Genuine Progress Indicators: What and Why?
What's going on?
There is a whole heap of top-down approaches to Genuine Progress Indicators being developed here in NZ - both in academia and government.
What is our response as community?
What does the bottom-up approach look like?
What does it take for GPIs to be really 'genuine'?
Who's doing what?...more to come
Anew New Zealand
What and Why GPIs?
"Indicators have an important role in community development, at least in terms of motivating action on social, economic and environmental issues, and helping to establish citizens, business, government and organizations as having both an individual and collective role in building a sustainable community."
- Meg Holden, 2008 .
GPIs are an important tool for us to better determine the overall outcomes of our actions – they give us a clue as to whether we are developing within the parameters of environmental, social, economic, and cultural values and conditions (as opposed to relying on Gross Domestic Product and economic values). They do this because they enable us to clearly see the truth - the reality of the state of our environment, society, culture and economy. The important questions are: which indicators and indicators for who? We need to explore the silences - what are we not caring for?
GPIs are a tool that can be used to guide decision-making at a range of levels across government, community and business sectors. They offer an important role in community development in building a shared vision for what a society deems to be ‘genuine progress’. A bottom-up approach to GPIs can give that often rare opportunity for people of the community to see their own part in what a society is doing.
It is important to remember as Ron Coleman said: "Indicators are a second best option for when conscious decision making does not prevail". So indicators are not the ideal - but they can be a very powerful tool to help us see the truth, and when done in the right way, they will lead us down the path to conscious decision making.