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Global Women's Project | Thu, Mar 1, 2012

Buen Vivir: Redefining Wealth and Happiness

This month's briefing paper focuses on the concept of buen vivir, "living well." Incorporated into the Bolivian and Ecuadorean Constitutions, buen vivir is founded on the principle of respect for all living things. It strives to achieve balance and harmony through social community and congruous relationships among all living things. Read "Buen Virir: Redefining Wealth and Happiness" to learn more about the concept and the need for U.S. society to make use of it.

Reframing the Economy through Women's Eyes

Global Women's Project | Wed, Apr 27, 2011

Reframing the Economy through Women's Eyes

Maria Riley presented “Reframing the Economy through Women’s Eyes” at the 2011 Ecumenical Advocacy Days. The presentation discusses problems with our current economic model and provides alternatives for moving forward toward a more sustainable and just future. It emphasizes and uses Feminist Political Economics and highlights the importance of accounting for unpaid household care work.

Measuring the Quality of Life: Beyond the GDP

Global Women's Project | Thu, Mar 17, 2011

Measuring the Quality of Life: Beyond the GDP

“Among economists, social scientists, public policy advocates and a number of political leaders there is growing agreement that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an inadequate instrument for measuring human and societal well-being. In the briefing paper ‘What’s Wrong with the GDP?’ Julia Wartenberg points out that the problem is not with the GDP but with an inappropriate application of the GDP.” In this briefing paper, Maria Riley discusses the progress which has been made in developing complementary measures to the GDP.

What's Wrong with the GDP?

Global Women's Project | Thu, Nov 18, 2010

What's Wrong with the GDP?

The Gross Domestic Product measurement (GDP) has come to represent the economic well-being of a society, thereby relaying how successful that society is. Yet in looking at the unemployment numbers of this past summer, our society does not seem to be enjoying the economic well-being that the GDP supposedly illustrates. Read “What’s Wrong with the GDP?” to learn about the need for complementary indicators. This briefing paper, written by Julia Wartenberg, discusses what the GDP does and does not measure and argues for the incorporation of care work (paid and unpaid) into our measurement of societal well-being. Download the paper here.

A Crisis Ignored - Briefing Paper

Global Women's Project | Mon, Sep 20, 2010

A Crisis Ignored - Briefing Paper

Worldwide women have been entering the paid labor force for a number of years. Unfortunately, our current social contract identifies the work-life conflict as a personal rather than a political problem. As a result, families around the world suffer and are left to address child and elder care on their own, often times with inadequate solutions. Read “A Crisis Ignored” to learn about the care crisis and how it has manifested in the United States and abroad.

Rio + 20: Message falls short of planetary needs (August 2012)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Rio + 20: Message falls short of planetary needs (August 2012)

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. In an article appeared on Center Focus, Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari provides an assessment of the outcomes.

The original Rio Conference, held in 1992, formally endorsed the concept of sustainable development: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  “The limits of the Earth ecosystem may have seemed a compelling factor to consider then, but perhaps never so compelling as it is at the current moment,” the article states.

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