This morning the Office for National Statistics published its first findings from the national wellbeing index. The prominence of this index marks a significant shift in the value we place on, and indeed the way we measure, social progress. This is an important first attempt at moving away from understanding social progress in material terms to take a broader account of the attributes that add up to life satisfaction.Find out more
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Family and Kinship in East London, 1957
It’s two in the afternoon on Poya Day or Full Moon Day in Sri Lanka, thirty one degree heat, and I am surrounded by children’s laughter and constant chatter. We are circling the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna district, studiously taking photos of the things we think... Find out more
The Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, which commemorates the victims and survivors of Leningrad greeted my arrival to the Park Inn Hotel, the venue for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Annual Healthy Cities Conference. The view of the memorial lent a sense of drama and grandeur to proceedings. Inside the hotel, delegates from... Find out more
The long awaited release of the first analysis of the ONS’s wellbeing data has confirmed what we have regularly highlighted – that ‘the amount and quality of social connections with people around us are an essential part of our wellbeing. The importance of relationships for an individual’s wellbeing as well as for society more generally... Find out more
When faced with a ‘grey tsunami’ should we try to run, or get out our Malibu boards? Looking round the room on our first day of Full of Life volunteer training in Lambeth, it isn’t clear how the day will go. Everyone seems to have come from very different walks of life and I worry... Find out more
Today should, in my humble view, go down as a momentous day in UK history. The Office for National Statistics has published the very first official results from its new programme to measure our national wellbeing. The announcement has been rather low-key and the data is only based on a very small sample (4,200 adults)... Find out more
A recent report by the King’s Fund suggests that there will be a social care funding gap of £1 billion by 2014 unless councils can achieve unprecedented efficiency savings. The impact of the funding gap could have a knock on effect on the NHS with cuts to frontline social care services leading to fewer people... Find out more