A focus on economic growth and GDP as an end in itself has delivered neither equitable or sustainable wellbeing. The global economy doubled in 25 years, but this has been accompanied by carbon emissions rising to dangerous levels. Inequality is reaching such epic proportions that the top 1% now have more money than the bottom 99%. There is an urgent need for new ways to measure our progress.
On Monday 19th February Happy City launched a new Thriving Places Index to help address this urgent need through providing a new local framework of indicators to measure what really counts; namely those factors which make our communities happy, healthy and well.