HOW CAN WE CONTRIBUTE TO HAPPINESS AND WELLBEING?
|Chair: Professor Lord Richard Layard, LSE|
|10.00||Chairman's opening address:|
How can we be happier?
Professor Lord Richard Layard, founder and Director of LSE's Centre for Economic Performance, and author of 'Happiness: Lessons from a New Science'
Why is wellbeing an important topic for central and local government?
Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (invited)
|10.40||The Local Wellbeing Project|
Geoff Mulgan, Director, Young Foundation
|11.00||Questions and answers|
Refreshments and optional relaxation session (chair yoga)
|Focus: Local Wellbeing Big Initiatives
Chair: Caroline Tapster, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire County Council
|12.00||Promoting emotional resilience among 11-13 year olds. Can young people be educated to be happy?|
Dr Martin Seligman, Director of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Centre, and founder of Positive Psychology
|12.30||Promoting emotional resilience to older people. Feeling better in later life!|
Dr Chris Williams, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Glasgow and author of 'Living Life to the Full'
Diana Whitworth, consultant
|12.50||Young People's progress through 16-19 year old transition – guaranteed apprenticeships|
Irene Lucas, Chief Executive, South Tyneside Council
Dr Ian Johnston, Apprenticeships Project Leader, Local Wellbeing Project
|1.10||Questions and discussion – interactive panel session|
Lunch and optional relaxation session (tai chi)
|Focus: Local Wellbeing Underpinning Themes
|2.15||How can we really measure wellbeing?|
Professor Paul Dolan, Professor of Economics at Tanaka Business School, Imperial College
Nicola Steuer, Head of nef's Centre for Wellbeing, New Economics Foundation
Neighbourhood and community empowerment: does it really make us happy?
Win:win situation. Parenting programmes and wellbeing
Ruth Townsley, consultant (invited)
local authority case studies (invited)
Refreshments and optional relaxation session (laughing therapy)
|Debate and discussion
Chair: Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive, Turning Point
|3.30||'This House believes local government has no business trying to make people happy'
|Chair: Lucy de Groot, Executive Director, IDeA|
|4.30||Keynote closing address:|
Summing up and moving forward
Rt Hon James Purnell MP, Secretary of State for Department of Work and Pensions
Final relaxation session (visualisation / meditation)