Debra Efroymson

Debra Efroymson is the executive director of the Institute of Wellbeing, Bangladesh, and author of "Beyond Apologies: Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing."

Risky play and adventure playgrounds

Children flourish when given the opportunity to explore their environment and calculate risks.

1w ago

Acknowledge negativity, but don’t ignore the positive

People assign varying weights to their experiences, and so some of us focus on the positive.

Respecting boundaries and holding men responsible

I wish we lived in a world where the perpetrator, not the survivor, was blamed for their actions.

Can we have bicycle highways, too?

Let’s get over the prejudice that expressways are for cars.

A plea for common humanity

Attitudes that insist on finding differences rather than commonalities are troubling.

World Car-free Day: Decarbonise transport for climate justice

What happens to be a great solution for decarbonising transport is enabling and promoting walking, cycling, and pedal-powered rickshaws.

Our forgotten elderly

In many cities around the world, elderly people literally cannot cross the road because the timing on crossing signals is too brief. At least we don’t have that problem in Dhaka, if only due to the absence of functional traffic lights.

Is health an individual or collective responsibility?

The importance of government policy, not just individual motivation, for health becomes evident when we consider the behaviours needed for a person to stay healthy.

March 31, 2024
March 31, 2024

Risky play and adventure playgrounds

Children flourish when given the opportunity to explore their environment and calculate risks.

March 2, 2024
March 2, 2024

Acknowledge negativity, but don’t ignore the positive

People assign varying weights to their experiences, and so some of us focus on the positive.

January 30, 2024
January 30, 2024

Respecting boundaries and holding men responsible

I wish we lived in a world where the perpetrator, not the survivor, was blamed for their actions.

January 10, 2024
January 10, 2024

Can we have bicycle highways, too?

Let’s get over the prejudice that expressways are for cars.

November 14, 2023
November 14, 2023

A plea for common humanity

Attitudes that insist on finding differences rather than commonalities are troubling.

September 22, 2023
September 22, 2023

World Car-free Day: Decarbonise transport for climate justice

What happens to be a great solution for decarbonising transport is enabling and promoting walking, cycling, and pedal-powered rickshaws.

September 7, 2023
September 7, 2023

Our forgotten elderly

In many cities around the world, elderly people literally cannot cross the road because the timing on crossing signals is too brief. At least we don’t have that problem in Dhaka, if only due to the absence of functional traffic lights.

July 20, 2023
July 20, 2023

Is health an individual or collective responsibility?

The importance of government policy, not just individual motivation, for health becomes evident when we consider the behaviours needed for a person to stay healthy.

June 25, 2023
June 25, 2023

An ode to local economies

Let’s shape the future in partnership with, rather than in destruction of, our local economy and local communities.

June 21, 2023
June 21, 2023

Why Dhaka should invest more in bicycle lanes

Cycling infrastructure is far less expensive to build than roads, flyovers, elevated expressways, and parking garages for cars.

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