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Regional Measures for Well-being
The document presents the background, main ideas and recommendations developed within Project Wealth in the frame of Indicators for Well-being and Local Sustainable Economic Development
Date 21/7/2015
Regional Measures for Well-being
The report presented here summarizes the results of a series of public consultation workshops that were conducted with the residents of the East Negev cluster, in which they discussed the question, “what is wellbeing in the East Negev region?”
Date 20/7/2015
The role of civil society in Well-being measuring
The following presentation summarize the results and conclusions of a research conducted by Lunaria over the role of stakeholder consultation in well-being process. The research had analysed public consultation methods and process in few case studies in both Israel and Italy. It brings new insights on the links between consultation methods and the local context. Regionalism, localism and well being indicators
Date 14/7/2015
PARLIAMENTARY BILL Provisions for the use of indicators of wellbeing in public policy
Honourable colleagues –The purpose of this bill is to adopt the indicators of well being, environmental sustainability, social quality and gender equality as instruments of national law-making that must be referenced whenever public policies are being adopted or evaluated so that such policies may effectively increase the well being of the country as a whole
Date 14/7/2015
Project Wealth: Regional Measurments for Well Being Conference - Dimona, Israel
Project Wealth introduces new approaches to the promotion of socio-economic development and enhancement of territories through alternative economic development practices
Date 27/4/2015
Promoting together quality of life in the Negev
More than thirty experts from the academia, the government and civil society organization were joined toghther in an expert seminar that was held on Feburary 5th, 2015 at Ben-Gurion University.
Date 16/3/2015
OECD regional well-being report adopts the collaborative multi stakeholder approach
OECD regional well-being report adopts the collaborative multi stakeholder approach as was presented in the Province of Rome in collaboration with Lunaria-Sbilanciamoci! Campaign
Date 1/11/2014
European System of accounts - Esa 2010: Questions and answers
National accounts are the main tool for measuring the overall economic situation of a country. They are used by public bodies, economic and social operators, which find in them important information instrumental for their decisions; moreover, they are a key reference for the media, enterprises and academic researchers as well.
Date 6/9/2014
Sex, Drugs and G.D.P.
G.D.P. is important, right? I’ve been an economics reporter for only 10 months, but I think I’ve learned that much. G.D.P. — gross domestic product — is a cornerstone economic statistic used to measure a country’s economic output
Date 6/9/2014
Drugs and prostitution add £10bn to UK economy
Prostitutes and drug dealers are set to give Britain a £10bn boost as the country revamps the way it measures its economy
Date 6/9/2014
Changing the scales
European countries are adopting new global standards for what counts as output. These replace rules dating back to 1995, when the internet age had barely begun
Date 6/9/2014
OECD Regional well-being measurement
The OECD Regional Well-Being website allow visitors to explore the values of eight topics which are defined by the OECD as important for Well-Being.
Date 31/8/2014
Athens and Palermo: the most dissatisfied cities in Europe – analysis
A report looking into satisfaction levels in 79 European cities does little to shake the stereotype of Nordic utopia, while Mediterranean cities seethe with discontent – and British ones seem okay with their lot
Date 7/8/2014
How’s life in your region?
Understanding people’s level of well-being and its determinants is crucial to orient how public policies can be adjusted to better achieve society’s objectives. For many people, their perception of well-being depends as much on their immediate environment as on national conditions.
Date 3/8/2014
Has GDP outgrown its use?
Governments and the media obsess about it while statisticians endlessly fiddle – but what is the real point of GDP and can it ever be accurately measured?
Date 24/7/2014
GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History
This entertaining and informative book tells the story of GDP, making sense of a statistic that appears constantly in the news, business, and politics, and that seems to rule our lives—but that hardly anyone actually understands.
Date 24/7/2014
Global Launch of 2014 Human Development Report
The 2014 Human Development Report - Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience.
Date 24/7/2014
The Global Youth Wellbeing Index
The inaugural Global Youth Wellbeing Index gathers and connects youth-related data to assess and compare the state of young people’s wellbeing around the world. The Index is designed to facilitate both thought and action by elevating youth needs and opportunities and young people’s participation on national and global agendas
Date 24/7/2014
Which country does the most good for the world?
It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide
Date 15/7/2014
Webinar: Civil society engagement in well-being statistics: good practices from Italy
The webinar (online seminar) “Civil society engagement in well-being statistics: good practices from Italy” will take place on Friday June 20th, 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m (CEST).
Date 18/6/2014

How to Measure Quality of Life?
Economic policy in most countries around the globe is derived by measurements of production, consumption, investment and profit, referred to collectively as Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Date 3/2/2014
Time to leave GDP behind
The paper argues that we need new, more integrated measures of sustainable human well-being and that time is now ripe to allow this to finally happen
Date 20/1/2014
OECD moves towards regional wellbeing indicators
OECD moves towards regional weel-being indicators alternative to the GDP.
Date 20/1/2014
Research Group Second meeting - January 28th 2013
In recent years, a new movement aiming at moving societies “beyond GDP” is emerging following the initiatives carried out by political authorities and civil society, the research on the measurement of quality-of-life and happiness, and the initiatives undertaken by the OECD on measuring and fostering societal progress.
Date 30/9/2013
Rome Convention video
LSED - Some Italian Success Stories
Date 11/9/2013

Presentation: Quality of life measurements
Date 25/6/2013

Examples of initiatives to promote Quality of Life indices
Date 25/6/2013

A project report on the development of regional welfare indices initiated by Lunaria
Date 25/6/2013

An article reviewing the process of developing Quality of Life indices in various regions in Italy
Date 25/6/2013
On the alternative wellbeing indicators
Alternative well-being parameters and how they may impact in LSED planning have been a major topic in the recent Italian NGOs / Sbilanciamoci! institutions dynamics. Presentations and discussions include both the civil society
Date 25/6/2013

Israel Sustainability Outlook 2030
Date 23/6/2013

Well-Being in Italian Regions
Measures, Civil Society consultation and Evidence
Date 12/6/2013

QUARS – Regional Quality of Development Index
QUARS – Regional Quality of Development Index Building alternative measures for development / quality of life
Date 19/5/2013

New well-being indicators: Monitoring development in the Rome Province - In Italian
n 2012 Lunaria / Sbilanciamoci! has been asked by the Rome Province to monitor the evolution of this planning excercise, identifying indicators to propose adjustments to balance local disparities out. The researchers have analyzed 49 local statistical indicators, picturing the strengths and weaknesses at local level for each one of the six areas. (In Italian(
Date 8/5/2013

An analysis and information tool to measure the local quality of life - in Italian
The seven QUARS well-being dimensions taken into account, within which sub-indicators have been included, are: • Environment • Economy and labour • Health • Welfare and citizenship • Education and culture • Equal opportunities • Citizens' participation in public life. (In Italian(
Date 8/5/2013
Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index
Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Date 7/5/2013

Tim Jackson: An economic reality check
As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future
Date 7/5/2013
Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto
In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.
Date 7/5/2013
Robert F. Kennedy challenges Gross Domestic Product
Forty years ago, Robert F. Kennedy challenged the basic way we measure progress and well-being in America. Today, the Glaser Progress Foundation is raising the same questions through a new medium. The Seattle-based foundation released a new web video marking the anniversary of a famous speech in which Kennedy said the Gross Domestic Product counts "everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile."
Date 7/5/2013
Tim Jackson: An economic reality check
As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future. Tim Jackson studies the links between lifestyle, societal values and the environment to question the primacy of economic growth
Date 7/5/2013
Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Date 7/5/2013

Social Return on Investment- Lessons learned in Australia
The past decade has seen increasing interest in measuring the social impact of projects, programs, organisations, businesses, and policies, both internationally and within Australia. Social Return on Investment (SROI) has emerged as an approach to meet these demands.
Date 7/5/2013

Details for A Guide to Social Return on Investment 2012
an updated version of the 2009 Guide to SROI that was published by the Cabinet Office. There are no changes to the principles or methodology used to apply those principles within the framework. The purpose of the update is to amend the language used so that it is more relevant for international audiences and for different sectors and types of organisations.
Date 7/5/2013

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil
Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.
Date 7/5/2013

Well-Being in Italian Regions. Measures, Civil Society consultation and Evidence
E orts recently attempted to integrate various aspects of economic progress, environ- mental sustainability
Date 7/5/2013

The QUARS - assessing the qulaty of development in Italian regiones
Sbilanciamoci! is a campaign involving 45 associations, NGOs and networks working on globalisation, peace, human rights, environment, fair trade, ethical finance. Since 1999 Sbilanciamoci! has proposed alternatives to the Italian budgetary policies, arguing for social and environmental priorities. Sbilanciamoci! publishes yearly reports, meets policy makers, organizes conferences to promote a different use of public resources and new role of public actors in the economy.
Date 7/5/2013

Measuring equitable and sustainable wellbeing in Italy
During the last two years a further improvement towards the measurement of wellbeing and societal progress has been made by publishing the annual report “Noi Italia” which provides a brief presentation of the most relevant, according to Istat, statistical information for describing the state of the country, and by including in the Multipurpose social survey an internationally comparable single question on overall life satisfaction as well as a question on how relevant the different dimensions of wellbeing are for citizens. Finally, in 2011, Istat together with the National Council for Economics and Labor (CNEL) started a national consultation to identify a shared set of Indicators of the progress of Italian society, therefore honoring the recommendations by the OECD and the Stiglitz Commission.
Date 7/5/2013

Measuring well-being at the local level
The interest in developing alternative indicators came about due to the recognition that growth, taken in its narrow sense as a mere increase in income, level of industrialization or investment, can have distorting, and at times even negative, consequences for the quality of life of a given population if it is not combined with appropriate social and environmental policies. To be able to talk about “development”, therefore, growth must be “qualified”, i.e., accompanied by increased well-being
Date 7/5/2013

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