The small team working full-time for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance is not a secretariat – it’s an Amplification team.
We’re here to amplify the work of others in the movement for a wellbeing economy.
Network Wellbeing lead
Ana has put down some roots in her home country of Spain to be part of the WEAll team, after almost two decades of travel. She has worked on sustainable livelihoods and eco conservation projects around the world, from Canada to New Zealand. Previously, she worked at Centro Cultural de Idiomas (CCI). She was responsible for Exchange Language Programs abroad with the purpose of opening people’s mind through language and culture learnings. Cultural Intelligence and Responsible Tourism are her two focus subjects as they are interconnected with her traveller life.
“Viajar alimenta el alma”
Communications and Mobilisation lead
Lisa joined WEAll from Oxfam Scotland where she led on campaigns and communications. She holds a BA in Journalism and Politics and an MA in Human Rights, and has previous work experience in sustainability reporting, ethical policy development and media relations in the private sector. Lisa also chairs the board of Take One Action Film Festivals, and is a member of Plan UK’s advisory group for their ‘Status of Girls’ Rights in the UK’ report. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her husband and dog, where she plays saxophone in her spare time with boisterous community band SambaYaBamba.
“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning”
Dr. Katherine Trebeck
Policy and Knowledge lead
Katherine lives in Glasgow (her love of Scotland brought her from Australia over 13 years ago). She has over eight years experience as a policy wonk and researcher with Oxfam GB. Holding a PhD in Political Science, Katherine is Senior Visiting Researcher University of Strathclyde and Honorary Professor University of the West of Scotland. Her latest book “The Economics of Arrival” was published in January 2019.
“The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for”
Stewart has come out of retirement to voluntarily help to run WEAll. A long term advocate for the need to transition to a new economic system, Stewart previously worked as Oxfam International Director from 1992 to 2002, for which he was awarded an OBE. From 2003 to 2016, he was Executive Director of the New Economics Foundation. He lives in rural England with his wife.
“We are the economy”
Development and Practice lead
Michael now splits his time between Glasgow and the Lake District – both excellent locations for his wellbeing – having previously been based in South Africa and Spain where he was international director of the consulting arm of NEF. He holds post-grad qualifications in economics and organisational development and loves blending rigorous analysis with innovative approaches to opening up learning spaces and finding solutions.
“I dream things that never were, and say why not?”
Administrative and Communications Support
Frankie lives in London where he works for the Equality Trust as a Campaigns Assistant. He works on the London Advocacy campaign working to reduce inequality in London and also organises the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty.
Frankie supports the Amp team with member calls and administration activities. Originally from Norwich, he lived in Amsterdam for three years where he studied Literature and History.
“Allez, allez, allez”
WEAll Citizens Project Officer
Isabel is supporting the development of the WEAll Citizens initiative, and also supports with WEAll social media outreach.
Isabel lives in Nairobi, Kenya, having recently relocated from the Boulder area of Denver, Colorado in the USA where she worked for Natural Capitalism Solutions. She holds a BA in Sustainable Business Development from Elon University and has also studied in Copenhagen.
She was recently awarded the “Next Generation” award from the Denver Office of Sustainability and is passionate about the engagement of young people with system change.
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously allow others to do the same”
Alternative Business Guide
Martin is helping WEAll develop the kind of stories that get more and more people excited about the idea of a wellbeing economy. He discovered WEAll through his work on a documentary feature film about the Wellbeing Economy Governments project (currently scheduled for release in early 2020).
Martin lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and on Twitter he’s @oetting.
“When Kennedy said the US would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, the country was unprepared and incapable. That’s us, right now, when it comes to the economy.”
Dirk Philipsen, raised in Germany and educated in both Germany and the United States, is an Associate Research Professor of Economic History at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His research, writing, and teaching is focused on sustainability, wellbeing economics, and the history of capitalism. His latest work focused on GDP as the dominant measure of success in U.S. and international economic affairs, and was is published by Princeton University Press under the title The Little Big Number – How GDP Came to Rule the World, And What to Do About It (2015/17.) He is currently working on pieces about alternative economic performance indicators, the nature of economic growth, and the systemic imperative of decoupling material throughput from human development.
SenseTribe is currently supporting WEAll with the development of an ‘Alternative to business-as-usual’ guide. They help us design & implement the participation and consultation process, editorial development, storytelling and with the design of the guide.
SenseTribe Consulting is a self-organised, multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals dedicated to projects that support the sustainable development goals and collective wellbeing.
Effective collaboration, wellbeing, authenticity & creativity are part of their daily practice. That’s why working with their women-led team also means learning about collaborative practices. They’re @sensetribe and you can find out more at sensetribe.com
“A sense of togetherness”
Claire is supporting the WEAll Research Fellows as an editor and translator of their big ideas into useful summaries. She helped found AIM2Flourish.com in 2015 and served as the initiative’s director from June 2017-April 2019. Claire also supports the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (a WEAll partner) as associate director for communications, and the new Earth’s Call Fund for climate solutions.
Find her on Twitter at @KayakMediaTweet. She lives and gardens in Damariscotta, Maine.
“A rising tide lifts all boats”
Digital Communications Intern
Tom is a student, currently studying Global Project and Change Management at the Windesheim Honours College in Zwolle, the Netherlands. During the upcoming months, he will be cooperating with the WEALL communications team to extend and upscale our reach on social media, in order to amplify our voice and get even more people around the world to hear about our mission and vision.
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Matt Wisner is a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and in his last year of Public Policy studies at Duke University. Together with Professor Dirk Philipsen he is working with WEAll on the Resource Hub. He is also providing a newsfeed on wellbeing articles at http://www.smart-development.org/news – go check it out. His main interest is in sustainability. He’s also a competitive middle distance runner.
WEAll Global Council
The Global Council was formed in early 2019, and aims:
- To ensure that there is a coherent transparent strategy across all of the WEAll clusters and hubs
- To ensure that the activity that is being carried out is in line with the values of WEAll
- To support the work and capacity of the Amp team by providing oversight of the whole network.
The council is currently chaired by Stewart Wallis and Wendy Elyatt, and its members are a mixture of representatives of WEAll clusters and local hubs, and pan-alliance members.