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Los Angeles Well-Being Project

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by HappyCity Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Well-being Project is a collaborative campaign aimed at building the momentum and advancing a shift toward resilience, healthy, and equitable mobility for all. Expanding on the "Happiness & Well-Being Index" in Los Angeles from 2014, HappyCity Los Angeles will bring together local leaders in government, civil society organizations, media, businesses, and economists to develop strategies for distributed leadership for policies and practices that make Vision 80 a reality.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • South Bay
  • Antelope Valley
  • City of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Implement and track policy

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Healthcare access
  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Number of households below the self-sufficiency index
  • Obesity rates
  • Housing affordability
  • Rates of homelessness
  • Walk/bike/transit score
  • Rates of mental illness
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

The Los Angeles Wellbeing Project’s Vision 80 will be evaluated based on a single index ranging from 0 to 100 with the goal to exceed 80 based on the data collected from respondents from the Gross National Happiness Index surveys. An example of the output that this methodology can provide can be seen at the website: http://www.happycity.us/los-angeles.html

In order to work in conjunction with the goals set forth by LA 2050, our “Los Angeles Wellbeing Project’s Vision 80” will aim to target meeting those goals by 2050.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research