Entries by Rabia Abrar


WEAll Weekly Update – December 3

Welcome to our weekly update! 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 […]

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A big week for the Wellbeing Economy movement: parliamentary debates and environmental law

This has been a week of big milestones / ‘firsts’ for the Wellbeing Economy movement – from being seriously debated in the UK Parliament to being recognised in law in the EU. Let’s dive into some of the highlights: The UK’s first ever Parliamentary Debate on a Wellbeing Economy On Tuesday, MP Caroline Lucas of […]

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Happy Planet Index 2021 Launch Event – recap

By: Rabia Abrar On October 25, we held a launch event for the Happy Planet Index 2021, the 5th edition of an index that ranks countries based on how efficiently they use our limited ecological resources to live long, happy lives.  What is the Happy Planet Index? Nic Marks kicked things off by explaining why […]

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The latest Happy Planet Index: Costa Rica tops the list, beating Western economies on sustainable wellbeing

WEAll revealed the latest rankings of the Happy Planet Index (HPI) today, which compare countries by how efficiently they are creating long, happy lives using our limited environmental resources. The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is the leading global measure of ‘sustainable wellbeing’. It measures ‘efficiency’, using three indicators: Wellbeing – how satisfied people are with […]

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Social Bite: Social Housing and the Wellbeing Economy

By Calum Rosie Calum Rosie is a writer based in Edinburgh, and is a correspondent for Immigration Advice Service. He writes about his personal views on social housing as it relates to a Wellbeing Economy, for WEAll’s ‘Wellbeing Economy Correspondents’ guest blog series. Wellbeing Economy Correspondents is a series highlighting the first-hand experiences of individuals who […]

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How the Philippines is Using ‘Community Pantries’ to Address Socioeconomic Inequalities Amid the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many revelations that forced everyone to reassess. Amidst the challenges and difficulties, it showed that a holistic and unified approach trumped a profit-centred individualistic mindset. Rather than just striving to return to “normal”, we are seeing more countries promising to build back better. In fact, thanks to vaccinations, a transition […]


Visions of a Wellbeing Economy: Switzerland

Wohlbefinde – “Wellbeing” Eh Ökonomie fürs Wohlbefinde – “A Wellbeing Economy” Swiss German Switzerland is a country that always scores very high in rankings such as “the world’s happiest countries” and “best standards of living”, and that people living elsewhere often associate with beautiful nature, tasty chocolate, and very expensive prices. In many ways, Switzerland […]


Where do we go from here?

By: Rabia Abrar Over the last 24 hours, like everyone else, I’ve cycled through an overwhelming series of emotions: disbelief, frustration, anger, helplessness, sadness, dread.  I felt especially sad because, while yesterday’s violent acts of white supremacy in Washington D.C. are news, white supremacy and the institutional and systemic racism1 that enables it, is far from new.   […]

Wrapping Up 2020: WEAll Made It!

It goes without saying that this has been a difficult year for everyone.  The global pandemic has made the injustice, unsustainability, and fragility of our current economic system clearer than ever – and exposed the urgency of transforming our economic system. The good news is that WEAll has made significant progress this year in our […]


Visions of a Wellbeing Economy: Bulgaria

By Izabela Ivanova Velikova Визии за Благополучната Икономика в България “Visions for the Wellbeing Economy in Bulgaria” Bulgarian (sounds like /vizii/ /za/ /blagopoluchnata/ /ikonomika/ /v/ /bulgaria/) Благополучна “Wellbeing” Bulgarian (sounds like /blagopoluchna/) Being a country with a 14 century history, Bulgaria has gone through many transformations, which inevitably had their impact on the way that […]


Visions of a Wellbeing Economy: Greece

By: Anna Chrysopoulou Κοινωνική ευημερία: collective wellbeing (sounds like /kee-no-nee-kee/ /e-vee-me-ree-ah/) Οικονομία της ευτυχίας: Wellbeing Economy   (sounds like /oy-kon-o-me-ah/  /tis/ / ef-tee-hee-ahs/) Greece is a country with several linguistic terms to define the concept of ‘wellbeing’: ευημερία (e-vee-me-ree-ah), ευ ζην (ev zeen), and ευδαιμονία (ev-de-mo-nee-ah). The latter, especially, appears extensively in Greek ethics and […]

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Life-Centered (Wellbeing) Economics for the 21st Century

by: Sandra Waddock There is a lot of talk today about bouncing ‘back’ or returning to what passed for normal before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the world and everyone’s lives. But there is a huge problem with that idea.  By the nature of complexity and wicked problems in social systems, complex systems simply cannot return to prior states once change […]

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People and Planet before Profit? A framework to compare the big ideas

by: Erinch Sahan A fundamental change is sweeping across the business world. Big ideas are spreading, new slogans being echoed, and the very purpose of business being questioned. A host of concepts and initiatives are driving this conversation. From BCorps to Social Enterprise, Cooperatives to Shared Value, the market-place of ideas is heating up. These are […]