President of Sustainable Measures, is an expert on sustainability indicators and the author of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators, used world-wide by organizations and communities working to measure progress toward long-term economic, social, and environmental quality of life. She established Sustainable Measures in 1993. She is also the Acting Director of the Community Indicators Consortium, a network of organizations and individuals using information to foster informed discourse and decision-making about local, regional, national, and global priorities.

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There has been a long overdue flurry of recent activity in developing better indicators of national progress, prosperity, well-being, and happiness. This activity has arisen from the growing recognition of the inappropriate misuse of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a proxy for these goals. This article reviews the history of GDP and what we …

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