Economics and GDP

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Reporting on Economic Growth in a World of Limits

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Everywhere you turn today there is talk of economic growth.  A growing economy is the gold standard and main policy goal of just about every nation. There is not much talk about growth in sustainable livelihoods or well-being.  Yet a mantra of continued economic growth is what we hear from mainstream
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A Week of Happiness: Prioritizing Well-being for Our World

Apr 17th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org As you recover from the stress of filing taxes, you can take some relief and pleasure in this being Sustainable Happiness Week.  It kicked off on April 13th, and runs through April 20th. Where is it easiest to feel happy?  Check out this infographic from Sustainable Cities Collective to see the
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GDP: Improving the “Grossly Distorted Picture”

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org   Recently the Post Carbon Institute hosted a web chat called Enough is Enough: Exploring the path towards “America the Possible featuring the work of two authors working diligently to change the endless economic growth narrative so entrenched in today’s global society. James Gustave Speth is author of America the Possible:
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Have You Had Enough? A Plan for a Sustainable Economy

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
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  By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org [H]ere’s the deal: forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done. ~Paul Hawken This
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Words Never Heard from Obama or Romney: “Let’s Rethink Economic Growth”

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org In the debates and discussions leading up to the 2012 presidential election, there was not a hint that either political party was willing to question and reassess our dependence on endless economic growth in a world of finite resources. That is anathema to our political world. Our economy is measured and
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Demystifying the Demographic Dividend

Aug 9th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org. Over half the world’s population of 7 billion people is age 25 or under. The opportunities we provide these youths, and the choices they make – especially in terms of health, education, and jobs – will make a huge difference in our future, including whether global population rises to 10 billion
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Degrowth and Population Growth: Strengthening the Ties

May 31st, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org, May 30, 2012 During a week spent ensconced in the depths of the concept of degrowth at the Degrowth in the Americas conference, it was encouraging to find that population issues were interwoven  into plenaries and workshops throughout the week.  The issue is often viewed as taboo and/or the elephant in
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Degrowth in the Americas: Understanding and Changing Our Worldview

May 15th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, May 15, 2012 A full agenda was on tap here at the first main day of the Degrowth in the Americas conference. Below is some of what was discussed at the morning session, which set the stage for this week-long event. It kicked off with a showing of the film Journey of
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Is the World Ready for Gross National Happiness?

Apr 9th, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org, April 9, 2012 Happiness is back in the news, at least at the United Nations. If you paid close attention, you were reminded that the UN unanimously adopted a resolution last year based on the concept of Gross National Happiness. Officially called UN Resolution 65/309, “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to
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The Growing Discussion on Measuring Economic Growth

Mar 1st, 2012 | By
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By Suzanne York, HowMany.org, Feb. 29, 2012 Economic growth is virtually always in the news. Stories about the economy and individual companies often focus on successful growth or bemoan it’s absence. Our politicians repeatedly promise more economic growth. The reality is that we live in a world of finite resources, many of which are becoming
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