The search for a better life?

An international organization, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has been touting its Better Life Initiative for some time now.

Some of the aspects of their effort are similar to what New Richmond’s Vitality Initiative is trying to accomplish. A person can go on their website and take a look at the index that they’ve developed. It rather enlightening.

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This project is quite different than our Vitality Initiative but I still found some of their concepts interesting. I attach my summary of their concept.

According to their website:

“There’s been a lot of debate lately on measuring the well-being of societies – is wealth all that matters, or should we be looking at other things, like the balance between work and the rest of our lives? The Index aims to involve citizens in this debate, and to empower them to become more informed and engaged in the policy-making process that shapes all our lives.”

The OECD has helped governments design better policies for better lives for their citizens since 1961. In recent years they’ve taken it upon themselves to try and measure the well-being of countries and peoples.

Among the factors that contribute to well-being? Material living conditions (housing, income, jobs) are important, as well as quality of life concerns (community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance).

What interesting about the website and the index, users can put in their own “values” for each factor (depending on how they would rank in your own judgement) and the overall value will be computed for various countries. It’s an interesting exercise if you have a few moments.

We think New Richmond would rank well under such an index measure, but with the Vitality Initiative we hope to rise in the ranking even more, especially as it relates to health, life satisfaction, community building and life balance. We hope you will join us on the journey over the next year.