Counting What Matters: Why We Need Alternatives to the GDP

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November 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sir James Dunn Hall, Room G1, STU, Fredericton
Sir James Dunn Hall
Fredericton, NB E3B 9V7
Dr. Shaun Narine

Political Science Annual Public Lecture: “Counting What Matters: Why We Need Alternatives to the GDP” by Gwen Colman, GPI Atlantic

DATE:   16/11/17
TIME:   4:00 PM
LOCATION:   Sir James Dunn Hall, Room G1

Counting What Matters: Why We Need Alternatives to the GDP
by Gwen Colman, Executive Director, GPI Atlantic

What we measure shows what we value as a society. GPI Atlantic has worked on the forefront of the Genuine Progress movement in Canada and internationally to create new measures of progress that value both environmental and social factors that our conventional measures leave out of the conversation.

Gwen Colman, Executive Director of GPI Atlantic, will speak about how GPI Atlantic has helped governments and communities get their real concerns onto the policy agenda.

Prior to her role as Executive Director, Colman started the GPI Atlantic Youth Program, which became the inspiration for a world-wide youth movement toward creating genuine progress based on the four pillars of Gross National Happiness: environmental conservation; cultural preservation and promotion; sustainable economics; and good governance. This co-ordinated network of young volunteers spans 18 countries and is a force for youth led positive change. The GPI Atlantic youth program organizes: participative youth research projects; educational workshops and camps; and media projects.

Previous to her work with GPI Atlantic, Gwen worked as an editor and project manager on several large environmental impact statement and database projects. She has also worked as a small magazine editor and journalist and created workshops for young writers, as well as many other youth programs. She attended the University of Colorado and earned majors in Journalism and Chinese Languages.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Shaun Narine (460-0377 or

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