Who is behind the Happy Planet Index?

The Happy Planet Index is powered by a group of collaborators who believe that the twenty-first century should be defined by the pursuit of good lives that do not cost the Earth.

The Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll)

The Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) is the leading global coalition of organisations, alliances, movements, and individuals working together to transform key economies and ensure that decision-makers prioritise the long-term wellbeing of people and planet.

Since 2018, WEAll has been linking and coordinating activity at all levels of the global Wellbeing Economy movement to promote new narratives, policies, ideas, and models that make a Wellbeing Economy a reality.

WEAll brings together an online community of changemakers from around the world, through its organizational membership, the Citizens platform and the WEAll Youth network. WEAll also hosts place-based hubs, from California to East Africa to New Zealand, which work to facilitate collaboration and activity towards building a Wellbeing Economy in their own locality, and link in to the global movement.

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The New Economics Foundation (NEF)

The New Economics Foundation (NEF), a WEAll member, launched the Happy Planet Index in 2006 and housed it until 2019. We would like to acknowledge all of the support over the years of the New Economics Foundation for the Happy Planet Index. 

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Nic Marks

Nic Marks is the creator of the Happy Planet Index and a recognised expert in the field of wellbeing research and undertakes innovative research in the use of well-being indicators. He founded the award-winning Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation in 2001 and the first HPI was published in 2006.

His 2010 TED talk on the HPI has been watched over 2.5 million times. In 2012 he left NEF and founded Friday Pulse, an online people platform which helps build happy teams. He has created a weekly Happiness KPI™ so business can track and improve employee experience. He is an in-demand public speaker and regularly creates content on how to improve happiness in the workplace and in our lives. He lives near Stonehenge in the UK, with his wife and various animals. 

Connect with Nic on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Saamah Abdallah

Saamah Abdallah has worked on the Happy Planet Index since the first edition in 2006, developed the methodology for calculating the Index, and leads all the data aspects of the project.

Aside from the HPI, Saamah has worked for 15 years on the application of wellbeing science to policy and the promotion of alternative indicators of progress. In recent years he has focused on the use of wellbeing and alternative indicators at the local level, for example, with the Thriving Places Index and has worked extensively on analysing survey data on individual and community wellbeing, for example for the UK’s What Works Wellbeing centre. In 2016, Saamah won an award from the Community Indicators Consortium as Emerging Leader in the field of Community Indicators.

Alongside his work on wellbeing, Saamah is also completing a PhD in Communications Science and Political Psychology at the University of Erfurt in Germany. Saamah lives in a small post-industrial town in the midst of the forests of Eastern Germany.

Saamah’s research can be found on ResearchGate.

Connect with Saamah on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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James & Andrew

Andrew is a product designer and front end developer with experience creating websites in a wide range of industries and sectors. James is a full stack developer who specialises in creating digital experiences for charities and NGOs. Andrew and James work together as part of a collective of designers, developers and digital specialists. We are passionate about creating accessible and sustainable digital experiences that help small charities and big NGOs bring about positive social change.

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You can reach the Happy Planet Index team at happyplanet@weall.org

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