Progress in the news - June 2011
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Progress in the news
- Limits to environmentalism (China Dialogue 30.06.2011)
In his vision of a no-growth, non-GDP-focused world existing and flourishing within ecological limits, UK sustainability expert Tim Jackson dodges some fundamental issues, according to Andrew Pendleton.
- How does your neighbourhood rank? New site lets you compare (The Star 30.06.2011)
Toronto has launched a unique website that could change how residents decide where to live, how charities decide where to operate, and how politicians decide where to spend taxpayers’ money.
- Toronto launches new open data map site: Wellbeing Toronto (Global Regina 30.06.2011)
The City of Toronto’s long-awaited Wellbeing Toronto map site launched today, giving users the ability to map 140 officially-defined neighbourhoods by dozens of different data points, from arson to breast cancer screening to sports facilities.
- In U.S., Government Jobs Pay in Wellbeing (Gallup 30.06.2011)
Federal employees, however, lag behind all workers in workplace wellbeing
- 'The Pursuit of Happiness': How Do Communities Make Us Happy? (The Atlantic 29.06.2011)
In advance of the Fourth of July, a look at public efforts to promote happiness—and what our governments can learn from them
- Underemployment Tougher on Highly Educated Americans (Gallup 29.06.2011)
Underemployment also adversely affects life ratings of Americans aged 30 to 64
- Happiness is a land called Oz (The Australian 29.06.2011)
One of the great lessons of the Clinton presidency in the US was that national prosperity creates a more coherent and ordered society.
- Sulak Sivaraksa: Happiness lies 'beyond GDP' (BBC Hardtalk 28.06.2011)
Thailand like many Asian countries has focused on rising GDP and national income as a sign of success but is that focus misplaced Sulak Sivaraksa thinks it is. (video interview)
- Wellingtonians fatter, happier and poorer (Dominion Post 28.06.2011)
We are happier and better educated – but we're also fatter, fewer businesses are opening and more people are unemployed, a new report has found.
- Australians are ranked the happiest people in the world in an OECD index (The Australian 28.06.2011)
Australian's are the happiest people in the world, according to an index measuring quality of life compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
- The Shrinking Pie: The End Of “Development”? (Counter Currents 28.06.2011)
Throughout the past two centuries economic growth has translated to an increased capability to support more humans with Earth’s available resources.
- Pre-revolution frustrations ignored (The Financial Times 27.06.2011)
Economists who praised Tunisia’s good growth before its revolution were looking at the wrong indicators, according to research that could hold important lessons for countries across the Middle East.
- Much toil ahead in mapping happiness (The Business Standard 27.06.2011)
How happy are we? The question, though subjective, has created a stir in the community of economists, more so in the community of welfare economists. Indians are yet to develop a way for measuring it. For that matter, few countries have.
- Money Can’t Buy Happiness — Or Can It? (TIME 24.06.2011)
Many people get sucked into the belief that having more money is the key to a better life. But it’s not.
- Universalists v exceptionalists (The Economist 24.06.2011)
A mighty contest whose outcome will determine China’s future
- Managing in a ‘Decade of Change’ (CNBC 24.06.2011)
The momentousness of change during the past 10 years inspired the editors of the Gallup Management Journal to review how Gallup covered events during this period.
- Mental well-being: A New York state of mind (Economist 23.06.2011)
Are city-dwellers less capable of dealing with stress than country-folk?
- World's Women Less Likely to Have Good Jobs (Gallup 23.06.2011)
Largest gender differences in the Middle East and South Asia
- Economics in pursuit of happiness (The Economic Times 23.06.2011)
Does money buy happiness? Are people living in rich countries happier than people in poorer countries?
- Guangzhou Ranks First in 2011 Quality of Life Index (News GD 23.06.2011)
On June 11, the 5th Forum on China Economic Growth and Business Cycle in Beijing listed Guangzhou as one of the top five places to live in China.
- Rwanda: Regional Meet Discusses Human Development (All Africa 22.06.2011)
Representatives from over 20 Africa countries are meeting in Kigali to discuss measures of attaining human development as well as creating awareness of the concept.
- World Bank Institute: We're also the data bank (Guardian 22.06.2011)
Video Aleem Walji, practice manager for innovation at the World Bank Institute, which assists and advises policy makers and NGOs, tells the Guardian's Activate summit in London about the organisation's commitment to open data
- Low-Income Britons Struggle With Their Wellbeing (Gallup 22.06.2011)
Physical health, healthy behaviors, access to basics all worse for low-income Britons
- China’s Happiness Has Not Grown With its Economy (Epoch Times 20.06.2011)
The propaganda specialists in Guangdong Province must have seen this one coming: Chinese aren’t very happy.
- The Pursuit of Happiness: What the Founders Meant—And Didn't (The Atlantic 20.06.2011)
People who take part in their communities and governments are happier than those who don't
- Seattle City Council endorses Happiness Initiative (MSNBC 20.06.2011)
The "pursuit of happiness" is written right into the Declaration of Independence. From that declaration came a proclamation in Seattle Monday, as City Council President Richard Conlin endorsed "The Happiness Initiative."
- Stingy, happy people (Sydney Morning Herald 20.06.2011)
Is happiness really all it's cracked up to be? It's not as strange a question as it sounds.
- Seattle council wants you on the ‘happiness team’ (KPLU 20.06.2011)
The Seattle City Council has unanimously endorsed The Happiness Initiative, reports Sustainable Seattle, an organization that develops regional indicators of well-being and sustainability.
- Beijing, Shanghai top China's well-being index (Silicon India 20.06.2011)
Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin cities of China have topped the list of the country's well-being index prepared by scholars as part of an academic report.
- Seattle City Council Endorses Happiness Initiative (Press Release Sustainable Seattle 20.06.2011)
The City Seattle Council has unanimously endorsed The Happiness Initiative, a program of Sustainable Seattle. City Council President Richard Conlin will present the Proclamation of support to Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of Sustainable Seattle.
- Unease in 'Happy Guangdong' (Wall St Journal 19.06.2011)
Disgruntled Migrants Dent Image Party Chief Wants to Project in China's Manufacturing Center
- Beijing, Shanghai top China's well-being index (China Daily 19.06.2011)
Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin topped the charts of a well-being index that is part of an academic report released on Saturday.
- Why Kenya needs quality education (Business Daily 18.06.2011)
Whenever I read policy statements about the value of high quality tertiary education and how it can be measured, I wonder why policy makers all over the world keep making the same mistakes.
- The Key to Happiness, a Simple Formula? (CNBC 17.06.2011)
The formula takes into consideration, among other things, outdoor activity, social interaction or temperature.
- Children living in poverty increases, but overall child well-being moves up (SunNews 17.06.2011)
While Camden County remains in the bottom half of New Jersey counties when it comes to child well-being, it has shown a slight improvement, according to the latest Kids Count report.
- Should S'pore look at a 'better life' index? (The Business Times 17.06.2011)
Late last month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released its first-ever Your Better Life Index - a tool that's part of a larger initiative to gauge the well-being and progress of society in its 34 member countries.
- Europeans' Happiness Doesn't Necessarily Fade With Age (Gallup 16.06.2011)
Older people fare better in wealthier European nations
- Setting the right goals (The Economic Times 16.06.2011)
At this century's start, leaders from every country agreed to pursue the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.
- Helsinki: Most livable city in the world (Monocle 15.06.2011)
Helsinki moved from 5th to 1st in Monocle's 2011 Quality of Life survey which judges the 25 most livable cities in the world.
- Justice Goes Global (The New York Times 15.06.2011)
You probably missed the recent special issue of China Newsweek, so let me bring you up to date.
- UN official says investing in women, children has "multiplier" effects (The People's Daily 15.06.2011)
Asha Rose Migiro, UN deputy secretary-general, said in the United Nations Tuesday that improving the health of women and children can spur significant progress towards the Millennium Development Goals on many fronts, despite tough economic conditions.
- What Makes Life Worthwhile? GDP Won't Tell You (The Atlantic 15.06.2011)
Should we measure a country's success by an outdated money-based metric, or look at other important factors, like happiness?
- Lauding immunization pledges, UNICEF says they will save millions of lives (UN News Centre 13.05.2011)
The UN Children’s Fund today congratulated the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization on its London conference in which public and private donors pledged $4.3 billion, which it said will save millions of lives.
- Quality of life in Beijing poor: Chinese report (The Thaindian 12.06.2011)
The quality of life in Beijing is worse than in other metropolitan cities in China like Guangzhou and Shanghai, says a new report.
- GDP versus GWB (The Daily Sun 12.06.2011)
Really we have grasped a strange paradox. It is gross domestic product.
- Data challenges in estimating the HDI: The cases of Cuba, Palau and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNDP News 10.06.2011)
There are many statistical and methodological challenges in estimating the annual Human Development Index.
- Venezuela ranks sixth in Gallup wellbeing survey (Press TV 10.06.2011)
For some people, Venezuela might seem like a stressing and overwhelming place, where the social system works within some sort of controlled chaos with an apparently everlasting background of poverty and a history of autocratic governments.
- Nordic childcare model best for economic and social wellbeing (The Irish Times 09.06.2011)
The Nordic model may not be perfect, but as recent OECD/Unicef analyses indicate, Scandinavian countries consistently fare among the best internationally on all the indicators of children’s wellbeing.
- Poor people have less healthy lives than rich (The Times of India 09.06.2011)
A new study has revealed that people who are less educated and have a lower income have a lower health-related quality of life over their whole lifespan than their wealthier and better-educated counterparts, and the gap is already fixed at age 20.
- The Happiest Countries in the World (The Atlantic 08.06.2011)
There is more to happiness than raw economic growth. What happens when you measure countries by employment, health care, and life satisfaction? The United States and Europe run in opposite directions.
- Corporate progress on environ, social, tangible (The Economic Times 08.06.2011)
When it comes to broad implementation of responsible business practices, company size matters most.
- National jobless rate tops 19% (Emirates 27/7 07.06.2011)
But UAE has one of lowest unemployment rates in region
- Aleem Walji, practice manager for innovation, The World Bank Institute (The Guardian 07.06.2011)
Activate asks Aleem Walji of The World Bank Institute, can entrepreneurs be both for profit, and for good?
- Greece has made progress but no time to relax: IMF (Reuters 07.06.2011)
Greece has made progress in tackling its debt crisis but cannot afford to relax the pace of reforms, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) senior representative in Greece told a banking conference on Tuesday.
- Africa should embrace new economic giants and boost social inclusion (UNDP News Room 06.06.2011)
African countries should develop closer cross-border ties in dealing with traditional and emerging partners so they can boost sustainable and inclusive growth, according to the African Economic Outlook 2011, launched today.
- The World's Happiest People (The Atlantic 06.06.2011)
Denmark regularly ranks among the world's happiest countries, and it also saved most Danish Jews during World War II. What explains the society's success?
- US doesn't make cut for happiest nations list (msnbc 06.06.2011)
What makes people happy? The question, which has been debated by philosophers for centuries, now is being tackled by international bureaucrats and the results are interesting, to say the least.
- What would Minnesota be like if... (Daily Planet 06.06.2011)
If Minnesota was truly committed to helping improve life for all its citizens, what would our state look like? We don’t have to imagine it; we just have to look at certain countries around the world already doing it.
- Wellbeing Study shows New Zealanders doing well (Sccop 06.06.2011)
The latest results from the International Wellbeing Study are producing interesting results, including that older people are happier, people in relationships are doing well, and New Zealanders’ level of happiness compares well with other countries.
- When will China's economy overtake America's? (Al Jazeera News 04.06.2011)
Global economic leadership will soon pass from the US to China, leaving nation little time to prepare for a new role.
- McCain: China’s political and social progress lacking (Foreign Policy 04.06.2011)
China is making huge strides in increasing its economic and military influence in Southeast Asia and around the world, but is not meeting its commitment to be a global leader due to a lack of progress on political reform, human rights, and support for rogue regimes, according to Sen.
- Measuring happiness not a simple matter of economics (China Daily 02.06.2011)
Most of us would agree that economic growth is a good thing. We should be celebrating the fact that at the end of the first quarter of 2011, Hong Kong's GDP grew 7.2 percent while the mainland achieved a rate of 9.7 percent in the previous 12 months.
- Zimbabwe: Growth, Capacity Utilisation a Mirage! (All Africa 02.06.2011)
Since the adoption of the multi-currency system, the economic outlook has apparently been positive.
- Data guzzlers (The Economist 01.06.2011)
How the world will use the internet in 2015
- How real is China's growth? (The Economist 01.06.2011)
I'm now back from China, and I'm going to resist the temptation to draw grand, sweeping conclusions based on two weeks jaunting around the country.
- Best place to live (The Jordon Times 01.06.2011)
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development last week held an important meeting on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.