The Future of Wellbeing

At NCVO's annual conference, Foresight ran a session looking at the Future of Wellbeing.

Great session, stimulating and engaging topic, interactive session with a good balance between academic input and practitioner experience.

Speaker 1

Professor Allister McGregor (from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex) kicked off with his thoughts on 'Does Wellbeing have a future?'

Speaker 2

Nic Marks, founder of the centre for wellbeing at NEF. Download his presentation on the Five Ways to Wellbeing (pdf 2434 kb)

Speaker 3

Jeff Walker, Wellbeing Programme Manager, Mind put a practical spin on things, talking about what MIND organisations across the country have been doing to incorporate wellbeing into their work. Download his presentation.(pdf 1202kb)


Richard Walsh, Fellow, SAMI

really stimulating topic with a great mix of speakers and good facilitator.



The delegates spent some time together talking round the question ‘If you could meet an oracle who could see the future what would you most like to know about the future of well-being in 5 years’ time?’. Richard Walsh, the chair, recommended this as a good way to get people thinking in a 'futures' mindset, so if you're running your own futures workshop or event, bear this in mind!

The oracle question prompted some good responses on the 23rd, (apart from the odd curve ball like 'who will have won the world cup?'). Some of the questions were:

  • What impact does the digital society have on wellbeing?
  • How will we measure happy years?
  • Can inequality be eliminated?

If you'd like to see the full list, to kick start your thinking about this subject, it can be downloaded here. (pdf 33kb).

If you have other questions, then you can submit them to us and we'll send them onto the speakers for you.

Last updated at 10:37 Thu 11/Mar/10.


How will this affect your organisation? Have you considered it during your strategic planning? Can you share any interesting relevant links?

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