Cities for Change
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Towards a Democratic Wellbeing Economy Redirecting the urban economy towards wellbeing [CANCELLED]
THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED
The session will take place in the Cities for Change Forum, a two-month online programme facilitated by the city of Amsterdam, on the 26th of May from 16.00-17.30. We aim to bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers from across cities internationally to exchange knowledge and experiences on redirecting the urban economy towards wellbeing, instead of GDP growth.
View here the livestream (or join the online conference room):
The need for a new economic narrative that ultimately serves us – the people – is no longer implicit. Researchers, civil society groups and (inter)governmental organizations, such as the OECD and the Council of the European Union, embrace the idea that we need to move beyond GDP growth, towards an economy that places the inclusive and sustainable improvement of citizen's wellbeing at its heart. This implies also different ways of work to urban governance that demand more citizen-centered decision-making and bottom-up, co-creative approaches.
Together we want to inspire and cross-fertilise initiatives taken across cities and share knowledge on implementing a wellbeing economy approach that includes the design of new policy instruments and methods. For instance, our research in Amsterdam aims to develop a ‘Community Wellbeing Dashboard’ for specific neighbourhoods in co-creation with the neighbourhood residents. Such a Dashboard will display people’s wellbeing within multiple dimensions, and the interaction between these dimensions, to inform economic policy accordingly.
The co-created session includes pitch presentations that will be alternated with a panel debate and joint discussion groups on the key challenges and new directions for innovative solutions. A growing number of such solutions can be found across the world, all aiming to transform economic systems into Wellbeing Economies. We must share our experiences to learn from each other and translate this Wellbeing vision into actual policy-practice. What can we, as policymakers, researchers, and practitioners, and as active agents of change, do to create a Wellbeing Economy?
The session targets people involved in urban governance and is open to the public. It will be live-streamed on the website of the Cities for Change.
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