Oh heck, I'll let her describe it:
Social Wellbeing seeks to restore balance, to create a state in which needs are met and where people are allowed to develop through opportunities for advancement. Social Wellbeing should account for difference and local cultures, it should be inclusive of Justice but also of the “aftermath” of Justice. For me, it is not a universally defined idea of progress but one which is defined locally. From the standpoint of my Feminist lens, Social Wellbeing should call intragender oppression into question (i.e. What does it mean to succeed, as a woman, in an environment that oppresses other women, sometimes even at our expense?).I'm not going to turn around and advocate throwing out the term "social justice" altogether (and neither does Flavia), but to me these kinds of arguments are essential in pushing the conceptual boundaries of what we are doing and preventing our language (and subsequently our ideas) from stagnating or regressing back to a hegemonic mean. I think we always need to challenge ourselves and our assumptions, and not get comfortable with engaging the issues from the exact same ideological standpoint. Not when all of our foundations are by necessity built on the mucky swamp of oppression.
Social Wellbeing is measurable and tangible, not based on subjective notions “allowed” by those in power, but by conditions reflecting the overall health of a community. The kind of Social Wellbeing that I envision is holistic and integrated into our experiences as individuals but also as individuals within a group (our immediate community/the city we live in/ the Nation State/ Family/ etc.). Wellbeing is emancipatory and horizontal, it should also take into account the health of the environment as an indicator of human health. Above all, Social Wellbeing should hold us all accountable for each other’s rights and needs.
We keep moving, or we sink.