Our latest event was loosely based on some of the analysis of the new subjective wellbeing data collected by the Office for National Statistics. This data has shown, for example, that the highest levels of wellbeing are found on the small islands of the British Isles, and the lowest levels of wellbeing are found in London and the Welsh Valleys. These regional differences persist even when levels of deprivation have been taken into account. The panel discussed why there are clear differences in the levels of subjective wellbeing reported across the UK, and what policy-makers might be able to do about it.
- Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of the London Borough of Newham
- Dr George Kavetsos, London School of Economics
- Councillor Jim Hakewill, Kettering Borough Council
- David Lammy MP
A recording of the panel speeches can be found here. Unfortunately, owing to a technical fault only the first two panel contributions were recorded. The powerpoint presentation of the third speaker, Jim Hakewill, can be found here
On November 20 2012, David Lammy was voted the new Chair of the APPG on Wellbeing Economics. David is the MP for Tottenham and served 9 years (2001-10) as a Minister in the last Labour government. You can find out more about David here:
In December 2011, Jo Swinson MP, the Chair of the APPG on Wellbeing Economics spoke at the Business Well-Being Network annual conference in London. She gave and overview of the Office of National Statistic’s work on measuring wellbeing; gave examples of policies that could boost wellbeing in the workplace; and highlighted evidence that boosting wellbeing had positive knock-on effects for business productivity.
Here is a clip of part of the speech.
On Thursday 12th July, the APPG on Wellbeing Economics will be holding a speaker meeting: ‘Lessons from Costa Rica? Topping the Happy Planet Index’.
The event is open to the public and you are very welcome to attend.
Please RSVP using the following link: www.appgwbeconomics.eventbrite.co.uk.
As you may know, the New Economics Foundation recently published its ‘Happy Planet Index’ which ranks countries according to their wellbeing and environmental sustainability. For the second time running, Costa Rica has topped the table.
Given that the Rio 20+ conference concluded that sustainable development goals can only be achieved where populations can reach a state of physical, mental and social well-being, this is something that we should all take note of.
We have an eminent panel including:
- Her Excellency Ms Pilar Saborio de Rocafort, Costa Rican Ambassador to the UK.
- Juliet Michaelson, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Well-being at nef (the new economics foundation), and co-author of The Happy Planet Index: 2012 Report
- Séverine Deneulin: Lecturer in international development at the University of Bath.
The panellists will discuss how Costa Rica manages combine such high levels of wellbeing and such low environmental impact, and what the lessons are for the UK. After each panellist has spoken, there will then be the chance to put your questions to them in a Q&A session.
The full details of the event are:
Lessons from Costa Rica? Topping the Happy Planet Index
2:15pm-3:30pm, Thursday 12th July
Committee Room 11
Speakers: Pilar Saborio de Rocafort, Juliet Michelson, Séverine Deneulin
Chair: Baroness Claire Tyler
If you wish to attend, please RSVP using the following link: www.appgwbeconomics.eventbrite.co.uk.
The next APPG on Wellbeing Economics event will be held on Thursday 17th May, in Committee Room 1, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, SW1A 0AA.
We have an expert panel to discuss whether promoting the wellbeing of employees helps increase workplace productivity.
Our panelists are:
- Tony Hsieh: CEO of $1billion company Zappos.com and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Delivering Happiness’.
- Nic Marks: Founder of the Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation.
- Paul Litchfield: Chief Medical Officer at BT.
The full details of the event are:
“Happy Workers = Business Growth?”
2:45-4:00pm, Thursday 17th May
Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, SW1A 0AA
Speakers: Tony Hsieh, Nic Marks, Paul Litchfield
Chair: Jo Swinson MP
The meeting is open to the public; however, spaces may be limited. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by emailing email@example.com
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