Beyond GDP: Measuring our progress Charles Seaford, Sorcha Mahoney, Mathis Wackernagel, Joy Larson and Rene Ramirez Gallegos

It is now widely accepted that one must move beyond viewing GDP as the critical measure of a nation’s progress and recognise it for what it is – a measure of economic exchange, which is itself a means to an end; the ‘end’ being the achievement of ‘sustainable well-being’.  In this paper, the authors focus on ways of measuring environmental sustainability and well-being, as well as offering a view from the global South which entails measures of both of these.

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(This paper was originally published in ”The Global Transition 2012: Earth Summit Rio June 2012” and is available at