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A BLUEPRINT FOR THE ‘GREAT RESET’

NEW BOOK: What we can do to create a world where we can ALL flourish

Why this book matters:

·        The global pandemic has brought added urgency and a unique opportunity for the world to make the World Economic Forum's ‘great reset’ a reality

·        How do we make sure this ‘great reset’ happens in the best possible way and results in a world where everyone can live well and thrive?

·        Creating the World We Want to Live In provides a holistic blueprint for everything.  From the way we live and work – raise and educate our children through to our political, environmental and economic structures. This is a great moment for change.

·        The work of eminent, international researchers and experienced practitioners this timely and important book offers evidence based, real world solutions that show how possible Creating the World We Want to Live In could be.

The timing of this book could not be more perfect. It’s a book about hope and a call to action to make the world the kind of place we want to live in.

Creating the World We Want to Live In challenges long-held beliefs and ideologies about the way the world works and the people in that world. Weaving together the latest well-being science with accessible stories of hope, it offers a blueprint of what works to create flourishing lives and communities.

The unique collective of authors are experts and practitioners in positive psychology and leaders in their respective fields. Together they have created an optimistic vision for a world that would work for everyone.

The book is in three parts.

1. What makes for a good life?

With chapters on childhood, education, work and ageing, topics include: how we raise children to not only be happy and healthy but also care for the planet and each other, the need for a radical overhaul of education in what children are taught and how, workplaces that motivate people to give of their best, and factors that contribute to wellbeing in our later years.

2. The foundations of everyday flourishing

From our relationships to our health, community and leisure the authors take a look at the key ingredients for a life worth living. They provide insights on creating positive relationships, improving health and wellbeing for all and building resilient communities, as well as exploring the value of leisure to our wellbeing and examples from other countries of what is working well.

3. The world around us

It is easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed, by the information coming at us 24/7, by political processes over which we have little control, or by an economy that encourages increasing inequality as the world’s richest get richer and most scrape by day to day.

Creating the World We Want to Live In shows how it doesn’t have to be like this. The pandemic has shown us that at an individual and community level we can work together, help each other, and take action to promote change.

The authors explore different political models and the powerful potential of ‘positive politics’ built around honest information sharing and effective public consultation and involvement in key decision making.

Creating the World We Want to Live In is both ambitious and aspirational. It is an essential read for anyone involved in public policy and politics or who would simply like to help create positive change in the world, their institutions or communities.

Creating the World We Want to Live In, by Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Dóra Guðmundsdóttir, Felicia Huppert, Vanessa King, David Roffey, Sue Roffey, Marten de Vries, is published by Routledge, £19.99

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