The Wellbeing Summit, hosted by the city of Bilbao in Spain, brought together over 1000 global social change makers, governmental, arts, and business leaders from over 80 countries to advance individual and collective wellbeing for those working on the front lines of social change.
The three-day summit consisted of ground-breaking talks, conversations and panel discussions highlighting the connections between individual, organizational and societal wellbeing which is at the core of the GD practice. In partnership with over 80 artists and arts organizations, art has been uniquely interwoven at the heart of this gathering and the city to play an integral role in the development of a new language for inner wellbeing, essential for social transformation.
Barbara Bulc shared findings from an ongoing research, stewarded by a non-profit SDG CoLab, working with cities to improve youth wellbeing. A recently published study Activating Values in Urban Transitions: A novel approach to urban innovation in Romania documents the co-creation of OurCluj, a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary living laboratory focused on wellbeing. Traditionally, living laboratories are innovation clusters, housed within city government, that seek to address policy issues such as housing, education, etc. OurCluj is different because its goal is not progress on a single policy, but on the values that guide innovation itself. Prioritizing these values is a requirement for creating policies and programs that are optimized for outcomes such as enhanced well-being of the city’s young residents.The study concludes with 10 design recommendations for practitioners to catalyze a values-based urban living laboratory (VBULL) in their spaces. It is complemented with a reflective activity with full-colored artistic posters to imagine alternative frames for urban innovation and communities.
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