Wellbeing refers to both material and social aspects of people’s lives, as well as to the overall living environment. Material wellbeing refers to having enough, in decent quality, of the basic necessities, particularly shelter, food, clothing, education, and health care. In cities, it can also refer to having access to good transport: safe, comfortable, and convenient conditions for walking and cycling, and a good and affordable public transit system.
Social wellbeing includes connections to people and institutions, to strong, vibrant communities, and to thriving neighbourhoods. It also refers to respect for human rights, including the rights of workers and of people with disabilities.
The Institute of Wellbeing facilitates the exchange of ideas and information about approaches to increasing wellbeing. Our main activities include promoting the ideas in the book Beyond Apologies, Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing (available for download on this website) and involvement of youth in advocacy for change, via We Squared Clubs (www.wesquared.club). Other activities include lectures in Bangladesh and overseas, classes, policy-focused research and internships.
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Revolt Against Plastic
One-use plastics are a menace to our health and environment. Our oceans are filled with plastic debris. Plastic kills birds, fish, and other life that mistakes it for food. It is time to revolt against one-use containers.
A parklet is a small park, temporary or permanent, in the space otherwise occupied by one or more parked cars. It is a way of returning some urban space to people for their recreation and socializing.
Making our cities carfree would drastically reduce a number of pressing problems including traffic congestion, climate change air pollution, traffic crashes, and obesity. We could save vast amounts of time, space, and money while living in vastly more pleasant cities.
Help make the city green and enjoy fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables by growing food on your verandahs and rooftop!
by Debra Efroymson “What’s your dog’s name?” “Tiger,” I reply, as I pass a row of beggars. “What’s your dog’s name?” the same beggar asks the next day. I sigh slightly. “Tiger.” On day three, when he asks again, I stop, put my hands on my hips, and scold him. “I’ve already told you twice! Read more about Connecting with the ignored[…]
by Debra Efroymson Recently I asked an economics graduate what she was learning in her economics classes at university. She replied that they taught microeconomics and macroeconomics. In short, micro deals with consumers and macro with industry. I explained my feeling that the only possible use for economics is to identify what the basic needs Read more about What is an economics of wellbeing?[…]
by Debra Efroymson Walking at my favourite park one day, I see a beggar woman pop out from behind a tree. She is hideously disfigured, so much so that I cannot bear to look at her. I pass her with a shudder. Was it fire, acid, or something else that took off part of a Read more about Acknowledging the humanity of others[…]
There’s a funny thing about trying to do something good in this world: it often feels like all the forces are allied against us. If we want to do something harmful, like sell a dangerous or useless product that is bad for health and the environment, well, go right ahead! But if we want to Read more about Welcome to this new blog![…]
A woman jumped into a well with her two-year-old son because she couldn’t pay off her debt to the microcredit company. Another woman sold her daughter to a prostitution ring to pay off her debt. Hundreds of other women tried killing themselves to escape their debt as the impending debt payments stripped them of their Read more about Microcredit: A miracle cure for poverty?[…]
We Squared (WE2 ) stands for Wellbeing and Equality for Everyone. WE2 is an initiative of the Institute of Wellbeing. It is based on the belief that the problems of poverty and environmental degradation will not be solved if we continue on the same path. There is enough wealth in the world to end the Read more about We Squared[…]
Life is sufficiently complex that experts are often needed. They can provide helpful advice and guidance on a number of subjects. But they can also enjoy more power than is safe. By telling others that only they have the knowledge needed to make a good decision, they can keep the public out of the picture. Read more about Economics is too important to leave in the hands of experts[…]
We so often hear that companies are efficient while governments are not, that we can forget to question the truth of that claim. Target has recently excelled in various departments: extreme business incompetence, proof that CEO benefit packages have nothing to do with performance, and yet another stunning example of gross inequality between the pay Read more about Targeting Target[…]
I learned a new word the other day: “functional foods”. At first I could only assume that a “functional” food must be one that provides needed nutrients and is good for health, the environment, and the local economy. A non-functional food would be one that contains excessive salt, sugar, or fat and that is harmful Read more about “Functional Foods”[…]