Alicia Trepat Pont
The Global Hub for the Common Good
Happy City Project
Miranda de Azán Council
The 4th organisation is the Economy for the Common Good movement that is based almost in all European Countries: www.ecogood.org
European values are freedom, tolerance, unity, etc. And yet, we measure our welfare through GDP: What does GDP tell us about common good? We need to change the indicator if we want to change our lives. We want to co-create the first welfare-index built on a bottom-up approach by citizens: The Happiness&Common Good Local Product. We will test the methodology in one Spanish village and in one British town. We will document and prepare an open-source methodology to be replicated throughout Europe.
Bristol (United Kingdom), Miranda de Azán (Salamanca, Spain)
We are addressing a systemic challenge at a local level: We want to create a local alternative to GDP. We will co-create a proper bottom-up index to know about common good, happiness, relationships, altruism, mutual help, inclusion, environment, etc. We need to know what society wants to build a better society. We will create an open-source and online methodology to replicate the project and create a domino-effect throughout Europe.
+To foster citizenship participation
+To measure common good at a local level, both in general and on specific topics
+To build a useful tool for the management of the municipality. The results can be used to define participative action plans that will involve, not only the local government, but also social agents and the citizens.
The CGI’s unique value proposition is that, unlike all other indexes, this project will be co-created with the inhabitants of the cities as the main actors.
We have developed a methodology with experts through different workshops and activities. Now, we want to develop methodology in two different locations: A small village in Spain (500 population) and Bristol, a medium town in UK (420.000). We study the outcomes and the learnings will be presented and transfer to other cities throughout Europe creating a bottom-up alternative to GDP.
1. Engage citizens in the project
2. Define the Index through participatory workshops
3. Gather information: (quantitative indicators and qualitative indicators (survey designed by citizens)
4. Analyse info and develop the Index
5. Define a collaborative action plan to improve the local common good
6. Study outcomes
7. Transfer methodology learnings (European presentation)
The Global Hub for the Common Good is a think ocean, this means that our ideas and projects always have a participatory basis and are co-created. Our vision is to achieve a system based on Common Good for all. With this project we want to foster the right of Europe's citizens to decide and define how they want their lives in their cities to be. In that way, citizens will be empowered and will be the direct beneficiaries of the project (Bristol, Miranda and, later, all European citizens).
Do you know any other municipality willing to implement this project? How do you imagine a Happy and Common Good City have?