Here We Go

Incheon towards the future: the city hosted 3,000 people for the 6th Wellbeing Forum.

There is an international group of government officials labouring to make life better for people. Wellbeing Economy Alliance knowledge and policy lead, Dr Katherine Trebeck, introduces its global ambitions.

On the edge of Incheon, a South Korean city that borders Seoul, is a purpose-built conference zone – a forest of enormous hotels and meeting venues. Robots not only register delegates arriving at the conference spaces but they also introduce speakers. The future seems to be well and truly ensconced in Incheon.

Appropriate then, that this is where 3,000 people gathered to explore the future of wellbeing. This was the 6th Wellbeing Forum hosted by the OECD’s statistics unit – a team that has been at the forefront of measuring quality of life for over a decade.

Deep, and often heated, conversations covered a range of themes – from the role of data in a post-truth era to resilience and social protection. The majority of attendees were South Korean – their statistics agency being a host. They were joined by Nobel laureates, royalty, heads of international agencies,

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