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Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)

A bold step has been taken to recognize and keep track of issues that concern Canadians.  A Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) is launched.
http://www.ciw.ca/en/Home.aspx The model could be useful anywhere.

The following articles report on the launch.

Experts develop measure that looks beyond GDP  to gage quality of life and spur policy change.

Editorial – An Index of wellbeing

Article by Roy Romanow, Chair of the Institute of Wellbeing, which is developing the CIW.

The Next Step: is to make such a detailed look at well-being official. The Canadian government did not respond when the House of Commons
passed Motion M-385: “That, in the opinion of this House, the government should develop and report annually on a set of social, environmental and economic indicators of the health and well-being of people, communities and ecosystems in Canada.”   The Atkinson Charitable Foundation, however, was keen to see such measures developed and provided the start up funding that lead to the Institute of Wellbeing and its Canadian Index

The debate in the House of Commons is recorded at: http://www.SustainWellBeing.net/7GI/Hansard-June2-03.shtml

Encouraged your MP to support well-being measurement.  His or her contact information can be found by phoning 1 (800) 622-6232
or at: http://www.parl.gc.ca    “Current Parliamentarians” is top and centre on this Government of Canada web site.

An explanation of some of the ways in which a well-being can be measured are posted at:
http://www.SustainWellBeing.net/well-beingtopics.shtml

Step by step.
Best wishes.
Yours, Mike N.

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