The Measurement Revolution has already started

Over the last few years, and even more so after Rio+20, many calls have been heard for new tools to measure development towards sustainability, to measure wellbeing and happiness of people. And now there also is the challenge of another Eureka moment. Wow, let’s see if there is one. Stiglitz stated: ‘If we measure [...]

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Quality of life is essential to Corporate Social Responsibility

By guest author In the collective consciousness, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is usually associated with only ecological and philanthropic activities, but there is more to CSR than that. CSR is about engaging with the social environment in which one lives. For better understanding I refer to a key [...]

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How respecting rules can lead to a better life

By guest author Individual freedom can only exist within the social context in which people live, and among the ways in which it is possible to exercise this freedom, that of respecting democratic rules deserves a special place.  One of the brightest examples is given by the the Athenian democracy, where the [...]

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The Meaning of Better Lives

We all want a better life, but what does this mean, and how to measure it?  We know that happiness and well-being are not just a question of GDP and that we also need to take into account elements such as education, your household’s income, standard of housing and access to vital elements such as clean water and [...]

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Well-being and the Art of Measuring the Invisible

By Romina Boarini, OECD “Here is my secret. It is very simple: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eyes”. So said Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s Little Prince, and he was right. Many of the things that are essential to our lives, friendship, trust in others, values, [...]

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