Posts Tagged ‘wellbeing’

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 [...]

Our New Publication on the New Economy in Vermont!

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 14th, 2013

report cover with image of people enjoying an outdoor market We’re excited to announce that we just released Vermont’s New Economy: A look at the New Economy by the numbers. This new publication is all about injecting new ideas and a “sense of the possible” into our notions of what an economy can be. It envisions an economy that serves our communities, environment, and values—not the other way around. Already, this New Economy [...]

Closed Loop Production: Creating Jobs and Good Food in Hardwick, VT

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: July 2nd, 2013

By Pamela Paquin

Naia enjoying all that Hardwick had to offer–especially the mud! The day ended as all good ones do, with my daughter in a puddle, covered in mud. She was my wingman for an event hosted by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility in a long-targeted destination of Hardwick, Vermont. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Hardwick is one of the [...]

Endurance

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 18th, 2013

By Pamela Paquin

Monday’s events in Boston have had our staff here at DMI hen-like in their soft “clucking” concerned for our friends and family in Boston and the region. Indeed, it has been hard to focus on what seem like trivial “to-dos” compared to what people were going through who were present and/or connected to individuals running and cheering around Copley this Monday. Two [...]

The Happiness Initiative: The Serious Business of Well-Being

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: February 26th, 2013

By Laura Musikanski and John de Graaf

Growth in GDP was long ago decoupled from personal indicators of well-being, as many Americans report being overworked, stressed, and lonely. (image credit: Stanley Wood) Happiness: is it just a fad of the day or the wave of the future? On July 19th, 2011, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution urging governments across the globe to start measuring happiness and [...]

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