For the first time in Europe, elected representatives, local government workers, researchers, the voluntary sector, economic operators and committed citizens are all getting together to question the standard economic indicators. A new model is needed and this cross section of society are going to work on it together. The programme of conferences, roundtables, movie projections, artistic interventions, workshops and debates open to all is available here on this site. Save the date : the 6th, 7th and 8th June 2018 in Grenoble.


For more than 30 years, many experiments have been conducted at the international, regional and local levels proposing alternatives to the GDP as the standalone indicator. These initiatives question the idea of ​​infinite growth in a finite world and seek to measure and better take into account well-being, human and social development, quality of life, living together, etc. Elements which are lacking from economic statistics.

The Grenoble forum, an exceptional event in France and Europe, will be the opportunity to take a step further, from observation to action. How can these indicators promote practices that a just and sustainable society merits? The forum will thus question the link between the scales: the local, the territory of life and action, and the global: what are the shared control panels to communicate between these scales and act in a convergent way? For all citizens involved in building a just and sustainable society, the question of indicators provides the basis for concerted action.


Program and Registration

The program of the event is a reflection of the many experiments going on around the world. A call for contributions was launched in December 2017 and 130 proposals were received. The committee in charge of the program is working on the articulation of all the proposals received. A pre-program will be available in March The program will alternate plenary lectures to address major issues and set the framework for discussions, and workshop times built around 3 themes:


Rethinking our social models

Which model of society do we want to aim for? How can the myth of infinite growth in a finite world be overthrown? How can the issues of social and environmental sustainability be given their place and what place is to be given to the economy? How can the visions and practices in different parts of the world be mutually enriching, and how can we move towards societies which are fairer and which respect life?


Moving from indicators to action

What methodology for the construction of new indicators of well being? What existing experience of alternative indicators has led to action, and their effect on policies put into action? Although the local scale seems the most appropriate to measure well-being of the inhabitants, and for the action at the level of the organizations, how can this adapt to a massive change on a national or international scale?


Collectively Define What Matters

What role can the different actors of a territory or an organization play both in defining what counts – which constitutes Well-Being – and in the process of choosing indicators? How can we work on raising awareness and changing representations in order to rethink our social models and the indicators that go with them? It is the forms of participation and involvement of each stakeholder which are to be questioned. Would you like to be informed about the opening of registrations for the forum or the launch of the program? Leave us your détails.

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Already confirmed :

ATD Quart-MondeAlternatiba GrenobleL’Assemblée des Communs GrenobleLe CairnMonnaie Locale Chaire MindfulnessCentre BNB FranceCollectif les Jours Heureux Dasho Karma UraXavier Godinot, France, permanent volunteer at ATD Quart-MondeFlorence Jany-Catrice, France - économistVivian Labrie, Québec, political activistMinistère du BonheurSCOP l'OrageArash SarkechikDominique SteilerPatrick Viveret, France - philosopherAlberto Acosta, Equateur - economist and political menDasho Karma Ura, Bhoutan - director of Center for Bhutan Studies (CBS)Elena Lasida, France - economistLuiz Claudio Mandela, Brazil - General secretary of CaritasCyrille ROAMBA, Director of Sustainable Development of the Ugandan Association Community Initiative Change Life (ICCV), Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso Wallapa VAN WILLENSWAARD and Hans VAN WILLENSWAARDNarumon PAIBOONSITTIKUN, Director of Wongsanit Ashram - ThaïlandeSonam TASHISai Sam KHAMChanthalangsy SISOUVANH, Executive Director of the Rural Development Agency (RDA), and member of the Mansfield Center, University of MontanaNovaScopiaD-Sidd

with many more to come…

Practical information

Accommodation :

Participants will be responsible for their own accomodation. If you wish to be hosted by a volunteer during the International Forum for Well-Being, please give us details about your request here so we can introduce you with a host (subject to availability). Form to fill out Otherwise, you will find here differents accommodations solutions available on Grenoble and its agglomeration.

Translation :

2 conference rooms will be equipped to provide simultaneous translation (with headphones) in 3 languages: French – English – Spanish. A team of volunteer translators will provide ongoing translations in the workshops as much as possible.

How to come ?

Place: University Campus, in Saint Martin d’Hères (neighboring municipality of Grenoble) Address: 151 rue des Universités – 38400 Saint Martin d’Hères To come by Public Transport:

  • Tram B – Presqu’Île-Gières / Plaine des sports – Stop Bibliothèques universitaires (25 minutes journey from the SNCF station of Grenoble – 5 minutes journey from the SNCF station of Gières)
  • Tram C – Seyssins Le Prisme / Saint-Martin-d’Hères – Stop Bibliothèques universitaires
  • Tram D – Saint-Martin-d’Hères Etienne Grappe / Les Taillées Universités – Arrêt : Les taillées Universités
  • Bus line C5, 11, 69 : Stop Bibliothèques universitaires

For ease of use, download the Metromobilité application on your smartphone. If you come by train, plane or car, you should consult the webpage of the Campus to get information :

Any questions ?

For all your request, you can write to

Volunteers wanted

We need help right now and during the 3 days of the Forum! You can join a working committee on: the programme, local mobilization, communication and media links, logistics, international relations or productions.

More concretely, you can also help us on:

  • English & Spanish translations upstream (written) or during the Forum (interpretation)
  • the reception and orientation of the speakers and participants on the site
  • the logistics on the site (installation, decoration, signposting, storage …)
  • reporting (videos, written, interviews …) before and during the Forum
  • the accompaniment of young international reporters present to cover the event (support for communication techniques, orientation and reception in Grenoble)
  • the proposal of homestay accommodation

If you are interested please write to us at:


Organizer for the Scientific symposium