Reimagining ‘Quality of Life’ and ‘Social Wellbeing’

From June to October 2021, University of Newcastle (UoN) and NENA will be hosting monthly online workshops that invite guest speakers and participants to explore, challenge and re-define the concepts of ‘quality of life’ and ‘social wellbeing’ in Australia.

You are invited to join one or more of our workshops, to listen to thought-provoking guest speakers, join the discussions and share your views. This webinar series is part of the UoN research project: “Reimagining Quality of Life Post-COVID”, funded by the UON College of Human and Social Futures and hosted by the Alternative Futures Research Hub (AFRHub).

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP SERIES

People have been thinking about, describing, and striving for ‘the good life’ or ‘quality of life’ for millennia. Since the 1950s, the concept of gross domestic product (GDP) has dominated discussions about economic progress and economic growth by nation states, and narrow concepts around income and financial value have come to dominate individual notions of worth and wealth. However the past few decades have seen a rising movement of people trying to describe and define ‘wellbeing’ and ‘quality of life’ in alternative ways – challenging the dominant capitalist and financial growth mode of thinking and building policy.

This workshop series seeks to share information about different perspectives and stimulate discussion on these topics. The workshops are part of a larger project that invites individuals and organisations within the NENA network to share their ideas about how to define ‘quality of life’ and wellbeing in 21st Century Australia.

WORKSHOP FORMAT

In each online workshop, guest speakers will present their views on how quality of life and social wellbeing can be defined and then offer provocations on the subject, to stimulate thinking and discussions. Participants will then be invited in real time, to share their ideas and experiences.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: events@neweconomy.org.au

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WORKSHOP RECORDINGS

14 JULY 2021 - "INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE"

23 JUNE 2021 - "RETHINKING WELLBEING"

GUEST SPEAKERS

  • Dr Michelle Maloney (NENA) and Dr Hamed Hosseini (UON) - An introduction to the 'Reimagining Quality of Life' project
  • Dr Michelle Maloney (NENA) - "Are wellbeing economics a viable alternative to capitalism?"
  • Dr Hamed Hosseini (UON) - “From Wellbeing to Well-Living: On the urgency of an inclusive approach to Quality of Life”
  • Ms Shelley McGrath (UON) - “Reimagining social change through connection”