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How Could Society Be Happier Beyond GDP? Free International Day of Happiness Webinar
“If we use the wrong measures, we will strive for the wrong things” – Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

Join Happy City and Network of Wellbeing for a free webinar to mark International Day of Happiness and the anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s famous speech about the weaknesses of measuring societal progress only in terms of a growing economy.

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.

Happy City recently 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.

During this webinar we will discuss:
• The problems with the current economic model of measuring progress only in terms of GDP;
• The potential solutions, including the new Thriving Places Index in the UK;
• How we can work together to create a fairer, greener future for all.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions if you'd like to. We hope you can join us there!

Mar 20, 2018 6:00 PM in London

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