Measuring Progress: From Theory to Practice A Community Perspective. NatStats Sydney Friday, September 17, 2010. A Community Perspective. The most important community issues regarding measuring progress
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Friday, September 17, 2010
"Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans."
Robert F. Kennedy Address, University of Kansas, March 18, 1968
"Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.”
What do we mean by community indicators?Community Indicators are not simply about the progress of communities but developed, implemented, reviewed and sustained by a collaboration of widespread community representatives.
The idea of people taking charge of their own measurements of progress is a powerful and far reaching innovation that can bring about a new sense of civic engagement.