Often when we design policies, projects and initiatives we think we need something new or innovative that doesn’t already exist. The final wellbeing design principle gives an alternate view, that we can find innovative solutions by building on what’s already working in the communities we are partnering with.
The Justice, Health & Democracy Impact Initiative (JHD) at Harvard University’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics is helping local and federal leaders create a more inclusive economy by centering economic dignity and equitable wellbeing in the public policy process.
Through their collaborative partnerships, JHD encourages government officials to start with what matters – wellbeing – and activate economic dignity to build assets and innovation within communities. By cultivating new structures for widespread ownership and demonstrating grassroots approaches to community wealth building, JHD uses ethical principles as the foundation for cooperatively designing a world where the structure of the economy does not exclude anyone from being able to create, care for those they love, or be individually and collectively whole.
The Greater Sum Foundation supports early-stage nonprofits that are doing innovative and scalable work with funding, tools, connections and assistance – all through a wellbeing-oriented approach. The Greater Sum Foundation embodies Principle 6, while at the same time supporting nonprofits who are also putting this wellbeing design principle into practice.
The Greater Sum Foundation’s 6-week nonprofit incubators encourage innovation and asset building. Designed for leaders of early-stage nonprofits, incubators make it easier for nonprofits to learn from each other and grow together. Through weekly peer discussions, participants have the opportunity to build their networks and expand knowledge of local resources. Nonprofits that have completed the incubator include Respond Crisis Translation, Start Lighthouse and Brain Education Strategies & Technology.
The Greater Sum Foundation also includes the Wellbeing Blueprint in grant reviewer training to prioritize funding for organizations that are tapping into people’s drive for wellbeing.
Need help moving from frameworks to implementation when it comes to designing for wellbeing? Our partners FRESH New London, Massachusetts Women of Color Network, The Right Question Institute and USC’s Keck School of Medicine share how they implement wellbeing design principles in the replay of our latest webinar.
How can governments and systems tackle systemic problems? One opportunity is to change the procurement process to shift how funding reaches individuals and communities. Our toolkit can help you create change within your system.
Is it any surprise there is a trust gap between philanthropy and community? A paradigm shift is needed to heal harms and bring transformative results. We believe the Community Bill of Rights can bring this shift.
These guiding questions are meant to help you apply the wellbeing design principles to your work to create lasting and equitable change. The questions are also good starting places for conversations with colleagues about how your work aligns, or could align more, with the principle.
Start by asking, do we: