RAND, Bloomberg Philanthropies
2012 - Present
City of Santa Monica City Planning
Santa Monica was one of just five cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to make innovation happen. It was awarded $1 million to launch The Wellbeing Project. The idea? Let’s go beyond economic indicators and use the science of wellbeing. Let’s understand what we’re doing well – and where we as a community can take steps to improve.
Partnering with the RAND Corporation, the New Economics Foundation, and a team of experts around the world, The Wellbeing Project spent more than a year researching the factors that make a city thrive. It went in search of the best ways to measure those factors. And now, through the Wellbeing Index, it is sharing a detailed set of findings that show where Santa Monica is now to help set the course for where we should go.
The process is a dynamic one. Continuously measuring wellbeing will become a foundation of Santa Monica government, building a streamlined system to figure out more quickly, more precisely, and more cost-effectively what will make Santa Monica thrive.