Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Joshua Farley, Ecological Economist

Good interview over at WorldChanging with the Ecological Economist Joshua Farley. I like this part when asked how he would replace GDP

What we really want is a measure of Quality of Life, not consumption. Almost by definition, quantifying quality of life represents a real challenge. We have proposed a measure of quality of life that includes subjective estimates of well-being (basically just surveys asking people how satisfied they are with their lives) as well as objective measures of opportunities available for satisfying the entire range of human needs. Drawing on the work of Manfred Max-Neef, we have proposed a list of human needs that are stable across time and cultures, including subsistence, reproduction, security, affection, understanding, participation, leisure, spirituality, creativity/emotional expression, identity and freedom.
The whole thing is good, give it a read.

via WorldChanging

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