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University of Vermont–Burlington, VT
May 29 – 30, 2014: Conference
May 31 – June 1, 2014: Trainings
“Happiness & WellBeing: Building a National Movement” will be the fifth North American Conference focused on the topics of Gross National Happiness, well-being as a policy focal point, and measuring what matters. It is inspired by the High Level Meeting: Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm held at the United Nations April 2-4, 2012. The event will consist of two days of conference-style speakers, panels, and workshops (May 29 & 30), followed by two days of in-depth, topic-specific trainings (May 31 & June 1).
The Vermont Happiness Survey 2013 Draft Report
Teen avoids Jail with Affluenza defense. Is Gross National Happiness the Antidote?
Measuring What Matters in Vermont, New Economy Week Event Oct 2013
How can we build an economy that might work for all of us, unless we can define what it looks like? To define it, we need to say what we want it to look like, and then figure out if we are getting it. That means we need to measure our progress in terms of what we really want. Luckily, in Vermont, there are a bunch of initiatives aimed at doing just that: measuring what matters. These measurements will be the building blocks of a new and sustainable economy in Vermont.
The keynote speaker was Gus Speth of the Vermont Law School, author of America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy.
10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science
Written by Belle Beth Cooper
I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are ten of the best ones I found.
Identify Your Dominant Values!
What are the guiding principles in your life? Take the Schwartz Value Scale and compare your values on 10 dimensions from hedonism to benevolence? This online survey takes about 5 minutes. When your take this survey, from our friends at BeyondThePurchase.Org, you will learn which values are most important to you and how your value priorities influence your ideologies, attitudes, and actions in political, religious, environmental, and other domains. You will also see how your values compare to others.
Results of VT GPI study out today – July 30, 2013
Made available by Jon D. Erickson
Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
University of Vermont
A summary of our latest and greatest estimates of the Vermont
Genuine Progress Indicator. Eric Zencey and I presented to Vermont’s
Government Accountability Committee today as a pre-release of the full
report out later in August. A huge thanks for all the hard work of so
many Gundiees in getting the GPI built, especially Matt Burke, Sam
Carlson, and Zach Zimmerman.
If you want the Reader’s Digest version (does anyone under 30 know what
that means?), the Associated Press did a short piece, picked up here by
the Kansas City Star
There’s also a short article in VT Digger
or read the pdf here:
Findings and Recommendations here.
August 20 is Earth Overshoot Day
August 20 is Earth Overshoot Day, the approximate date humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can renew in a year. In just 7 months and 20 days, we have demanded a level of ecological resources and services — from food and raw materials to sequestering carbon dioxide from fossil fuel emissions — equivalent to what Earth can regenerate for all of 2013. Humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year.
For the rest of the year, we are operating in overshoot. We will maintain our ecological deficit by depleting stocks of fish, trees and other resources, and accumulating waste such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans. As our level of consumption, or “spending,” grows, the interest we are paying on this mounting ecological debt — shrinking forests, biodiversity loss, fisheries collapse, food shortages, degraded land productivity and the build-up of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and oceans — not only burdens the environment but also undermines our economies. Climate change — a result of greenhouse gases being emitted faster than they can be absorbed by forests and oceans — is the most widespread impact of ecological overspending.
Gross National Happiness Baseline National US Survey Results
I have attached a link to our partner website for the online GNH Survey at HappyCounts.org which today reported the US National Baseline Survey Results. These results show the random sample baseline and the baseline data for online opt-in surveys as well as some supplementary objective measures that fit with the GNH model. GNHUSA is partnering with Happycounts.org on the use of this Survey tool and we have some Vermont Data as part of this and we expect to do a random sample for a Vermont Baseline this winter. Happy New Year and good work Happycounts.org!
Take the New GNH Happiness Survey now!
Take the new GNH Happiness Initiative Survey. This online survey takes about 12 minutes and provides you with an interesting snapshot of your level of well-being across 10 Domains and a comparison with a national average of all persons in the US who have taken the survey. Your data is not personally identified to maintain confidentiality and the statistics are aggregated in the reports. Help us grow the number of surveys. If you include your zip code on the form we will be able to accumulate data for different places. Have fun! Many people report that the questions are very interesting and provide new ways to think about our lives and our communities.
The Four Pillars of GNH
• the promotion of equitable and sustainable socio-economic development
• the preservation and promotion of cultural values
• the conservation of the natural environment, and
• the establishment of good governance.
Measuring Happiness: Social Media as a Laboratory
A talk by Chris Danforth of UVM’s Computational StoryLab at the ECHO Cafe Scientifique, Burlington, VT in November 2011..
Robert F. Kennedy Challenges Gross Domestic Product – 1968
What is GNH?
What people are saying about GNH?
“What you measure affects what you do, If you don’t measure the right thing, you don’t do the right thing.”
Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz
“The legacy of this crisis will be a worldwide battle over ideas – over what kind of economic system is likely to deliver the greatest benefit to the most people.”
Joseph Stiglitz, coined G-192, chaired group of experts that prepared General Assembly of the UN on the economic crisis in June 2009
“We should take seriously the idea of measuring our gross national happiness, because it brings us back to our founding ideals. It makes us ask: Are we improving as a nation in protecting and exercising our right to pursue happiness? What can we – what should we do differently? If we’re serious about pursuing happiness, what should we as citizens demand of our leaders, present and future?”
Arthur C. Brooks, Gross National Happiness: Why Happiness Matters for America and How We Can Get More of It
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