As a founding partner in the New Economy Working Group, IPS and its “Genuine Progress Project” are working to shift the economic system’s defining value from money to life, its locus of decision making from global to local, its favored dynamic from competition to cooperation, its defining ethic from externalizing costs to embracing responsibility, and its primary purpose from growing individual financial fortunes for a few to building living community wealth to enhance the health and well-being of everyone.
A key “action cluster” of the New Economy Working Group is Living Wealth Indicators. We believe the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) shows the greatest promise in advancing our transition from growth in GDP as the measure and goal of economic activity to improvements in human, social, and environmental health as the proper measure and goal. The U.S. State of Maryland was the first jurisdiction to put the GPI in place; Vermont soon followed, and other countries, states and municipalities are contemplating following suit.
The Genuine Progress project is coordinated by IPS Fellow Daphne Wysham. Our Maryland Field Director is David Hart.
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Shell-shocked Again, this Time because of Aurora
July 27, 2012 - For the victims of Colorado's recent tragedy, it's time we get our values straight and face the true costs of our trigger-happy culture. By Vicky Plestis, published in The San Antonio Express-News