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Measuring Social Inclusion and Quality of Life Beyond GDP

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 27, 2012
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Have a question for the panelists? Email aseijas@as-coa.org or tweet at @AmerQuarterly.

Keynote Speaker:

  • José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International Affairs, Columbia University; Former Under-Secretary-General, United Nations

Panelists:

  • José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International Affairs, Columbia University; Former Under-Secretary-General, United Nations (Moderator)
  • Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy, AS/COA; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly
  • Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Hauke Hartmann, Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

“Social inclusion” seems to be the term du jour, but what does it really mean? And how do we track and measure quality of life beyond the traditional economic indicators? Join us for a special evening that brings together experts to tackle this issue of how we can look more accurately at economic and social satisfaction and inclusion, especially as we emerge from the global economic crisis.

José Antonio Ocampo, chair of the economic and political development concentration at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Colombian minister of finance and public credit, will keynote and moderate a panel of international experts from Americas Quarterly, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. They will focus on four new indices: the Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index, the OECD Better Life Index (BLI) the Bertelsmann Transformation Index, and the Sustainable Governance Indicators. Panelists will discuss and debate the indices' relevance to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Audience participation will be welcome.

AQ Fall 2012Americas Quarterly will also launch its Fall 2012 issue, “Meet Latin America’s Real Middle Class,” and have copies available for purchase. As well, there will be opportunities to create your own BLI on site.

Registration Fee:  This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

 

 

 

Event Information: Ryan Berger at rberger@as-coa.org or 1-212-277-8393.
Press: Adriana La Rotta at alarotta@as-coa.org or 1-212-277-8384.
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 3:00p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012.

José Antonio Ocampo

Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University

José Antonio Ocampo is professor of professional practice, director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at and a member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He also currently heads a Commission to review the activities of the International Monetary Fund’s Independent Evaluation Office. Prior to his appointment, Mr.

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Christopher Sabatini

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy, AS/COA

Christopher Sabatini is the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly (AQ). Dr. Sabatini chairs the AS/COA Rule of Law working group, which published a report on rule of law in the hemisphere entitled Rule of Law, Economic Growth and Prosperity (also available in Spanish). He also chairs the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. In 2007, Dr.

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Anthony Gooch

Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Anthony Gooch is director of public affairs and communications at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), having been appointed to the position in April 2008. He is based at the OECD’s secretariat in Paris, France. Prior to that, he headed the European Commission’s Media and Public Diplomacy operations in the United Kingdom, promoting the EU's major global policy initiatives on issues such as Climate Change. Between 2003 to 2006, Mr.

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Hauke Hartmann

Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Hauke Hartmann is a senior project manager at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, based at the Foundation’s secretariat in Gütersloh, Germany, and working on the “Shaping Change – Strategies for Development and Transformation” portfolio. His focus areas are democracy, human rights, development policy, and transformation processes. Mr. Hartmann joined Bertelsmann Stiftung in 1999 and his positions there have included: specialist for local-level integration policy and project manager for “Strategies to Combat Rightwing Extremism” before transitioning to his current post.

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