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‘Genuine Progress Indicator’ on tap at conference

May 26, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Experts in happiness and wellbeing from around the United States are set to gather in Burlington for a conference devoted to judging social progress — or gross national happiness — with a genuine progress indicator.

The event, Thursday and Friday at the University of Vermont’s Dudley H. Davis Center, brings together people who advocate moving away from the purely economic measure of gross national product as an indicator of well-being, replacing it with a broader range of indicators ranging from environmental quality to child health.

Organizers say thousands of articles and blogs have been devoted to the effort in recent years. Now they want to explore the nuts and bolts of building a movement and developing government policies using the new indicators.

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