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The Local Wellbeing Conference 2008 - 9 September


Local Wellbeing Conference

This ground-breaking conference will showcase the work of the Local Wellbeing Project, an unrivalled three year initiative jointly led by the Young Foundation, the Improvement and Development Agency and Professor Lord Richard Layard, from the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance. The project is aimed at testing out practical ways of improving public wellbeing in three very different areas of the UK – Hertfordshire, Manchester and South Tyneside. This work remains the most comprehensive exercise to date on public policy from a wellbeing perspective

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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'
10.20 Keynote address:
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

Break-out sessions

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?
Manny Hothi, Associate, Young Foundation
Professor Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy and Deputy Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE
Dave Barlow, Manchester City Council (invited)

Win:win situation. Parenting programmes and wellbeing
Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Chair of Public Health, Warwick University Medical School
South Tyneside parenting group (invited)

Sustainability and wellbeing: how can we achieve both?
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'

Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas and journalist
Paul Ormerod, economist and author of "Why Most Things Fail…And how to avoid it"

Geoff Mulgan, Director, Young Foundation
Sir Richard Leese CBE, Leader, Manchester City Council

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)








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