Raising awareness blueprint pt 3


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Part Three of a blueprint for raising awareness in your city, campus, community or company about the importance of happiness!

Make It Happy partners with The Happiness Initiative to raise awareness of the importance of happiness in our personal lives and for our policy makers.

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Raising awareness blueprint pt 3

  1. 1. Make Seattle Happy Report: A Blueprint for Raising Awareness in Your Community about the importance of happiness as a guide for the future of our nation, neighborhoods and personal life PART THREE: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
  2. 2. Part Three: Policy Recommendations Three recommendation emerging from the Raising Awareness - Make Seattle Happy Project
  3. 3. Policy Recommendations 1) Gross National Happiness Policy Screening Tool, including research and grassroots application 2) A Happiness Policy Library to inspire and aid progress by policy makers and the community members 3) Crucible for the Gross National Happiness Index and its uses: a litmus test to refine and develop the GNH Index
  4. 4. Gross National Happiness Project and Policy Screening Tool With the support of the government of Bhutan, we drafted a policy screening tool based on the ones Bhutan is using. How it works: A project of policy is rated on a scale of 1-4 for the screening factors relevant to that policy or policy A positive score is 4X the number of screening questions A neutral score is 3X the number of screening questions If a policy is positive or neutral, it is recommended to the decision makers
  5. 5. Gross National Happiness Project and Policy Screening Tool Who uses the tool? A committee, group or selection of individuals who are: qualified to evaluate the project or policy and its impacts knowledgeable about the subject matter and circumstances of a project or policy respected by the community neutral to the outcome
  6. 6. Example The Policy under consideration is Inclusionary Zoning Laws, and the policy is examined against four screening questions: Economic Security, Community Integrity, Inclusion and Discrimination, and Compassion, Generosity and Gratitude. A positive score is 4 X the number of screening questions, in this example 16. A neutral score is 3 X the number of screening questions, in this example 12. The policy must have a score of at least 12 to be accepted. Here it has a score of 14.
  7. 7. Material Well-being
  8. 8. Governance
  9. 9. Environment
  10. 10. Community
  11. 11. Social Support
  12. 12. Education, Learning, Arts & Culture
  13. 13. Physical Health
  14. 14. Psychological Health
  15. 15. Time Balance
  16. 16. Work
  17. 17. The Gross National Happiness Policy and Project Screening tool is available online in a word document visit happycounts.org/raiseawarenessreport please give attribution to The Happiness Initiative/Happy Counts.
  18. 18. A Happiness Policy Library We recommend the development of a library of policies relevant to the domains of happiness to inspire and aid progress. These include policies and practices that cities, community members and other agents have implemented to improve one or more domains of happiness.
  19. 19. A Happiness Policy Library Example Policies Community Vitality Parking Day (or Parking Summer) Traffic Calming Zones Neighborhood Clean-Up Days Annual Street Block Potlucks Environment Fix it First Policies Community Gardens Water Quality Protection Time Balance Vacation/Sick Leave Ordinance Mixed-Use Neighborhoods Workplace Office Park Reintegration Education and Learning Walking School Bus Early Education Urban Planning Games Planning for Smarter Growth Cultural Vitality Urban Structure Design Criteria and Codes Art Hubs Health Activities and Policies Walking Promotion by Community Groups Games In the Park Material Well-Being Inclusionary Zoning Law
  20. 20. A Happiness Policy and Action Library in progress is available online visit happycounts.org/happypolicy We are collecting policies and actions. Please send suggestions to info@happycounts.org
  21. 21. Crucible We recommend a crucible – a litmus test to refine and develop the GNH Index. We recommend two phases: Crucible I: Use the Gross National Happiness Index in two areas in order to gauge the happiness and wellbeing of an area that has implemented a policy or action compared to an area that has not. Crucible II: Use the Gross National Happiness Index in one area before and after implementing a policy or action to gauge the impact on people’s happiness and wellbeing. Learning from the crucible will be used to refine and develop the Gross National Happiness Index and its use.
  22. 22. Make Seattle Happy: A Blueprint for Raising Awareness in Your Community. Please use these materials to raise awareness about the importance of happiness and well-being, the happiness movement and the aim of a new economic paradigm. These materials may be used or reproduced for any non- commercial use. For more information, inquiries or comments, please email info@happycounts.org or visit happycounts.org Report compiled by: Laura Musikanski, JD, MBA Editing team: Eldan Goldenberg, James Bradbury Copyright © The Happiness Initiative 2013