Dominant cultural narratives about progress—often based solely on economic end goals—shape how societies make decisions and set priorities in policy and action across sectors. These narratives incent consumption, obscure inequities, encourage negative draws on social and natural capital, and turn a blind eye on well-being. Shifting the narrative to broaden our shared definition of progress to include well-being is imperative if we are to advance equity, build a Culture of Health, and sustain life on our planet. In this webinar, we looked at global and national perspectives to explore the results of using well-being metrics, the critical needs and gaps to make these measures more relevant and actionable, and how their use can drive changes in narrative, policy, and action.

This was be the third online learning event in an ongoing webinar series: Highlights from the 2019 Sharing Knowledge to Build a Culture of Health Conference. The series seeks to showcase select sessions from the conference, held from March 6-8, 2019 near Houston, Texas. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Learn how narrative can be used to help people embrace a more holistic view of well-being
  • Learn how measures help prioritize actions
  • Identify ways that practitioners and researchers can think about measurement as a part of shifting narratives about health and well-being and those action priorities

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Speaker List

Introductory Remarks:

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Karabi Archaya, Sc.D.

Director, Global Learning for U.S. Solutions - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Karabi Acharya, ScD directs the Global Ideas for US Solutions portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read Bio


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Anita Chandra, Dr.P.H.

Vice President, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being - RAND Corporation

Anita Chandra is vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being and a senior policy resear... Read Bio


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Mallika Dutt, J.D.

Founder - Breakthrough

Mallika is a leading innovator in storytelling and culture change and has created multimedia experiences that ... Read Bio

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Carol Graham, Ph.D.

Leo Pavolsky Senior Fellow - The Brookings Institution

Carol Graham is Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, College Park Professor at the Univer... Read Bio

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Mao Amis, Ph.D.

Executive Director - African Centre for Green Economy

Mao Amis is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy (AfriCGE) and Adjunct... Read Bio