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Using Wellbeing as Success vs GDP, following New Zealand's lead

June 25, 2020 6:30 PM

Wellbeing Recovery: Using Wellbeing as Success vs GDP, following New Zealand's lead

2020 GLD virtual conference logo (Jason Billin)Speakers: Prof Emmy van Deurzen and Jane Brophy

We were going to have Jane Brophy in the Chair this evening, but she has kindly agreed to be one of our speakers for the event and GLD Chair, Keith Melton is stepping into the co-host role with Kevin Daws. Jane will bring her experience as one of our (sadly short-lived!) MEPs to the session, alongside Professor Emmy van Deurzen, whose area of research is into wellbeing, particularly from a mental health viewpoint.

Liberal Democrats (and the Liberal Party before that) have long held the view that GDP is a totally inadequate measure for Jacinda Ahern (Jacinda Ahern - Wikipedia)assessing the health and prosperity of a country, including, as it does, the proceeds of crime and the huge costs of waste disposal, boosted by a profligate society. One country in particular has recently made considerable progress in checking out other elements to discern whether Goverment spending has been good value or not in terms of making lives better in the economy. For a quick look at what Jacinda Ardern is doing in New Zealand about incorporating "Wellbeing" into the forefront of Government policy making, check out this short video of her being interviewed at the 2019 World Economic Forum.

Emmy van Deurzen (Emmy van Deurzen)Prof Emmy van Deurzen is a counselling psychologist, psychotherapist and philosopher who is a world authority on existential psychotherapy and who established existential therapy in the United Kingdom. She founded, directed and developed both Regent's College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London. She has been Professor of Psychotherapy with Regent's College, Schiller International University, Honorary Professor with the University of Sheffield and is currently Visiting Professor with Middlesex University, for whom she directs two masters and two doctoral programmes at NSPC.

Emmy founded the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and its Journal Existential Analysis in 1988 and co-founded the International Collaborative of Existential Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ICECAP) in 2006. She was the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Jane Brophy (Jane Brophy)Councillor Jane Brophy has never lost her council seat representing Timperley Ward for around 20 years in Trafford, Greater Manchester. She was one of the first councillor `trees champions` for the Woodland Trust. Jane is also an NHS Health Professional working in the field of diabetes education. She was part of the Lib Dem Leadership Programme of Parliamentary Candidates and by-election candidate in 2015. She is an environmental campaigner and long-standing Green Liberal Democrat Executive member.

She was elected MEP for the North West in May 2019 and became part of our very successful team of 16 MEPs all of whom have sadly lost their seats to the stupidity of Brexit. Jane sat on the European committee dealing with Brazil, which is going through a torrid time with Covid19 and will need a large portion of wellbeing to emerge in a reasonable state. She loves nature, running, music and occasionally plays the clarinet - even more so since lock-down! And Jane is Mum to three adult children.

Chairs: Keith Melton and Kevin Daws
Moderators: Diana Catton
and Geoff Harvey


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