Building communities of wellbeing urban systems

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Author of “The Economics of Happiness” and happiness economist Mark Anielski will explore what makes communities in both Canada and abroad flourish and experience the most happiness. His research and consulting work in Canada, China and Tahiti into what he calls Genuine Wealth, is providing individuals, businesses and communities with a practical roadmap for achieving a balanced life that optimizes wealth, health and happiness. Mark believes that wellbeing will become the new bottom line of business and communities, and that progress will be measured in terms of genuine happiness. Come explore with Mark how we can design and build vibrant communities with wellbeing in mind.

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Building communities of wellbeing urban systems

  1. 1. Creating VibrantCreating Vibrant CommunitiesCommunities Creating Flourishing Communities of Wellbeing and Happiness Mark Anielski September 17, 2013
  2. 2. Spirit in Service for VibrantSpirit in Service for Vibrant CommunitiesCommunities
  3. 3. Mark Anielski Creating Flourishing Communities of Wellbeing and Happiness
  4. 4. Creating Flourishing Communities of Well-being and Happiness Mark Anielski Co-founder, Genuine Wealth Inc. Author, The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth September 17, 2013
  5. 5. I have a dream..... To co-create economies of well-being. "One can not change an existing system; one must create a new system that makes the old system obsolete" --- Buckminster Fuller
  6. 6. every journey begins with a vision
  7. 7. WellBeing the final frontier
  8. 8. The ‘road map’ to an economy of WellBeing
  9. 9. We are in midst of an asset devolution where wealth is being redefined
  10. 10. Happiness: our common yearning for a flourishing good life Channel Rock, Cortes Island, British Columbia
  11. 11. Thomas Aquinas What is the Good Life?
  12. 12. The purpose of our lives is to be happy. The Bhuddha Happiness results from a good birth, accompanied by a lifetime of good friends, good children, health, wealth and a contented old age...and virtuous activity. (Aristotle)
  13. 13. ecology oikos (household) logia (knowledge) Shuswap Lake, British Columbia A renaissance in economics and business economy oikos (household) nomia (management) We must reclaim the spirit of words
  14. 14. Where I play Jen C.H.O Stephanie care-holder Mark Money Hunter Renee care-holder
  15. 15. Genuine To live authentically To be true to our values
  16. 16. WealthThe conditions of wellbeing
  17. 17. Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…. The Gross National Product (GNP) counts air pollution and cigarette advertising…Yet, GNP does not allow for the health of our children or the joy of their play. IT measures neither our wit, nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning..... GNP, measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” Robert Kennedy March 16, 1968 Measuring What Matters
  18. 18. financial capital Virtues Values
  19. 19. Human Capital Nunavut, Canada (People): Mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing conditions of individuals in an organization that include, health, skills, knowledge, capabilities and aspirations.
  20. 20. Social Capital Relationships, trust and networks amongst and between colleagues, customers, suppliers and friends.
  21. 21. Natural Capital Natural resources (renewable and non-renewable), land, water, air, and ecosystem assets.
  22. 22. Built CapitalBuilt Capital The produced goods -- machinery, equipment, technology, buildings, roads, and patents -- that provide benefits to their owners by helping produce other goods and services.
  23. 23. Financial Capital Money, cash, stocks, bonds, derivatives, and other financial assets (and liabilities).
  24. 24. Happiness (Greek: eudamonia) “well-being of spirit“ A sense of well-being, resulting from achieving excellence in the fulfillment of one's functions. -- Aristotle
  25. 25. 50% Our genes and upbringing The SCIENCE of wellbeing
  26. 26. USA $37,562 GDP per capita Life Satisfaction Index: 7.4 Bhutan $1,969 GDP per capita Life Satisfaction Index: 7.6 10% our wellbeing is related to our income, education, and where we live
  27. 27. 40% of our wellbeing comes from our relationships with others!
  28. 28. What puts a chill on happiness? Loss of spouse Loss of job/work
  29. 29. Which Canadian communities are the happiest?
  30. 30. The Happiest Communities in Canada Canadian average = 4.26 Source: Based on Does Money Matter: Determining the Happiness of Canadians. Canadian Centre for Living Standards. November 2010.
  31. 31. Measuring Returns to Happiness Source: Based on Does Money Matter: Determining the Happiness of Canadians. Canadian Centre for Living Standards. November 2010.
  32. 32. What are the determinants of happiness in Canada? Source: Based on Does Money Matter: Determining the Happiness of Canadians. Canadian Centre for Living Standards. November 2010.
  33. 33. #1. Sense of belonging to local communities (higher in smaller communities, rural areas and Atlantic Canada.) Source: Based on Does Money Matter: Determining the Happiness of Canadians. Quebec has the lowest sense of belonging Nunavut the highest Source: Statistics Canada, Table 105-0501 - Health indicator profile, 2009
  34. 34. Kelsey Cartwright #2. Perceived mental health Source: Based on Does Money Matter: Determining the Happiness of Canadians. Canadian Centre for Living Standards. November 2010. Perceived health, very good or excellent (percent of population) Quebec 61.1 Yukon 59.1 Nova Scotia 59.3 Newfoundland 57.5 Ontario 61.2 Canada 60.5 Alberta 61.4 PEI 61.9 Saskatchewan 58.7 Manitoba 60.2 Nunavut 47 British Columbia 58.6 New Brunswick 55 NWT 51.8
  35. 35. #3. Physical activity level Source: Statistics Canada, Table 105-0501 - Health indicator profile, 2009
  36. 36. Building an Economy of Genuine Wealth ` Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Canada #4. Stress levels Source: Statistics Canada, Table 105-0501 - Health indicator profile, 2009
  37. 37. #5. Being married
  38. 38. #6. Being a recent immigrant
  39. 39. #7. Being unemployed
  40. 40. Building Economies and Businesses of Well-being
  41. 41. Bhutan’s Gross National HappinessBhutan’s New Economic Paradigm based on well-being and happiness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck the fifth Dragon King of Bhutan Prime Minister Jigme Yoser Thinley In Bhutan (a Buddhist kingdom) personal spiritual fulfillment is not just a spiritual pursuit, it is government policy. My role is to help create conditions that will help our people find happiness.
  42. 42. The Genuine Well-being Balance ‘Sheet’ City of Edmonton, 2008 Source: Anielski Management Inc. 2009. The Edmonton 2008 Genuine Progress Indicator Report: The State of Economic, Social and Environmental Wellbeing for the City of Edmonton. Prepared for the City of Edmonton.
  43. 43. Building an Economy of Well-being for Tahiti
  44. 44. A New Balance Sheet City of Leduc Genuine Well-being Index, 2006
  45. 45. Cooperative Economies Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
  46. 46. Businesses with Soul: people and planet before profit Ray Anderson Founder Interface Inc. “Doing well by doing good.” “We have a new vision: to become a leader in industrial ecology by first becoming a sustainable corporation and eventually a restorative enterprise.” (1934-2011)
  47. 47. Personal Genuine Wealth
  48. 48. Individual Wellbeing Household Wellbeing Community Wellbeing Business/Enterprise Wellbeing Flourishing Vibrant Eudamonia Happiness Flourishing Canadian Index of Wellbeing Sustainable Abundance
  49. 49. A successful enterprise knows the assets most important to their success and how to manage and minimize the liabilities or risks to well-being A successful community and enterprise knows the assets most important to their success and how to manage and minimize the liabilities or risks to well- being. A successful enterprise knows the assets most important to their success and how to manage and minimize the liabilities or risks to well-being
  50. 50. Safe Communities Wellbeing, By Design Field, B.C.
  51. 51. Creating VibrantCreating Vibrant CommunitiesCommunities Last lecture: Tuesday October 1 George Cuff Starting Vibrancy at the Top – Local Government Last lecture: Tuesday October 1 George Cuff Starting Vibrancy at the Top – Local Government www.urbansystems.ca

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