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For many decades, the primary measure of a society’s progress was its level or rate of economic growth as measured by indicators such as GDP. GDP was never intended to be a measure of well-being, but it came to be used as the primary measure of a society’s welfare for many decades. In recent years, and in particular since the economic crisis, there has emerged a widespread recognition that economic growth is only a means to an end, and if growth does not translate into inclusive and sustainable well-being then true progress is not being made.

Wikiprogress was launched to collect the knowledge of organisations and individuals around the world who are working to develop a new, more people-focused, vision of “progress” through data collection, research, action and policy.
There is no single definition of well-being, but in general terms it refers to the conditions in people’s lives that allow them to lead happy, fulfilled and productive lives. Well-being is often seen as a very personal issue, as what makes one person happy may have the opposite effect on someone else. However, as research into well-being has increased in recent years, a certain consensus has emerged around the fact that while well-being is complex and multi-dimensional, it is possible to identify some key dimensions of well-being that matter for all, or almost all, people. These dimensions may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Basic needs (e.g. food, shelter)
  • Material living conditions (e.g. income, economic security, decent housing)
  • Education
  • Health (including mental health)
  • Human rights and freedom of expression
  • Love and relationships
  • Employment and decent work
  • Safety and resilience (e.g. freedom from harm, or ability to withstand harm and adversity)
  • Environment and surroundings

Well-being cannot be reduced to one single thing therefore, and to get a full picture of people’s lives, it is usually necessary to take into account a combination of different factors related to people’s lives. Different frameworks highlight different dimensions of well-being, but in general there is a lot of commonality between approaches.

The conditions which support people’s well-being today may be different from the conditions which support people’s well-being into the future. The sustainability of well-being – referring to whether or not people’s well-being can be maintained or improved for future generations – is therefore important to consider as well as current well-being. The Brundtland definition of Sustainable Development is equally applicable in a well-being context, defined as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Environmental sustainability is obviously a fundamental element of the sustainability of people’s overall well-being: a habitable planet and thriving ecosystems are necessary pre-conditions for human well-being. But other factors also matter, such as human capital, the inclusiveness of societies, or the integrity and trustworthiness of institutions. The breadth of issues that matter for the sustainability of well-being, for people and the planet, are reflected in the 17 Goals and 169 targets of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Contributing to Wikiprogress

Anyone with relevant information to share can contribute to Wikiprogress. There are two ways to contribute content to the site.

First of all, anyone working on a relevant project can add data, reports, websites or other relevant resources. Resources (e.g. data, reports or websites) must be linked to a ‘Project’ page (e.g. a page that describes the overarching project of project), and ‘Projects’ must be linked to an Organisation page. This means that if you are new to Wikiprogress and would like to add your report or data source (for example), you will first need to create an entry on your Organisation, and then a description of the specific Project, before adding the resources. See the Add Content page for more information. If your Organisation has already been created, you will need to be added as a member of the Organisation to make changes: please email info@wikiprogress.org to be added to the list for a particular Organisation.

Secondly, anyone can add or edit the “Articles” section of the website. These Articles are similar to Wikipedia-style articles, and anyone can contribute or make changes to update the text.

When users create an account, they are creating their Wikiprogress identity. In the spirit of collaboration, this helps build the Wikiprogress user community and further connects those who are dedicated to fostering social progress. Creating an account gives users specific access to organisation pages that they add to the Knowledgebase, allowing the organisation (or user) to add and edit any content on their organisation pages. Finally, it also helps better manage all content that is contributed to the website and provides an extra layer of security.
To maintain order of the Knowledgebase, all resources must be linked to a project and all projects must be linked to an organisation. This ensures all projects and respective resources are organised and can be linked back to the organisation responsible.
Make sure you have created an account or have logged in.
We have created an entry in the Organisations section called “Independent Projects”. If you would like to add a resource and you are not affiliated to an Organisation, please email info@wikiprogress.org to be added as an independent project, and then you will be able to add your resource.
Users who originally added the organisation, with an exception to the Wikiprogress team, are the only ones who have permission to add new projects and resources to the organisation’s page. This ensures all content added is actually related to the organisation.
However this does not mean you can’t contribute to a registered organisation’s page! If you wish to add content to an organisation that you did not register on Wikiprogress, email info@wikiprogress.org with the project details and attach all resource content you wish to add and the Wikiprogress team will upload them and let you know when they are live.
Wikiprogress is an open, crowd-sourced website aiming to connect individuals and organisations that are dedicated to fostering social progress. Many of our registered organisations are involved in index development, data collection and communication, and policy analysis/implementation (among others). No matter what their specialty is, all contribute to the work being done in the fields of wellbeing and sustainability.
Projects can range in focus…

  • Climate change
  • Education
  • Health
  • Conflict and violence
  • Employment
  • Inequality
  • Democracy and governance
  • Environment
  • Poverty
  • Economic growth
  • Quality of life
  • Poverty reduction
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Beyond GDP
  • Development
We are very happy to post blogs from members of the Wikiprogress community. Just email info@wikiprogress.org if you would like to make a request.

Wikiprogress team

The Wikiprogress team currently consists of:

  • Kate Scrivens – Manager
  • Pedro Carranza – Web Developer
  • Katelyn Frederking – Communications Intern
Since its launch in 2009, Wikiprogress has been hosted and supported by the OECD as part of its wider work on well-being. However, Wikiprogress remains an open-source, crowd-sourced and independent Project: the OECD holds no responsibility for its content, and does not favour its own content over that of other contributors.
If you are interested in volunteering or interning for Wikiprogress, please send your CV and motivation letter to info@wikiprogress.org.