WE-Africa-Labs

WE-Africa: action research network for a well-being economy in Africa

WE-Africa-LabsWE-Africa is an alliance of likeminded scholars and practitioners who share a common concern about the current socio-economic conditions in which we live and are willing to work together to promote a transition to a wellbeing-based economy for Africa. It is an action-research network, which aims to consolidate evidence for change while focusing on building a new economy and promoting alternative development policies.

Visit the website of the network

Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

The Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0 is a joint learning and action platform hosted by the Boston-based Presencing Institute, Germany’s GIZ Global Leadership Academy, and the Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan. The three institutions previously convened the first Global Wellbeing and GNH Lab (Lab 1.0), which began in January 2013 and continued until early 2015.
GovInn is taking part in the Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0.

Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Lab 2.0 convenes regional clusters of innovators from business, government, and civil society whose work aims to shift institutions beyond the pursuit of narrowly measured parameters of success  (such as profit or growth) to broader aims that translate into sustainable wellbeing for our societies and the environment.

The Lab is primarily geared toward experiential learning and action, through which participants can expect to explore questions such as:
• What new opportunities are emerging as a result of the growing critique of our current GDP based economic paradigm?
• How are governments, businesses, and social entrepreneurs defining new ways of measuring progress and prosperity?
• How can these be used as leverage points for shifting public policy in ways that chart a more sustainable and equitable trajectory for our future?
• And how can developing countries chart a path to meaningful, balanced economic growth that places sustainability, equity and wellbeing at the heart of their development strategies?

When: The Lab 2.0 launches with a 2-day workshop in Berlin from 3 – 4 February 2015


 

History of the Global Wellbeing Lab
The first Global Wellbeing Lab 1.0 (2013-2014) invited the participation of 24 lead innovators from eight countries around the globe, working in fields spanning progress indicators, new economic models, and systems transformation. This Lab generated cross-sector prototype projects that are currently unfolding in Brazil, Bhutan, India and the USA.

Some observations from Lab 1.0:

“[The Lab] has made me realize that true system transformation really starts with individuals, that the ability to transform the economy or transform our healthcare system ultimately depends on the ability and willingness of the individuals within a system to transform themselves; to look at things differently; to act in accordance with their values.” – Governor John Kitzhaber, State of Oregon, USA

“We are living in uncertain times, but one truth has emerged as an organizing principle for this era: interdependence. We are all in this together. New systems conditions require new leadership capacities — and this is a shift that revolves around an awakening of planetary consciousness. We believe that we cannot build a new economy without tapping into a deeper level of our humanity, of who we really are, starting with our personal journey driving who we want to be as a society.” – Marcelo Cardoso, Senior Vice President, Grupo Fleury, Brazil


Partners: Presencing Institute, Germany’s GIZ Global Leadership Academy,  Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan.

Funding: GIZ Global Leadership Academy

Beyond GDP in Africa

Change

There is a clear need to go beyond GDP in Africa, with a view to identifying new indicators that take into account the interplay between human, social and ecological well-being. This project builds on international networks of GDP reformers to build capacity in Africa for a post-GDP transition. It includes workshops, high-level talks and public events with leading practitioners and academics. The applications of the results are mainly targeted at the Southern African region.

Funding: Department of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa

Workshop: Beyond GDP in Africa, Pretoria, October 2014
Read and download the  Workshop Final Statement