Category Archives: Well-being (Numerator)

Be kinder than necessary, everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

A touching video on compassion.

Reflections on my first summer at Troy Gardens Cohousing

Since moving to Troy Gardens Cohousing Community last November (2013), many people have asked me what is cohousing and what does it actually look like. I’ve spent some time trying to process my own experience of living here and to communicate why cohousing is an important option.

Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act

Under the pre-affordable-care-act “system”, a child who gets leukemia had a pre-existing condition for life, making it extremely difficult and/or expensive to get health insurance for this child, move out of state, or quit a job. This is just one reason why the healthcare system got an overhaul, with the new system coming on line […]

Community Emerges during the Second 9/11: Twin Towers

The first 9/11 occurred in Chile in 1973. Here is a heart-warming true story about community and generosity that emerged during the second 9/11, the attacks that occurred in NYC on 9/11/01.

Money: Wealth, Inequality, & Health

Lots of cool information and videos relating wealth, income, and their distribution to health and well-being.

Human Development Index vs. Happiness & Life Satisfaction

The Human Development Index has been collected in world wide surveys and is used in various ways that are relevant to sustainable wellbeing (nice introductory article). For example, at the Sustainability Form at UW-Madison (3/7/13), Tim Donahue, the Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, large energy institute, showed a graph of the positive […]

Saving Our Children: Connecting to Ourselves for Sustainable Well-being (video)

Video of a recent 60-minute talk with music in 9, bite-sized bits, entitled: “Saving Rumi: Connecting to Ourselves for Sustainable Well-being”. It’s a good summary of the sustainable well-being project. Through words and music, the talk discusses how our current way of life is the largest failure in human history, advocates making changes to maximize sustainable well-being, describes some psychological principles needed, and suggests solutions, ranging from a scientific and cultural project called “Open Source Life Design”, to solutions being modeled by pioneering communities throughout the world, to an incubating idea for a Community Supported Sustainable Lake House (CSSL).

Cocaine-Firefly Principle

This Cocaine-firefly Principle is potentially very important given the need for us to maximize sustainable well-being by enjoying more and using less.

One Planet Communities

There are several communities described by BioRegional and at oneplanetcommunities.org (see this map) that follow the One Planet living framework which adheres to the 10 principles detailed in the figure to the left. They are communities designed to maximize sustainable well-being, chiefly by reducing planetary impacts. The first One Planet community in the United States […]

Sustainable well-being

We can live lives that are beautiful, rich, connected, and sustainable. They can be sustainable for ourselves, our families, our communities, and the planet. We know how to do this…now. We have never had greater knowledge of historical successes and failures, greater technological help, greater resources, or broader access to different modern models for how […]