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Measuring what we treasure: what if human contentment shaped policy making? From Positive News
Alternatives to GDP on BBC Talking Business with Aaron Heslehurst
Last year’s Thriving Places Index was covered by journalists across the country both on the day of the launch and in the months following. Regional coverage included Devon Live, the Bristol Post and Bristol 24/7, the Bath Chronicle, the Surrey Advertiser, the Midlands’ Express & Star, the Leicester Mercury and the Newcastle Chronicle amongst others. The Index was also covered in several local government publications including Public Finance and LocalGov.
The Thriving Places Index is a new way to look at the strengths and challenges of the place where you live. It shows whether the conditions are in place for people to thrive - in a fair and sustainable way. Created by Happy City, it is designed to provide a robust reporting framework that shows the conditions for wellbeing at a local level. It radically challenges the current paradigm that defines progress by purely economic and financial means.
The Thriving Places Index consists of two indexes (Thriving Places England and Thriving Places Wales respectively) comprised of indicators from datasets produced by established national data agencies such as the ONS, Public Health England, the National Survey for Wales and the Index of Multiple Deprivation.
All indicators are chosen to represent the drivers of wellbeing – factors which are known to improve people’s wellbeing now and in the long term. These indicators are assessed against three main categories - local conditions, equality and sustainability to give a comprehensive picture of how each local authority area is doing at creating a thriving place to live.
Created by Happy City, the Thriving Places Index is designed to create a powerful alternative narrative that cuts across traditional economic analysis.
Founded in 2010, we are a small UK charity with a big mission: to ‘make what matters count’. Happy City offers a place-based model of change that puts the wellbeing of current and future generations centre stage. It does this by developing new measures of progress and delivering training, projects and campaigns to help embed them into how places work. Based in Bristol, Happy City works with organisations large and small from the public, private and community sector, right around the UK. Check out our main site www.happycity.org.uk