Archive for 'nef'

The Prevention Papers: upstream investment and early action to prevent harm »

Anna Coote discusses the prevention of social, environmental and economic harm through policy-making and practice - the subject of the recent series of Prevention Papers commissioned by nef.

What’s good for the environment is good for us »

Waste Watch's first set of social outcomes from across its 2012 work programme demonstrates how the environmentally focused projects have additionally enabled benefits to the wellbeing of people taking part.

The Happy Planet Index: Measuring what matters »

Juliet Michaelson of nef considers the findings of the latest Happy Planet Index in the context of discussion of alternative approaches to measuring economies at the forthcoming Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

Resources round-up: climate factsheets, green procurement, policy database, wellbeing evidence, standards »

The SDRN highlights new online resources: climate factsheets for communicators; European uptake of green public procurement; database of policies and measures; wellbeing evidence for policy; standards for change?

Moments of change »

A recent Defra-commissioned study - ‘Moments of change’ as opportunities for influencing behaviour - examines a wide range of opportunities - from parenthood to global financial crisis - for encouraging individual behaviour change.

Public-social partnerships guidance and benefits of co-production »

The Scottish Government has published new guidance on ensuring local services are better designed and built around people and local communities; a new report from nef examines the benefits of co-production.

Food publications round-up: global food, food issues census, food security, school food »

The SDRN highlights new research publications in sustainable development, with a focus on food: Oxfam on the global food system; the 2011 food issues census; food security, nutrition and sustainability; school meal procurement.

Wellbeing, sustainability and local government »

Laura Stoll and Juliet Michaelson of the New Economics Foundation consider how well-being is linked to sustainability: "there is no point performing well today, if that’s going to lead to societal collapse tomorrow".

The Role of Local Government in Promoting Wellbeing »

A new report from the New Economics Foundation argues that the promotion of wellbeing is central to the aims of local government: supporting a better life for people and building resilient communities, now and in the longer term.

Publications round-up: co-production, urban design, sustainable lifestyles, rural communities »

The SDRN highlights recent publications: co-production for better public services; working across boundaries in large scale urban design; encouraging sustainability in everyday lives; sustainable rural communities.