Designs on Wellbeing, exploring responses to the wellbeing agenda

Hosted by Birmingham City University, 24th-25th July 2013

We are pleased to announce the Second International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being.

This year the conference has a particular focus on examining how professions, practitioners, communities and individuals are reacting to the well-being agenda. Well-being 2013 will be asking a range of key questions – can we actually design for well-being – how do we experience personal well-being, how do existing approaches inform the overall agenda and is it possible to embed well-being as an overarching aim? Accordingly, Well-being 2013 aims to bring a diverse group of delegates together to debate and discuss current understanding, new ideas, novel practice and underpinning theories. Designs on well-being explores the notion that we all have experiences and responsibilities that impact on the well-being agenda; how we design goods, services and environments will influence personal well-being. Continue reading


“If a book were written all in numbers, it would be true. It would be just. Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. Things in words got twisted and ran together, instead of staying straight and fitting together. But underneath the words, at the centre… it all came out even. Everything could change, yet nothing would be lost. If you saw the numbers you could see that, the balance, the pattern. You saw the foundations of the world. And they were solid” (Ursula Le Guin ‘The Dispossessed’).