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Podcast: partnership-based organisation

In this podcast we hear from people working on applying the cybernetician Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model in different domains, in order to help restructure organisations in a way that can maximise the autonomy of the people involved, ensure that vital needs are being met and enable easy communication.

Non-governmental Organisations Working for Well-being

OECD Well-being Framework

Societal progress is about improvements in the well-being of people and households. Assessing such progress requires looking not only at the functioning of the economic system but also at the diverse experiences and living conditions of people. The OECD Framework for Measuring Well-Being and Progress shown below is based on the recommendations made in 2009 by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress to which the OECD contributed significantly. It also reflects earlier OECD work and various national initiatives in the field. This Framework is built around three distinct domains: material conditions, quality …

International collaborations for well-being

Wellbeing Economy Governments Group

Scotland established the Wellbeing Economy Governments Group with Iceland and New Zealand in 2018 to collaborate in pursuit of new ways to improve wellbeing.  The Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo) is a collaboration of national and regional governments promoting sharing of expertise and transferrable policy practices. The aims are to deepen their understanding and advance their shared ambition of building wellbeing economies. WEGo, which currently comprises Scotland, New Zealand, Iceland, and Wales, is founded on the recognition that ‘development’ in the 21st century entails delivering human and ecological wellbeing.

Nicola Sturgeon’s TED Talk on WeGo
Scotland’s …

Well-being in Germany

Germany’s “Wellbeing in Germany – what matters to us” initiative is designed to provide a benchmark for effective policymaking.  To find out how people define “wellbeing”, the government initiated an extensive national dialogue in 2015.  This revealed that people have a very broad and diverse view of what constitutes wellbeing.  This was integrated with the findings of other national and international research projects and discussions, to select 12 dimensions and 46 indicators for the current status and trends in wellbeing in Germany. 

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The indicator system  (last update: March 2020) shows the current situation and long-term trends in wellbeing …