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Overview

Wikiprogress is a global platform for sharing information in order to evaluate social, environmental and economic progress. It is open to all members and communities for contribution – students and researchers, civil society organisations, governmental and intergovernmental organisations, multilateral institutions, businesses, statistical offices, community organisations and individuals – to anyone who has an interest in the concept of “progress”.

Wikiprogress was launched in beta on the 26th of October, 2009 at the OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy in Busan, Korea. Officially, the beta status of the wiki was taken out on February 14th, 2013


Mission: the core mission of Wikiprogress is to connect worldwide organisations and individuals wishing to develop new, smarter measures of progress.

Wikiprogress Annual Report

Read the Wikiprogress Annual Report 2012.


Background

What would happen if we didn’t measure the 100-metre sprint by how quickly people ran; what if the measure was how nicely they ran or how good they looked when they were running? Because we choose to measure the success of the 100-metre sprint by time, we strive to be the fastest.

What we choose to measure is what we end up defining as success.

The same can be said of measuring national progress. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used as a benchmark of national success for some time now, but it fails to take into account the things that really matter, like our environment, education, health and happiness.

In recent years there has been an explosion of activity with organisations from around the world developing new measures of progress and calling for indicators that look beyond economic growth in measuring wellbeing.

The OECD, one of the leading organisations in this movement, has hosted three World Forums on Measuring Progress with a 4th OECD World Forum coming up in October 2012.

Wikiprogress recognises that it is not just about developing progress indicators, but developing a collaborative community that works together to determine what and how we measure the well-being of societies. Such knowledge can not be determined by a single organisation or NSO, but by working with initiatives, governments, organisations and individuals all over the world.

This echoes the concept put forward world-renowned economist and pioneer of the progress movement Joseph Stiglitz, who speaking at the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress called for a ‘global dialogue’ on measuring progress: ‘part of the objective of rethinking our measurement systems is to generate a national and global dialogue on what we care about.’[1]

What you can find on Wikiprogress

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How to get involved

Wikiprogress encourages everyone to be involved. See the many ways below to be involved, along with links to support pages:

Edit an article
No edit is too large or too small, as long as it is in accordance with the guidelines for content. Fixing a spelling error or developing content by adding text, references, images, links and data to an article are crucial to the development of Wikiprogress.
See more on how to edit an article

Create an article
Create an article on a topic that has not yet been covered on Wikiprogress. Be sure to search for it first and if the article already exists, please edit the exiting article with your information. See more on how to create an article

Add a progress initiative
Add a progress initiative by creating a new article with the name of the initiative. Be sure to include an overview, background and key projects/findings; link to other relevant Wikiprogress articles and be sure to add a link to the initiative's website.

Add an event
To add an event, go to the Wikiprogress calendar on the homepage, click on "add event" and follow the instructions. Once you have saved the event it will automatically appear in the calendar.

Write a blog
If you have something interesting that you would like to write about for the ProgBlog, please send us a brief overview at info@wikiprogress.org and we'll get back to you.

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The Wikiprogress community

The Wikiprogress community consists of all organisations, initiatives and individuals interested in developing measures of progress, and in measuring progress, using many indicators, such as the traditional measure of GDP, but also including alternative measures such as health, freedom, happiness, education, access to clean water, and so on. Specifically, the community is for:

The Wikiprogress community seeks to foster the discussion on indicators of progress and promote the use of these indicators at regional, national and international levels.

Key Partners

Correspondents
Wikiprogress Correspondents act as the focal point of the Global Project's growing "network of networks" for their area. Correspondents ensure that the rest of the large and growing global movement can learn from common initiatives. Correspondents assist others in the same area to learn, share and achieve common goals. See a list of Wikiprogress Correspondents.

Content partners
Wikiprogress Content partners develop and monitor information relevant to their fields of expertise.Content partners develop content in Wikiprogress articles relative to their field.

Friends of the Wiki
Friends of the Wiki are an informal advisory board of experts from different areas in the progress community. Friends provide the wiki with guidance for the overall objectives of Wikiprogress and foster the development of articles, databases, funds and interactive communication tools. For further information, please contact info@wikiprogress.org

What do I gain by participating?

Quality of content on Wikiprogress

The Wikiprogress team along with the community control the quality of the content of articles (see guidelines). For questions regarding the content, Global Project members are able to assist. If the question is not resolved, we will consult the Friends of the Wiki. Eventually, with a larger community, a specific editorial role will be allocated to active users with relevant backgrounds.

See also

References

  1. From Measuring Production to Measuring Well-being, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Presentation to the Productivity Commission, Melbourne, July 29, 2010

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