New Economy

Maryland Launches Genuine Progress Indicator
by Scott Gast
By changing what they measure, Marylanders can see for themselves whether chasing the benefits of continued economic growth is worth the costs.
Economic Recovery, Hawaiian Style
by Lurline Wailana McGregor
What indigenous economies can teach us about abundance.
Why Everyone Suffers in Unequal Societies
by Brooke Jarvis
An interview with epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson, whose research shows that what the healthiest and happiest societies have in common is not that they have more, but that what they have is more equitably shared.
Why is Costa Rica Smiling?
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
How a focus on peace is helping this Central American country top the Happy Planet Index.
Putting the Science of Happiness Into Practice
by John de Graaf
Countries around the world are beginning to apply the science of well-being to the decisions they make. News from the 5th International Conference on Gross National Happiness.
Looking Backward: Economics and the Cult of Yesterday
by Jonathan Rowe
GDP and productivity don't measure what's really going on in the economy—or in people's lives. Jonathan Rowe on measuring what matters.
Costa Rica
Susan Hardman photographs Costa Rica, which topped the 2009 Happy Planet Index. The Index takes into consideration factors such as a country's ecological footprint and life expectancies.
Path to a Peace Economy
by David Korten
A persistent pattern of violence against people, community, and nature is inherent in the institutional structure of our existing economy. We can’t resolve our current economic crisis with marginal regulatory adjustments. It is time to rethink and restructure.
The Economics of Happiness
by Saamah Abdallah
In France, a ground-breaking commission of leading economists suggests that nations look beyond GDP.
Just the Facts :: How the Middle Class Got Stuck
by Noah Grant, Layla Aslani, Doug Pibel
Surging prices, stagnant wages, spiralling debt. This is what stuck feels like.
Living Wealth: Better Than Money
by David Korten
If there is to be a human future, we must bring ourselves into balanced relationship with one another and the Earth. This requires building economies with heart.
Economics of Life in Balance
by Regina Gregory
What an economy that worked for Pacific Islanders for thousands of years may have to teach us about how to live today.
The Great Turning as Compass and Lens
by Joanna Macy
The Great Turning invites us to lift our eyes from the cramped closet of short-term thinking and see the larger historical landscape.
Bhutan's Secret for Happiness
by Pamela Chang
Gross National Happiness is the country's priority.
What Can Congregations Do?
by Richard Lang
Three steps for congregations towards creating new economic practices of sharing