- The Origins of Happiness, with Richard Layard
Today we can accurately measure happiness and we know much more about its causes, says Professor Layard. It turns out that getting richer is often not enough for real happiness. So now, instead of just looking at GDP, many policymakers around the world are focusing on how to raise the level of people's satisfaction with their lives, including their mental and physical health, for example.
- Poverty Is Never Just One Problem at a Time
Only a multidimensional approach can determine who is poor, how they are poor, and which deprivations they experience simultaneously. Indian policymakers need these details.
- Sustainable, Happy, Efficient: A Complete Indicator of Well-being
Only through a composite metric of progress and happiness can governments measure and deliver what matters most: sustainable well-being.
- Can Bioregionalism Go Global Before Collapse?
Bioregionalism proposes an alternative future in which overconsumption is drastically reduced, the natural environment is preserved, and proactive measures are taken to provide basic needs.
- The Politics of Happiness: What the Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being
How can governments use the latest research on well-being to improve the quality of life for all their citizens? What role can government policy play in creating individual happiness?
- Redefining Progress
Prahlad Singh Shekhawat attended the fourth Gross National Happiness conference in Bhutan this past November. He reports on the conference proceedings for us and shares some of his thoughts on the growing constellation of efforts to calculate alternative measurements of well-being.
- The Two-headed Problem of Asian Hydropolitics: Security and Scarcity
With the Tibetan plateau serving as a third pole of available water, and the rift widening between China and the Dalai Lama's government in exile, it is high time that innovative strategies be considered for conflict resolution and water scarcity in Asia.