FAQ on measuring quality of life: partial answer
>8. Carfree development---Will it work?Of course!
> Will it create better quality ofHere's the real comment...
>life? How does it get
From the book Affluenza, chapter 29 "Annual Checkups" discusses
alternatives to the GNP/GDP for measuring economic health. The
authors describe surveys on Denver - ranking it high as a "livable" but
at the same time surveys describe horrible traffic problems.
Sometimes I think most surveys are just random number generators.
Anyway, the authors describe the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). I
have heard of other measures based on the same intention.
So, there are ways to measure Quality of Life that economists and
politicians can, if they wanted to, make use of. People need to
insist their newspapers, TV News departments, and local and state
leaders make use of them. The most fruitful strategy may be to focus
on one, the GDI, as it seems to have a good start.
I also recommend Thom Hartmann's "The Last Days of Ancient Sunlight" as
he has made comments on this matter.
"Accountants have to learn to subtract as well as add" [not an exact
quote. not sure who said this.]
I wouldn't mind doing some research on this question and writing an
answer to publish. Comments, advice? Anyone want to help research?
Daren Scot Wilson
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
-- W. Shedd