Democracy and participation, Urban development

Happy and Common Good European Cities


Who is behind this?

Alicia Trepat Pont

The Global Hub for the Common Good


Who is joining forces?

Bristol Council

United Kingdom

Happy City Project

United Kingdom

Miranda de Azán Council


The 4th organisation is the Economy for the Common Good movement that is based almost in all European Countries:

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

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.

Where will your idea take place?

Bristol (United Kingdom), Miranda de Azán (Salamanca, Spain)

Why does Europe need your idea?

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.

What is your impact?

+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.

How do you get there?

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.
Methodological process
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)

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

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).

What makes your idea stand apart?

This project differentiates itself with all other welfare indexes because of its bottom-up and collaborative approach: it will be the first wellbeing index designed by citizens through a participatory process.
Moreover, the Index will provide valuable information to be used at the local level. Local authorities will collaborate with citizens to build actions plans for the common good in a collaborative way.
The process will be open-source what will produce a domino-effect through European cities

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 80000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Local promotion: 7.000 Eur Facilitation: 12.000 Eur Interviews (design+survey):16.000 Eur Analysis and local Indexes 10.000 Eur Replicable&Open source report 8.000 Eur Website+online platform: 4.000 Eur Filming-editing 7.000 Eur Communication Plan 6.000 Eur European Presentation 2.000 Eur Travel expenses/accomodation 2.000 Eur Coordination: 6.000 Eur

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Do you know any other municipality willing to implement this project? How do you imagine a Happy and Common Good City have?



Idea created on March 2, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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