As part of our work to amplify the important work in the Wellbeing Economy movement, these WEAll Weekly Update blogs will share some of the latest and greatest updates from our membership and beyond. Please use the comment box to share any relevant updates from this week and keep the conversation going!

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Can we legitimately say something? – Rabia Abrar

“Since my day job revolves around promoting the creation of a Wellbeing Economy, I could legitimately say something about this situation [events in the Occupied Palestinian Territories] if I can show how it is relevant to that. Let’s see…”

The Importance of Resource Security for Poverty Eradication – Global Footprint Network

“72% of the world population live in countries faced with a precarious situation. These countries both (1) run a biological resource deficit (where demand for biological resources exceeds regeneration) and (2) generate less than world-average income, limiting their ability to purchase resources from elsewhere.”

Public Banks and COVID-19

“Five overarching and promising lessons stand out: public banks have the potential to respond rapidly; to fulfill their public purpose mandates; to act boldly; to mobilize their existing institutional capacity; and to build on ‘public-public’ solidarity. In short, public banks are helping us navigate the tidal wave of Covid-19 at the same time as private
lenders are turning away.”

WEAll Publication: Health and the Environment

WEAll Scotland Report: Business and a Wellbeing Economy

How to achieve a ‘health renaissance’ – Social Europe

“First and foremost, recognise the health-environment nexus as the core of planetary health and evolve from cost-benefit analysis to recognition of ‘co-benefits’”

Una politica ambientale-sanitaria per il Rinascimento della sanità globale

Rethinking Values and Well-being – Dirk Philipsen

“Today, we can retell the stories above in greater detail, and with more knowledge and understanding. Yet the debate remains the same: how to think about the benefits and costs of growth-based progress? Or, even more simply: what constitutes a good life?”

Well-Being Economics – Paul Dalzi and Trudi Cameron

“This article provides an overview of well-being economics, with particular attention to public health”

Data as asset? The measurement, governance, and valuation of digital personal data by Big Tech by Kean Birch, DT Cochrane, Callum Ward

We analyse the transformation of personal data into an asset in order to explore how personal data is accounted for, governed, and valued by Big Tech firms and other political-economic actors (e.g., investors). 

House of Commons Finance Bill

Building A Wellbeing Economy Roadmap for Towns– Thriving Places Index

The collective efforts of citizens, communities, businesses and governments can be driving towards a much more ambitious and meaningful outcome – the growth of our capacity to thrive.

Building Creative Capacity For a Flourishing Future – Flourishing Fiction Co-Lab

“We posit the root causes of today’s existential crises will never be managed out of existence. That’s why we need to stretch and grow our imaginative capacities, so we might reliably conceive of and create the future we are capable of — individually and collectively.”

Safety in the Face of the Climate Crisis – Jamie Greenberger

Utilizing States at Risk’s data set, we narrowed down exactly which threats each state faces to determine the safest and most vulnerable locations. We also surveyed over 1,000 people to get a better idea of how the public approaches the climate crisis.

A Global MetaUniversity to Lead by Design to a Sustainable Well-Being Future – Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski Tom Kompas & Paul C. Sutton

Building a global collaborative consortium of universities and other educational institutions can move this agenda forward. We describe how this “MetaUniversity” could be structured and how it would serve to advance this agenda and lead the way to a sustainable well-being future for humanity and the rest of nature.

The importance of resource security for poverty eradication – Mathis Wackernagel, Laurel Hanscom, Priyangi Jayasinghe, David Lin, Adeline Murthy, Evan Neill & Peter Raven 

We examine the implications for poverty eradication when overshoot (living off the depletion of biological capital) is no longer an option. In that era, humanity’s physical metabolism must stem entirely from Earth’s biological regeneration

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