Upcoming Events

Well-being Seminar

Thursday 2 June 2011

"Well-Being Reconsidered: Free Traits, Personal Projects and the Happiness of Pursuit"

Brian Little
Distinguished Scholar in the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology,
Cambridge University, and Professor Emeritus at Carleton University, Canada, with
former positions at Oxford, McGill and Harvard Universities

The Big Five personality dimensions are important in understanding organisational life. This talk challenges the notion of fixed traits of personality and proposes an alternative view that highlights the importance of free traits in our personal and professional lives. Free traits, which advance our core personal projects, may enhance our well-being and the prosperity of our institutions. But unless managed well, they can also bring us to our knees.

Darwin College
University of Cambridge
4.30-5.30 p.m.
Followed by wine and nibbles
All interested are welcome


International Event in Australia

Sunday 3 August 2011

"Global Developments in Wellbeing"

Felicia Huppert
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge

St. Peter's College
7:00 p.m.
To register or download the full program click here. Bookings are essential as places are limited.


Past Events

Well-being Seminar

Tuesday 17 May 2011

"The impact of the economic crisis on happiness and well-being"

Dora Gudmundsdottir
Visiting Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge University and
former Director of Public Health in Iceland

Imagine an experiment where a population is placed on an island, their banks and economy collapse, and the results on their lives are observed. This describes the situation in Iceland, where the island population's happiness and well-being were measured before, during and after the economic crisis. The talk documents the changes which took place, including the individual and social factors which led either to mental distress or to resilience.

Darwin College
University of Cambridge
4.30-5.30 p.m.
Followed by wine and nibbles
All interested are welcome


Measuring National Well-Being - What Matters to You?
Judge Business School and the Well-Being Institute, University of Cambridge are pleased to host a debate on the measurement of national well-being on behalf of the Office for National Statistics, to take place at:
Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Wednesday 23rd March, 2011
6.00 - 7.30 Debate
7.30 Drinks Reception

The Office for National Statistics is developing a set of measures of national well-being to complement economic measures - such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - that until now have underpinned evaluations of 'how the UK is doing'. The National Statistician has accordingly launched a nationwide debate with the aim of understanding the dimensions and key features of national well-being - or, more simply, determining what things matter to people. The Cambridge event will take the form of a 'Question Time' debate, chaired by the BBC's Claudia Hammond. Panellists will be:

-Jen Beaumont, Social Trends Branch Head, Office for National Statistics
-Andrew Gamble, Professor of Politics, Head of Department of Politics and International Studies & Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge
-David Halpern, Director, Behavioural Insights Team, Cabinet Office
-Felicia Huppert, Professor of Psychology & Director of the Well-Being Institute, University of Cambridge
-Simon Learmount, Director of the Executive MBA, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
-Nic Marks, Founder of the Centre for Well-Being, Fellow at the New Economics Foundation

This is a public event for which you can register at http://www.whatmatterstoyou.eventbrite.com. You are warmly encouraged to contribute your views and ideas as part of the national debate. You can either submit questions in advance when registering or raise issues from the floor. Please note there is very limited parking at the venue.

The debate and reception is being sponsored by the Cambridge Executive MBA programme.
Join the debate: http://www.ons.gov.uk/well-being
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Find the latest data on the economy and society at National Statistics: http://www.ons.gov.uk

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