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Video: Measuring Social Inclusion and Quality of Life Beyond GDP

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

“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? Watch the video of a panel that brought together experts to tackle the 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, gave the keynote speech and moderated a panel of international experts from Americas Quarterly, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The conversation focused on four new indices: the Americas Quarterly Social Inclusion Index, the OECD's Better Life Index (BLI), the Bertelsmann's Transformation Index, and the Sustainable Governance Indicators. Panelists discussed and debated the indices' relevance to the challenges of today and tomorrow.