December 6, 2011 - "Canadians are simply too caught up in a time crunch to enjoy leisure and culture activities in the company of friends and family ... Is that progress?"
The first-ever Canadian Index of Wellbeing composite report published in October looks at eight key domains that contribute to our sense of well-being, including Leisure and Culture. The report shows that in the fifteen year period from 1994 to 2008, Canada's GDP grew by a robust 31% while our quality of life only improved by a very modest 11%. Where did the benefits from the rest of our economic growth go?
Leisure and Culture is one of three domains (along with Environment and Time Use) in which well-being actually decreased, according to the report. What signal does it send us, within the presenting field and as a society?
This report is timely as it helps inform the value of our work in culture, and this study in particular. More importantly, it allows us to look at it from a broader public benefits perspective, something which has become a necessity in order to establish constructive dialogues with elected officials. We invite you to talk about culture and the CIW report with your local MP, MPP or Councillor to inform policy development.
What's your take? How can such findings inform your work in the field? Are artists, agents, and presenters agents of well-being by design or as an indirect outcome? Are there synergies that can be built with other domains of well-being? Do we care? Tell us on The Value of Presenting website.
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