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  • Writer's pictureFrances Rayner

Where does the Love Letham approach come from?

Updated: Mar 6, 2022

Love Letham comes from an understanding that the way we design policies must be radically rethought. If local decision makers are to enact programmes that will ensure children and young people can flourish now and in the future, they must be co-designed with those children and young people. Love Letham also asks us to lift our gaze - to work across silos to think long-term about the outcomes we want to achieve for young people to thrive.

This pioneering project is one of four pilots in California, Canada and New Zealand which are implementing the Wellbeing Economy Alliance's Policy Design Guide which helps people think through how to create transformative policies with the full participation of citizens. You can read more about the pilot projects here.

The Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) works with others to programme our economies, governments and businesses so that they are in service of people and planet. In a Wellbeing Economy institutions would be designed to meet our universal needs for dignity, nature, connection, fairness and meaningful participation.

The Wellbeing Economy movement goes beyond just fixing, healing and redistributing to building an economic system that gets it right the first time. It is about actively co-creating, through participatory processes, the better world we envision. It is about changing the way we view, manage and engage with the economy to ensure dignity and fairness. By recognising that the ultimate measure of our success is not wealth but wellbeing now and for generations to come. Love Letham is also informed by WEAll's Dr Katherine Trebeck's report, Being Bold: Building Budgets for Children's Wellbeing.

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