Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Beyond GDP - Update from Conference Organizers

Dear Beyond GDP Participants,

On behalf of the European Commission, European Parliament, OECD, WWF and the Club of Rome, many thanks to each of you for your participation at the Beyond GDP event. The presentations and discussion amongst speakers, panelists and participants were rich on substance and engaging. All told, over 650 participants from more than 50 nations participated in person, and over 3,700 visitors came to the website during the event, where live video of conference proceedings was available.

Speaker presentations are now posted to the website, and can be found either by speaker name or in the context of the conference and expert workshop programmes:

In addition, Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment, has blogged about the event, and invites you to continue your contributions to the Beyond GDP discussion there:

In the coming days, conference proceedings and the full video archives will also be online.

The Beyond GDP conference constitutes a key milestone in the ongoing effort to improve our measures of progress, true wealth, and well-being.
The ideas and initiatives shared at the conference will play an important role in shaping the future direction of research, policy making and public understanding of these issues.

Again, thank you for coming to the event, and best wishes for your future work in this area.


Aaron Best
Project Manager, Beyond GDP
Ecologic gGmbH

Oliver Zwirner
Project Co-ordinator, Beyond GDP
European Commission


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