Paradigm of well being

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What we know of well-being in contemporary society? This presentation was given by Aleksi Neuvonen in September 2012 in Joensuus in a conference Future of Regional Well-being. It explores different policy options that could increase well-being in current developed, industrialized societies.

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Paradigm of well being

  1. 1. Paradigm of Well-being in the Age of Turbulence; the politics of happiness Future of Regional Well-being September 11th 2012Aleksi NeuvonenDemos Helsinkiwww.demos.fialeksi.neuvonen@demos.fiTwitter: @leksis
  2. 2. Experienced well-being x Life expectancy Ecological footprint
  3. 3. Happiness is not only matter of wealth.
  4. 4. Happiness is not only matter of wealth.There are ways of measuring happiness.
  5. 5. Happiness is not only matter of wealth.There are ways of measuring happiness.Discussion on happiness could help us tore-focus the discussion on future ofsociety.
  6. 6. http://demos.fi/files/politics_of_happiness.pdf
  7. 7. http://demos.fi/files/The_Well-Being_of_the_Metropolis.pdf
  8. 8. Well-being: what we know of the past?
  9. 9. Prosperity disengages experiencedwell-being from material needs.Beyond a point increased wealthdoesn’t necessarily result increasedhappiness.
  10. 10. Is the Easterlin paradox true?Or does it merely reflect the shortcomings of the US system?
  11. 11. Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää Suomea. Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, 2012.
  12. 12. Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää Suomea. Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, 2012.
  13. 13. Discussion is moving towardsemhasizing experienced well-being Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää Suomea. Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, 2012.
  14. 14. Discussion is moving towardsemhasizing experienced well-beingThere are significant disparities betweennations in population’s level ofexperienced well-being that cannot beattributed to genetics or culture. Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää Suomea. Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, 2012.
  15. 15. Discussion is moving towardsemhasizing experienced well-beingThere are significant disparities betweennations in population’s level ofexperienced well-being that cannot beattributed to genetics or culture.Both individual’s own improved social status and generalimprovements in general level of equality in society improvedexperienced well-being. Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää Suomea. Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, 2012.
  16. 16. Discussion is moving towardsemhasizing experienced well-beingThere are significant disparities betweennations in population’s level ofexperienced well-being that cannot beattributed to genetics or culture.Both individual’s own improved social status and generalimprovements in general level of equality in society improvedexperienced well-being.Historical periods of growth make people feel themselves more well-being than at the times of downturns. Hence, increased wealth doesimprove well-being, at least to certain extent. Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää Suomea. Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, 2012.
  17. 17. Discussion is moving towardsemhasizing experienced well-beingThere are significant disparities betweennations in population’s level ofexperienced well-being that cannot beattributed to genetics or culture.Both individual’s own improved social status and generalimprovements in general level of equality in society improvedexperienced well-being.Historical periods of growth make people feel themselves more well-being than at the times of downturns. Hence, increased wealth doesimprove well-being, at least to certain extent.In prosperous societies wealth doesn’t contribute to experiencedwell-being as much as other factors. Yet high level of well-beingseems to require sufficient level of prosperity. Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää Suomea. Kalevi Sorsa -säätiö, 2012.
  18. 18. But:
  19. 19. But:The more wealth, the less efficient growth andprosperity are in improving well-being.
  20. 20. But:The more wealth, the less efficient growth andprosperity are in improving well-being.”Hedonic treadmill”: We get bored, we compare,we tend to sacrifice other things to works.Therefore growth often misses its potential forincreasing well-being.
  21. 21. But:The more wealth, the less efficient growth andprosperity are in improving well-being.”Hedonic treadmill”: We get bored, we compare,we tend to sacrifice other things to works.Therefore growth often misses its potential forincreasing well-being. Do we have means to create growth without well-being hampering inequalities and competition?
  22. 22. Well-being: the uncertain future
  23. 23. We don’t have any warrant, that...there would sufficient conditions foreconomic growth in industrialisedcountries.
  24. 24. We don’t have any warrant, that...growth would spread wealth andemployment.
  25. 25. We don’t have any warrant, that...growth would spread wealth andemployment.
  26. 26. We don’t have any warrant, that...growth would spread wealth andemployment.
  27. 27. We don’t have any warrant, that...growth would be in any terms sustainable.
  28. 28. We don’t have any warrant, that...growth would create more positive than negativeimpacts on well-being.
  29. 29. http://www.eva.fi/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Maailman-paras-maa.pdf
  30. 30. We don’t have any warrant, that...we could stop the system of growth without resultinga crisis...or that we would have any alternative models forwell-being.
  31. 31. But still:
  32. 32. But still:Knowledge bases on well-being and its conditionsis better than ever.Hence, we are also better aware of problemsresulting from historical model of economicgrowth.Policy options for improving well-being are fuzierthan in the 20th century.
  33. 33. But still: Knowledge bases on well-being and its conditions is better than ever. Hence, we are also better aware of problems resulting from historical model of economic growth. Policy options for improving well-being are fuzier than in the 20th century.prosperity individualism longer life expectancyglobalised culture choice
  34. 34. Towards resilient well-being: We should at leastconsider and test growth-independent measuresfor well-being.
  35. 35. Well-being: the alternatives
  36. 36. Scarcely Highly political political subjects subjects Taxation of happinessFeasibility low Religion, sex harming activities New politics ofFeasibility high Lonelines, bullying happiness, social sustainability Juho Saari: Onnellisuuspolitiikka. Kohti sosiaalisesti kestävää kehitystä.
  37. 37. Public investments inmental health andprevention of mentalillnesses
  38. 38. Diverse opportunities formeaningful activities andself-actualisation.
  39. 39. Improved workplacesatisfacation
  40. 40. Rich urban fabric and highquality of builtenvironments.
  41. 41. Preventive healthcare first
  42. 42. More engaging publicservices, more focus onself-determination.
  43. 43. More engaging publicservices, more focus onself-determination.
  44. 44. Spirit of the progress

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