Human progress: Forget GDP and GNP - The Social Progress Imperative
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How do you measure human welfare?
Many people use GDP, but it has its own problems. Here are a few alternatives: http://b-gat.es/1g9C3PR
See the Michael porter post further down and remember Robert Kennedy's speech:
Its a little bit too USA nationalistic and needs a global update but still worth a listen.