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Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index on TED talk

August 25, 2011

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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index …, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? […]

Crossroads – Will you awaken as the 21st century dawns?

August 25, 2011

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The world in which we are living is changing faster than it takes to write about it. Although change is a constant of life, something we can reasonably expect to happen, the speed and the extent to which it is happening in the world today raises some fundamental questions about the way we live and […]

The global paradox

August 21, 2011

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The strange paradox of our times is that, although we do everything we possibly can for the purpose of being secure, comfortable and happy, it seems that we tend to reach the exact opposite of what we are looking for. The figure on the right is an exponential curve – a curve representing a mode […]

Measuring Real Progress by Ron Colman

August 20, 2011

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Measuring Real Progress by Ron Colman All of us— politicians, economists, journalists,  and the general public—have been completely hooked on the illusion that equates economic growth with well-being and prosperity. This was not the intention of those who created the GDP. Simon Kuznets, its principal architect, warned 40 years ago: The welfare of a nation […]

Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development, TED Global, Oxford 2010

August 20, 2011

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Acknowledging what everyone knows today, that human and industrial growth has strained the Earth’s resources, Johan Rockstrom identifies nine “planetary boundaries” that have been trespassed and says the changes they imply in terms of the behaviour of Earth’s ecosystems are unknown. Yet, we have the science to recognise this and change behaviour.