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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Friday, January 11, 2008

State of the World 2008 Released

Here's a press release from the Worldwatch Institute:

Pioneering entrepreneurs, nongovernmental organizations, and governments around the globe are now inventing the Earth's first sustainable global economy, according to State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy. In response to climate change and other environmental problems, these leaders are field-testing a remarkable array of economic innovations that offer surprising and hopeful new opportunities for long-term prosperity.

"Once regarded as irrelevant to economic activity, environmental problems are drastically rewriting the rules for business, investors, and consumers, affecting over $100 billion in annual capital flows," say project co-directors Gary Gardner and Thomas Prugh.

The world economy is now at grave risk from environmental threats, but those threats are also creating an unprecedented wave of innovation from both the private and public sectors, Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin said at the recent press conference in Washington, D.C. "That is now giving us a fighting chance of stabilizing the world's atmosphere and dealing with the array of other environmental problems we now face," said Flavin.

Want to learn more about State of the World 2008? Check our quick links
· State of the World 2008 Discussion Questions. Recommended for business leaders, book clubs, advanced students, classrooms, faith-based groups, policymakers, and their staff.
· Innovations: Ideas Outlined in State of the World 2008. From carbon trading and manufacturing efficiencies to new ways of raising food, pioneers are sowing the seeds for a sustainable economy.
· Photo Slideshow: State of the World 2008 in Pictures. See photos of nature's economic contributions, "gross national happiness" in Bhutan, and other innovations mentioned in State of the World 2008.
· State of the World 2008 Audio Hub. Listen to a podcast with project co-directors Gary Gardner and Tom Prugh, or hear authors and journalists discuss the book at a Washington, D.C. press conference.


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