A Genuine Talk on Progress and the GPI
Posted By: Sarah Parkinson, Published: March 11th, 2014
“When we hear that the Gross National Product has grown, instead of cheering, we should ask exactly what has grown, for whom, at what cost, and at whose expense. Even better, we should work to develop indicators of national progress that reflect more accurately our real value and our real welfare.” —Donella Meadows, 1988
In 2012 Vermont became the first state to officially adopt the Genuine Progress Indictor (GPI) in state legislation. It was a big step and an important one—a step that would help move Vermont closer to measuring its progress by more than growth alone, as with the Gross State Product. Instead, it would factor in the health of our ecosystems, the equality of our communities, and the wellbeing of our families.
Recently, the Meadows Institute was excited to take another step in that direction by convening a day of discussion that included representatives from the state government, nonprofit organizations, statewide networks, the educational community, and more.