About nef

nef is an independent think-and-do tank. We believe in economics as if people and the planet mattered.

We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.

The centre for well-being at nef aims to enhance individual and collective well-being in ways that are environmentally sustainable and socially just. Our goal is to promote the concept of well-being as legitimate and useful aim of policy and to provide individuals, communities and organisations with the understanding and tools to redefine wealth in terms of well-being. We believe it is possible to lead long and happy lives without costing the earth.

nef was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7 and G8 summits.

We are unique in combining rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people. We also create new ways of measuring progress towards increased well-being and environmental sustainability.

nef works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally – civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia – to create more understanding and strategies for change. To find out more about what we do, visit the main nef website here.

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