Founded in 2010, it is a small UK charity with a big mission: to make what matters count. It 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 is now working with organisations large and small from the public, private and community sector, right around the UK. It has received interest in its work from around the world.
-Many of the greatest global challenges have, at their roots, the (mistaken) idea that the way to individual happiness or the mark of societal progress is a growth in consumption and wealth.
-Real lasting happiness and wellbeing depends depends on on many things including the provision of the basic needs; the quality of its relationships, supportive and active communities, opportunities to engage and be valued, the long term quality of the environment.
-Individually and collectively there are many things it can do to develop lasting happiness and community resilience that don’t cost the earth (financially or environmentally).
-Money and the measurement of economic growth are only tools. They are means not ends and must be used as enablers, not the drivers, of society.
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