secondary markets”, where used materials are gathered up, reworked and injected back into the economy. While this is an essential part of creating circularity, there can sometimes be unintended and negative consequences. A striking example is the secondary metals market: it has been a success), creating new jobs and business opportunities), but the environmentally friendly goal that it once had is no longer a priority.

In Europe, we recycle more than 70% of used steel on average, and just over 30% of all recycled or remanufactured steel is produced in furnaces that use electricity rather than burning coal. Not bad, but no longer enough when considering the increasing steel demand from developing nations, which are growing rapidly.

 

Read Julian’s recent piece for The Conversation here explaining his findings, and what the steel industry can do to improve.

He has also created this entertaining video to help explain the circularity paradox – a.k.a. the “little monster” Scrappy! Check it out, and be sure to share it.

Dr Julian Torres is a recent graduate of the AdaptEcon II PhD programme. During the Programme’s final retreat in Iceland in August he participated in workshops with the WEAll Amp team. Julian received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme via a Marie Curie Fellowship on Excellent Research (grant agreement 

675153). Julian is a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and a Board Member of the Jean Monnet Excellence Center on Sustainable Development.

Photo by Scott Webb from Pexels

In August, WEAll Ambassador Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir brought together the WEAll Knowledge and Policy cluster with the PhD students close to finishing the pioneering AdaptEcon programme.

Following an intensive weekend of workshops, and training in media and public speaking, all participants had the opportunity to deliver and record a “TEDx-style” talk at the University of Iceland.

Below you can see all of the talks, which cover a range of topics from phosphorous to fish; from new stories to addiction. Each one is relevant to building a wellbeing economy and brings a unique perspective.

In addition to the PhD students, talks were delivered by members of the “WEAll family”: Amp team members Katherine Trebeck and Lisa Hough-Stewart, Ambassadors Bob Costanza and Vala Ragnarsdottir, Knowledge and Policy team members Ida Kubiszewski and Luca Coscieme, and Research Fellow Jennifer Hinton.

You can also visit the AdaptEcon YouTube channel which includes all the talks here.

 

 

Two of Katherine Trebeck’s recent talks have been made available on YouTube. As WEAll Knowledge and Policy lead, Katherine regularly delivers talks and workshops about the wellbeing economy.

In June Katherine was a keynote speaker at Love Economics in Morecambe, UK. The organisers describe the talk as follows:

“Prof Katherine Trebeck unpacks her incredible work with the ‘economics of arrival’ and the WEAre network she is pioneering globally. “The current economic model is not broken, it is doing exactly what it was designed to do – to siphon off wealth and feed it to the rich!” There are alternative, far kinder and more sustainable models available. Watch this and be inspired!”

In May, Katherine travelled to Canada and participated in the ‘Beyond GDP conference’ at Dalhousie University. Her talk there was entitled ‘New Measures for a New Movement’.

Both of these talks, as well as many more by Katherine and other WEAll members and representatives, can be found in our resource library.

Journalist and author George Monbiot has delivered a compelling new TED Talk: “The new political story that could change everything”.

TED explains: “To get out of the mess we’re in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future.”

Monbiot is talking about the need for a new narrative about our economic system: a core component of WEAll’s strategy for system change. You can find out more about our narratives work in the WEAll vision brochure.

View on TED website here.

Image from https://www.monbiot.com/about/

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon delivered a TED Talk on why governments should prioritise wellbeing in their approaches to economics.

Saying that she is determined Scotland will be a country that helps influence the world to “put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do”, Sturgeon spoke about the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership between Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand.

The audience applauded several times, including when  the First Minister spoke about the importance of female leadership, and when she said:

“Growth in GDP should not be pursued at any and all cost … The goal of economic policy should be collective well-being: how happy and healthy a population is, not just how wealthy a population is.”

Watch the talk here, and please share widely.

 

Photo Ryan Lash/TED

On Friday, 14 June, WEAll’s Katherine Trebeck was part of thinkdif – the Disruptive Innovation Festival run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, alongside WEAll Ambassador Kate Raworth.

Watch Katherine and Kate’s session below and find out more about thinkdif at www.thinkdif.co/

The central themes of our film are often reflected in the lyrics of the British rock band Enter Shikari. That’s why frontman Rou Reynolds is getting involved with the Wellbeing Economies film project.

Listen to Rou explain his involvement in the film and why he believes a wellbeing economy is vital.