Rethinking local indicators of economic success

In 2010, local activists and change-makers in Bristol came together to form the Happy City project. They realised that in order to improve the lives of people in local communities around the UK they needed a new story that redefines what it means to prosper.

Happy City ran an extensive engagement process over a three-year period working both with leading experts around the UK and beyond, and with local people through community events, working with local policy makers and talking to local community organisations and housing associations.

Happy City and the New Economics Foundation worked together to develop a new measure to reflect the things that are known to most influence wellbeing and that matter most to local people – The Happy City Index. They have since published results for the index for other cities around the UK.

Photo: Aires Almeida via Flickr