United Nations Development Programme, Head of Unit, Human Development Reports; former OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies; former Australian Bureau of Statistics project on Measures of Australia’s Progress.
I hope the CIW will shine a bright light on the many and varied ways in which Canada's wellbeing is changing. Public debate, democratic systems and ultimately all Canadians will be the richer as a result.
Hazel Henderson, D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, founder of Ethical Markets Media, is a futurist, evolutionary economist and author in the United States. She co-developed the GDP alternative Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators, co-organized the Beyond GDP conference for the European Commission, and with GlobeScan, sponsors the Beyond GDP surveys.
Trust our Canadian colleagues to take the lead in taking national accounts beyond macroeconomics and Gross Domestic Product (GDP)! I welcome the CIW as a huge step forward in measuring real wealth and quality of life.
Thomas (Tad) Homer-Dixon
CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo
Developing new measures of human wellbeing as a basis for sound policymaking is an essential first step if humankind is going to address its multiple economic, social and environmental challenges. The CIW composite index represents a major advance and brings Canada to the forefront of the global conversation about how to replace simplistic and dangerous GDP measures of human progress.
Director of the Australian National Development Index Limited (ANDI); a member of the Expert Reference Group for the Australian Bureau of Statistics project on Measures of Australia’s Progress; the Steering Committee for Community Indicators Victoria; and a long term participant and adviser in the OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies.
Engaging citizens in defining and measuring what matters most to them for the future development of their communities and their nation is one of the most important ways possible to strengthen both democracy and wellbeing. I'm involved with the CIW because it is a global leader and a model for Australia to follow.
Former Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics; Chair of the Global Executive Board, World Bank
There is widespread belief that we need to go beyond GDP to measure the progress of our societies but the methodology for doing so was not agreed. The CIW clearly intended to go about this in a professional way involving some of the best minds in Canada. It could provide a model for the rest of the world. As well as making a contribution based on my experience, I thought I could learn a lot from being involved in the process.