What: Culture and wellbeing


We believe that culture plays an important role in building and consolidating the basis for social cohesion, peace, wellbeing and accumulation of social capital – all pre-requisite for a healthy society as well as a flourishing economy.
That implies a completely new approach and a new way of measuring our wellbeing, and not only the performance of our economy.
In 1968 Robert Kennedy said: “GDP measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”


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How engaged people in culture and citizenship can come together to enhance the life of those living in the city? 100 participants from Athens and abroad worked together for one full day to be part of a process where common possibilities are more important than individual ones. Athens, November 20 2015


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ARE ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS SUFFICIENTLY PART OF THE POLITICAL DISCOURSE TODAY? SHOULD THEY BE? DO ARTS THRIVE IN DEMOCRACY? AND VICE VERSA DO DEMOCRACIES THRIVE VIA THE ARTS? DO ARTISTS AND INTELLECTUALS NECESSARILY NEED TO CONSIDER THEIR IMPACT ON SOCIETY? SHOULD ARTISTS LIVE OFF THEIR ARTS? HOW? WE, THE PEOPLE OF CULTURE, LET OUR FRAGMENTATION REDUCE OUR IMPACT ON SOCIETY….


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Cultural practices and participation are key factors for social and personal well-being and contribute to citizens’ ability to deal with social and economic change. But these factors are seldom recognised in the existing, conventional systems of measurement. CAE has therefore addressed this issue by designing and disseminating an ad hoc information system, based upon qualitative and quantitative (indicators and data)…


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Culture Action Europe reflection paper on Culture and Wellbeing (year 2 – 2016)


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CAE2016 CultureAndWellbeing ReflectionPaper CAE reflection paper on the issue “Culture and Wellbeing” at the end of year 2 of activities


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A model for cultural development where heritage is an important factor of growth and social cohesion


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Below is a collection of Culture Action Europe’s documents produced between March 2014 and February 2015, in the context of Creative Europe first year work plan. CAE would like to thank the European Cultural Foundation for its support in developing this research and editorial work.


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You will find here statements produced by Culture Action Europe on different political topics:  


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CAE’s 2013 reflection paper on how to measure the impact of culture on individual and societal well-being.


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An introduction to Culture Action Europe’s 2013 reflections papers by Luca Bergamo, Culture Action Europe Secretary General.