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Happiness & the City:
The promise of well-being policies
Jasper Bergink
Blogger and happiness researcher
Erasmus Universit...
About me
Agenda for today
• Well-being policies are the great promise of
our times (approx. 30 min. including your
questions)
• Cas...
Well-being policies are the great
promise of our times
• Data for well-being policies are available
Large amounts of data ...
Happiness is all about statistics!
• Happiness is personal, quality of life is
measurable
• Term ‘Beyond GDP’ refers to ef...
The World Happiness Report is the
leading alternative for GDP
• Generic and high level data
• Six explaining variables: GD...
Who’s the best of the Benelux?
In Bhutan, happiness is a public task
• Gross National Happiness underpins
government policy – in theory
• Concept with so...
Who’s the best of the Benelux?
OECD provides good screening tool
• Better Life Index uses dashboard approach
• Data allows comparison between countries o...
OECD: Brussels
OECD: South-Holland
The SPI goes to the next level
• The Social Progress Index has a more in-depth
approach then the OECD (50 vs 9 indicators)...
Data need a narrative
• Regional and local governments can achieve
most in developing policies or ‘interventions’
• Many l...
Case studies - explanation
• What would you advise the mayor to do to improve
well-being in the city?
• Groups of around f...
Case studies - feedback
• Case study A: New York
Case studies - feedback
• Case study B: Utrecht
• Case study C: Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
• Case study D: London
• Case stud...
Fulfill the promise of
well-being policies
• Reshape high-level policy objectives
Inequality-adjusted growth as a goal?
• ...
Thank you
www.forastateofhappiness.com
jasper@forastateofhappiness.com
Twitter: @jbergink
For a state of happiness presentation 10 march 2017
For a state of happiness presentation 10 march 2017
For a state of happiness presentation 10 march 2017
For a state of happiness presentation 10 march 2017
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Lecture slides on urban development, wealth and well-being for students from Erasmus University Rotterdam, 10 March 2017. Presented by Jasper Bergink of For A State of Happiness

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For a state of happiness presentation 10 march 2017

  1. 1. Happiness & the City: The promise of well-being policies Jasper Bergink Blogger and happiness researcher Erasmus University visit, Brussels, 10 March 2017 jasper@forastateofhappiness.com www.forastateofhappiness.com
  2. 2. About me
  3. 3. Agenda for today • Well-being policies are the great promise of our times (approx. 30 min. including your questions) • Case-study: how would you shape policies to enhance well-being in the city (approx. 20 min.)
  4. 4. Well-being policies are the great promise of our times • Data for well-being policies are available Large amounts of data on happiness exist • Global and EU governments should play a role… Collecting data ‘beyond GDP’ is necessary • …but the real difference is made at local level Attention for well-being improves social, environmental and health policy
  5. 5. Happiness is all about statistics! • Happiness is personal, quality of life is measurable • Term ‘Beyond GDP’ refers to efforts to go beyond economic data in analysis and policy formulation • Alternative indicators focus on what GDP misses
  6. 6. The World Happiness Report is the leading alternative for GDP • Generic and high level data • Six explaining variables: GDP; social support, healthy life expectancy; freedom; generosity; corruption • Northern Europe and Switzerland top the list
  7. 7. Who’s the best of the Benelux?
  8. 8. In Bhutan, happiness is a public task • Gross National Happiness underpins government policy – in theory • Concept with some methodological flaws – Mix of objective and subjective criteria; sufficiency targets; group of ‘narrowly happy’ • Practical implementation is limited – Screening tool not systematically used; GNH means different things for different policy-makers
  9. 9. Who’s the best of the Benelux?
  10. 10. OECD provides good screening tool • Better Life Index uses dashboard approach • Data allows comparison between countries or regions • Comparison useful to assess strengths and weaknesses
  11. 11. OECD: Brussels
  12. 12. OECD: South-Holland
  13. 13. The SPI goes to the next level • The Social Progress Index has a more in-depth approach then the OECD (50 vs 9 indicators) • Strong emphasis on social and environmental indicators • Comparison relative to regions with similar GDP per capita!
  14. 14. Data need a narrative • Regional and local governments can achieve most in developing policies or ‘interventions’ • Many local, regional and sectoral initiatives – ‘Happiness budget’ (Almelo, Netherlands) – Jacksonville Community Indicators (Florida, US) – ‘Five ways of well-being’
  15. 15. Case studies - explanation • What would you advise the mayor to do to improve well-being in the city? • Groups of around four people; approx. 10 minutes for discussion • Start with one of the case studies; feel free to do a second if there is time • Appoint one person to present results to the group
  16. 16. Case studies - feedback • Case study A: New York
  17. 17. Case studies - feedback • Case study B: Utrecht • Case study C: Apeldoorn (Netherlands) • Case study D: London • Case study E: Sittard (Netherlands)
  18. 18. Fulfill the promise of well-being policies • Reshape high-level policy objectives Inequality-adjusted growth as a goal? • Monitor and benchmark performance Use collected ‘beyond GDP’ is necessary • Make the difference on the local level Social, environmental and health policies are in development
  19. 19. Thank you www.forastateofhappiness.com jasper@forastateofhappiness.com Twitter: @jbergink

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