Friday 7 August at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Professor Arthur Grimes, Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.
Cost – $5 per person.
The New Zealand government has placed great store on a “wellbeing approach to policy”. In this talk I review antecedents of this approach stretching back to the enlightenment (and before). I then examine two modern approaches to wellbeing policy – based on concepts of subjective wellbeing and on capabilities. I explore the application of these ideas across a range of the social sciences including economics, sociology and psychology. A range of evidence indicates that an approach to policy based on measured subjective wellbeing has considerable merit. Findings from the literature are being used to formulate wellbeing-oriented public policies across a number of countries and, to close, I briefly review the success or otherwise of these explicit wellbeing-based policy approaches.