Quality of Life Indicators December 2017 in Context by Hazel Henderson
Global Current Issues and Trends: January 2018
Total US nonfarm payroll employment in December increased by 148,000 less than most forecasters expected. Revisions for October and November combined were 9,000 less than previously reported. The national unemployment rate remains at 4.1%. In 2016, job gains totaled 2.2 million, compared with 2017 job gains totaling 2.1 million, indicating the strong ending to the Obama presidency. Unemployed persons remain at 6.6 million. This performance might be jeopardized if Trump’s plan to cut legal immigration or deport productive young DACA residents from the USA. Trump’s decision to backslide on the Paris Climate agreement, see “Climate Risking the Trump Brand” had little effect on the COP23 Climate Summit in Germany. However, since the G20 Hamburg Summit, July 7-8, Germany’s ...
The Global Boom in New Indicators
The perennial debate over whether income is a good measure of development continues. Today there is wide agreement that many other measures besides per-capita income are needed for measuring overall progress, from health and education to environmental quality as GlobeScan Surveys show, first by Ethical Markets Media in conjunction with the European Parliament’s Beyond GDP conference November 2007, by Ethical Markets in 2010 and by Ethical Markets with the ICAEW and Tomorrow’s Company in 2013 (www.Globescan.com and www.beyond-gdp.eu). The European Commissions’ Conference Beyond GDP in November, 2007, shows a new level of official interest. Britain’s New Economics Foundation released its Happy Planet Index following all the publicity around Bhutan’s efforts to measure Gross National Happiness (GNH) in that Buddhist ...