Well done Catherine Trebeck and Oxfam and partners to process this policy assessment tool. It should be used far and wide, to get people thinking and talking.The launch evening was very enjoyable under Judith jovial leadership, making it clear that the launch of this tool is a first step in the right direction of engaging the people of Scotland on their terms with the complex nature of measuring wellbeing against a wide range of criteria necessary for making policies that make sense on balance of all in all.
The audience got a tiny shot at experiencing the mechanism of the app by looking at an issue already done and dusted by Parliament, the Second Forth Road Bridge, which has already been given the go ahead of £1.4 billion to be spent on a second road bridge across the Forth. As the voting procedures on the night had to be kept to the minimum of engagement, that is especially excluding the building of insights and fully weighing up of the long term sustainability implications of the development, we were able to see quickly not just the strength but also the weaknesses of the tool. Whilst whole picture seeing had been included in an unprecedented way for an online wellbeing measurement tool in Scotland, the old and ah so familiar gaps of investing in long term local community capital and cohesion, investing courageously and sustainably, there is still a long way to go, esp if this tool is to have a real impact on the decision making of our elected government, which is under hard corporate pressure to - for instance - allow shale gas extraction by changing the law of local consultation, making it obsolete for the local communities to have their say over what happens under their houses !
There has never been a more important time like ours to radically and courageously re-fashion policy decision making, testing and using system thinking tools like Sociocracy, which imply commitment to a shared goal.
Will Oxfam's Humankind index processes have an impact on the follow up of the Falkirk against unconventional gas (FAUG) community charter, that brilliant piece of collective intelligence?
Now there is a question!
Back to Oxfam's big day for now:
Oxfam Scotland Working to improve the lives of the world's poorest people, at home and abroad.
One strong criticism of the tool needs to be said here: the very first sentence of the overview of the intro page shows a deep flaw which might be indicative of the spanner in the works, something that does not seem to be challenged enough by Oxfam, despite of the great works done seen in prezis like these (click to view one by Judith):
the word 'money' is being used with implied acceptance of its unchallenged nature of being debt based.
Is it referred to here as the unshakable given? Isn't measuring well being pointless if 'having money' (the value of which is arrived at by collective consenting to its inherently inequality creating nature) is the door and page opener?
After all the work Oxfam did with Friends of the Earth and others in the Just Banking Conference 2012 - hm, what is going on?
Dear Oxfam - how do think that the need of everyone having enough money to buy life's basics CAN be achieved if we all again and again and again use the word 'money' ignoring the inherent trap chaining us to debt slavery? Debt slavery that underpins the million sacrifices done by friends and foes alike: too busy trying to 'balance the money' and thus unable to get policies made and especially sustained that can fundamentally serve the well being of all.