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Ronald Colman

The True Measures of Progress

Date:August 2009
Location:Bhutan

Dr. Ron Colman, head of GPI Atlantic, which created Nova Scotia’s Genuine Progress Index. He is currently an adviser to the Royal Government of Bhutan on maximizing the country’s Gross National Happiness.

Dr. Ronald Colman is founder and executive director of GPI Atlantic, a non-profit research group that has constructed an index of wellbeing and sustainable development called the Genuine Progress Index, using Nova Scotia as its test-bed. The GPI is a response to narrow measures like Gross Domestic Product, which record ecological destruction as economically positive. As Ron has put it, under such measures “we may appear to be richer, but our natural world is poorer.”