Genuine Progress Project
Finding and promoting alternatives to the GDP.
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.
Stay up to date with our latest work at GenuineProgress.net
Why Would James Woolsey Back Solar Energy?
August 9, 2013 - National security and sustainability certainly make for an unlikely overlap of interests. By Chloe Holden
Climate Milestones in President Obama's Speech
June 26, 2013 - Obama is finally showing us he is willing to fight - on coal, on tar sands, and on climate. His apparent willingness to challenge the climate impacts of coal and tar sands - after years of silence on both topics - is cause for some celebration. By Daphne Wysham
Advancing Genuine Progress
April 8, 2013 - Standard economic growth indicators aren't yielding enough information, especially when it comes to inequality. By John Talberth and Daphne Wysham, published in The Anchorage (AK) Daily News and The (Bluffton, SC) Island Packet and The Charlotte Observer
Addressing Inequality in Maryland
March 28, 2013 - When assessing policies affecting our state and the well-being of all our citizens, we should be using a lens such as the Genuine Progress Indicator. By Karen Dolan and Rebecca Ruggles
Report: Closing the Inequality Divide
March 20, 2013 - A new IPS report lays out a strategy for fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland. By John Talberth
Inequality Is Hurting Us All
March 20, 2013 - If the levels of greater income equality of 1968 still prevailed today, the poorest fifth of Marylanders would be earning twice what they take home now. By John Cavanagh, published in Common Dreams and The Muscatine (IA) Journal
- Released March 20, 2013
By John Talberth
A new IPS report shows that Maryland’s new Genuine Progress Indicator offers a means to assess both the costs of inaction and the benefits of moving forward with progressive reforms, and to clearly convey costs and benefits of reforms to decision-makers, investors, and the public.