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!
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”[…]
I have now spoken repeatedly about Beyond Apologies at different universities and other venues in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Looking into the audiences, mostly of students, I have seen many people who could relate to what I was saying: that the current economic system is a disaster for people and the Read more about A book tour[…]
One of the many topics I write about in Beyond Apologies is why GDP tells us almost nothing useful about how a country and its people are doing. There are a lot of problems with GDP as a measure. Among them is the fact that it is mostly limited to monetary exchanges. If a family Read more about Nonsensical accounting[…]
In fall of 2015 I attended a conference about walking, held in Vienna. People from various Western European countries (including England and Switzerland) explained that due to austerity programs, their governments could not afford to fund improvements for walking, including programs to ensure that children can walk to school safely. Now, this is blatantly absurd Read more about Can we afford to be this stupid?[…]
A while back I dreamed that I was giving a talk about climate change. I told my audience that they could not expect governments to solve the problem for us. We need to show our governments that we are willing to make major changes in our move away from fossil fuels. This means showing that Read more about Dreaming of a smarter response to climate change[…]