Spread a little happiness

When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you. This motto made famous when sung by Louis Armstrong captures the spirit behind the Happy barometer and social campaign "Smile for Vilnius".

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Skills for society

By Julia Laplane, OECD The Universal Declaration of Human rights states that “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Yet, universal education has not been always been associated with such commendable motives.

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Economy of wellbeing: Having it all?

By Sue Kendall-Bilicki  Are economics and wellbeing as unlikely a pair as a fish on a bicycle, or are they as inseparable as Brangelina? How can we ensure that economic growth delivers what people need? These are hardly new questions, but they are attracting renewed attention as many economies struggle to recover [...]

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Making the shift from quantity to quality

By guest author With post-recession growth remaining sluggish, the emerging economies must interrogate the sustainability of their development models and adapt domestic policies to promote inclusive growth and greater social equality. Since the acronym was coined by Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill in 2001, the story of [...]

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Wellbeing and children

By Sue Kendall-Bilicki, OECD When we think about improving wellbeing, the tendency is to focus on adults rather than children. This seems logical given that children are generally dependent on adults, who are responsible for putting a roof over their heads, feeding and clothing them and taking care of their health [...]

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