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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Call for Papers: Happiness and Capability Workshop

From the ISQOLS Listserve:

I am writing to inform the ISQOLS network about the Happiness and Capability: Measurement, Theory and Policy workshop organized by the Chair in Economic Theory and Policy at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a platform to debate and appraise these two strands of well-being research in the social sciences in general and economics in particular. The workshop will be held in the former Augustinian convent Soeterbeeck (Ravenstein) and brings together experts-economists, philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, and policy makers-working on the frontier of the theoretical and empirical characteristics of well-being.

Call for papers:

Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to submit a proposal no longer than 500 words. Submissions for sessions are strongly encouraged. Sessions would consist of three to four papers or a roundtable discussion with 3-4 speakers. A session proposal should contain, in addition, title and description of the theme of the session in up to 500 words, and the name and contact information of the session organizer.

All submissions will be considered for a planned edited volume.

Please send all your queries, abstracts or proposals to


January 31, 2008: proposal submission
February 28, 2008: notice of acceptance or rejection June 30, 2008:
completed paper

Keynote speakers:

Ruut Veenhoven, The Netherlands, (Erasmus University Rotterdam).
Des Gasper, The Netherlands, (Institute for Social Studies).
Jon Hall, France, (OECD).

For further information please see

All the very best,

Ramzi Mabsout

PhD candidate in economics and ethics
Radboud University Nijmegen
Economics Department TvA 5.1.70
Postbus 9108
6500 HK Nijmegen
tel: +31 24 36 115899


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