In the past year I have had the pleasure of meeting and working alongside Dr Sue Roffey as part of the Education Wellbeing Collective #EdWellColl.
Dr Sue is a psychologist, academic, author, activist and speaker. She holds posts as Honorary Associate Professor at University College, London, an Associate Fellow at the University of Exeter, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Western Sydney University, and is also affiliated to the Wellbeing Institute at Cambridge University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.
Her latest venture is as the contributing author on Education in the new book, Creating the World We Want to Live In: How Positive Psychology can Build a Brighter Future. The timing of this book could not be more perfect. It’s a book about hope and a call to action to make the world the kind of place we want to live in.
Creating the World We Want to Live In challenges long-held beliefs and ideologies about the way the world works and the people in that world. Weaving together the latest well-being science with accessible stories of hope, it offers a blueprint of what works to create flourishing lives and communities.
The unique collective of authors are experts and practitioners in positive psychology and leaders in their respective fields. Together they have created an optimistic vision for a world that would work for everyone.
The book is in three parts:
- What makes for a good life?
- The foundations of everyday flourishing
- The world around us
Creating the World We Want to Live In shows how it doesn’t have to be like this. The pandemic has shown us that at an individual and community level we can work together, help each other, and take action to promote change. The authors explore different political models and the powerful potential of ‘positive politics’ built around honest information sharing and effective public consultation and involvement in key decision making.
Creating the World We Want to Live In is both ambitious and aspirational. It is an essential read for anyone involved in public policy and politics or who would simply like to help create positive change in the world, their institutions or communities.
Dr Sue’s chapter on Education provides theory, real life examples and practical implementations for positive change in our schools, including an ‘Ideas for Action’ section with What might governments do? What might schools do? What might teachers do? What might families do?
“For education systems to flourish, teachers need to be positioned as significant and valued professionals. In a re-structured system, their role would be multidimensional, including detailing options available, clarifying expectations, and resources, co-evaluating with students what has been learnt, and offering support where needed.”
S Roffey, Chapter Education: Creating the World We Want to Live In
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*Please note, I am not an affiliate of this book and will not receive anything from your purchase – but I do like to champion important and useful work!