Author Gretchen Legler recently visited Bhutan and reported on the country’s efforts toward Gross National Happiness, an alternative means of measuring economic progress (her essay, “The Happiness Index,” appears in the January/February 2014 issue of Orion). Legler was joined in a discussion of people-oriented economic development by author, filmmaker, and Right Livelihood Award winner Helena Norberg-Hodge, and by popular author and philosopher Charles Eisenstein.
People-Centered Economic Development is a business for social purpose which has operated in the UK as a registered company since 2004. It derives from a 1996 paper by the same name and began in a practical sense with our localised economic development work in Russia. Good to see others working toward the same ends.