Published on March 19, 2010

OECD – The Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies

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In the midst of a severe global recession, where the traditional consumerist-driven growth models of capitalism came under intense scrutiny, Governments, the media and the public at large questioned the economic situation and searched for alternative models of understanding and measuring progress in societies, beyond economic measurements such as GDP. There is now a window of opportunity to create arguments for alternative models of social progress to an unusually receptive global audience.

The Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies has been set up by the OECD with partners to capture the ongoing debates, research and thinking around these issues in order to support a change in the public debate about progress and introduce new measures to serve as a touchstone for how citizens, media and governments think about social progress.

As part of this wider programme of work, Involve and the Young Foundation were commissioned to produce a narrative paper that investigated alternative measures of social progress.

For more information please contact Edward Andersson: edward@involve.org.uk

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