Friday, April 01, 2011

Nic Marks on the "Happy Planet Index"

I have long been a fan of the New Economics Foundation in England because I think they are doing some of the most creative thinking about how we might organize and conduct our political and economic lives in order to promote sustainability, social justice, personal fulfillment, and the common good. They also take into account the realities we will likely confront in the face of the end of the Age of Cheap and Abundant Oil. Here is a recent talk by Nic Marks, one of the founders of NEF, on their tool called "The Happy Planet Index." In it, Nic also talks about the importance of thinking in visionary terms and not just scaring people with worse case scenarios. I thought many sustainability activists might be interested in watching the talk. It is just 17 minutes long.

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