Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

A Genuine Talk on Progress and the GPI

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: March 11th, 2014

A woman speaks to a group about the Genuine Progress Idicator “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 Elizabeth Courtney, author of Greening Vermont, takes [...]

Let’s Take Back Christmas: Donella Meadows on the Holiday Season

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: December 14th, 2012

Donella Meadows enjoyed many of the same things during the holidays that so many of us look forward to–time with family and loved ones, good music and good company, giving and sharing, warmth and light. As she wrote to her friends in December 1996, “I’m looking forward to it, the slowdown, the quietness.  I light white candles and play beautiful [...]

Manifesto for a Post-Growth Economy

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 21st, 2012

By James Gustave Speth

America the Possible by James Gustave Speth What single change stands to give Americans more free time, healthier ecosystems, and more meaningful jobs? Slowing down GDP growth can mean more time to do things we love. Image credit: Qfamily via Flickr Editor’s introduction: Gus Speth has been a co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advisor to presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the head of the United Nations’ [...]

Sustainability and Happiness: A Development Philosophy for Bhutan and the World

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 4th, 2012

By Jigmi Thinley

Children in Bhutan Thirty years ago, the fourth king of Bhutan famously proclaimed that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product,” setting the country on a development path that seeks to integrate sustainable and equitable socioeconomic development with environmental conservation, cultural promotion, and good governance. This “happiness” has nothing to do with the common use of that word to denote an [...]

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