Global Wellbeing Lab

About the lab

The Global Wellbeing Lab is a joint learning and action platform hosted by the Boston-based Presencing Institute, the Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan and Germany’s GIZ Global Leadership Academy, the latter commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The three institutions previously convened the first Global Wellbeing and GNH Lab (Lab 1.0), which began in January 2013 and continues until February 2015.

This second lab (lab 2.0) is starting in February 2015 and will leverage the prototypes (pilot projects), experiences, and networks developed during the first lab. It will focus on issues related to wellbeing and innovating ‘beyond GDP’, and will facilitate peer-to-peer exchange between participants from both generations of labs.

About this blog

We will continuously document and communicate progress, learnings and challenges throughout the lab-process on this blog. Participants and the lab team will share insights that arise throughout the process. We are also inviting participants from the first Global Wellbeing and GNH Lab to contribute with their stories and share the results of the prototypes they have developed in the lab.

Observations from previous lab participants

“[The lab] has made me realize that true system transformation really starts with individuals, that the ability to transform the economy or transform our healthcare system ultimately depends on the ability and willingness of the individuals within a system to transform themselves; to look at things differently; to act in accordance with their values.”
– Governor John Kitzhaber, State of Oregon, USA

“We are living in uncertain times, but one truth has emerged as an organizing principle for this era: interdependence. We are all in this together. New systems conditions require new leadership capacities — and this is a shift that revolves around an awakening of planetary consciousness. We believe that we cannot build a new economy without tapping into a deeper level of our humanity, of who we really are starting with our personal journey driving who we want to be as a society.”
– Marcelo Cardoso, Senior Vice President, Grupo Fleury, Brazil

For further information on the Global Wellbeing Lab, please contact

David Graf
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Global Leadership Academy
Eschborn, Germany

Marian Goodman
Presencing Institute
Cape Town
South Africa

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