Visualizing Well-being – Data Visualization Contest 2015

Win a trip to Mexico!

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One of the projects (Web-COSI) I am working on is offering winners a prize trip to Mexico to participate at the 5th OECD World Forum. The winners will be awarded with a certificate of recognition during a special session of the Forum. The competition is open to all individuals, both amateurs and professionals. We especially would like to encourage the participation of young people and one of the prizes will be reserved for entries from under 26-year olds.

Deadline for Submissions: 24 August, 2015

The aim of the contest is to encourage participants to use well-being measurement in innovative ways to a) show how data on well-being give a more meaningful picture of the progress of societies than more traditional growth-oriented approaches, and b) to use their creativity to communicate key ideas about well-being to a broad audience. See below for more information to help you enter the contest.

Entries will be welcomed in two categories:

  1. Interactive visualisations
  2. Static infographics and visualisations

You can find out more here: http://wikiprogress.org/index.php/Visualizing_Well-being:_Wikiprogress_Data_Visualization_Contest_2015

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Finding Balance

In my free pdf ebook on holistic wellbeing I explore through quick practical exercises how one can find a stable balance both at home and at work. I expanded on this slightly in my recent post – so you want to change the world and be a changemaker. On that note, I hope that overall my blog posts strike a balance and offer an insight into the activities that help me to find balance.

Even still, finding balance can be a difficult if you are a beginner at meditation or similar practices. Therefore, many often turn to someone to talk to or engage in some sort of activity that takes the mind away from whatever is disturbing our ether. It is imperative to make the mind, body and spirit strong as they are all interconnected and will depend on each other at some point.

Mind
Meditation, developing emotional cognition, morals, ethics, etc.

Body
Healthy food and suitable exercise.

Spirit
Being creative and adventurous.

The aim is always to simplify everything for the benefit of yourself. For example: “I am taking care of my mind through meditation (slowing it down and creating clarity) and constantly aiming to stop negative thoughts from arising within. I am taking care of my body through appropriate food and suitable exercise. I am being creative and exploring the creativity of others because it resonates within a part of me that is beyond words, thought and emotions – this is my spirit.” If you can say this to yourself and others, then you are being true to yourself, but most importantly you are being good to yourself.

Mental Well-being Survey

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As some of you may already know, well-being is something that is very important to me (as outlined in my pocket guide Replug YOU). Employee mental well-being, especially related to issues such as workplace stress and employee burnout, is a growing concern for employers worldwide as they seek to address employee well-being more broadly and holistically.

According to Buck Consultants’ 2014 Global Survey on Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness, stress is the primary health-related driver globally for implementing wellness programs. This finding is echoed by numerous studies on work-related stress, burnout, low morale, lack of engagement, and diminished productivity, as well as by increasing levels of sick leave due to mental health issues. Employers are becoming more aware of this trend and are increasingly concerned about the more holistic well-being of their employees. In addition, a growing number of countries now mandate a risk assessment of the psychosocial work environment (in addition to the physical environment).

Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces (an organisation I work with) has jointly sponsored a survey with Buck Consultants at Xerox: Promoting Mental Well-being: Addressing Worker Stress and Psychosocial Risks. The survey, which closes shortly is designed to measure employer strategies and practices to promote and improve the mental or psychological well-being of their employees. The results will be released at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit in Florianopolis, Brazil on May 18-19, 2015.

There is no cost to participate. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete and all participants will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results. So it’s definitely worth taking if workplace health is something that you’re interested in or is important to you.

To access the survey, Click here or visit http://bit.ly/mental-wellbeing-survey

Note. Firefox web browser has extra security settings than most other browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, etc.) – therefore in order to take the survey you will need to trust and add the security exception. Or alternatively use a different web browser to access the survey.