Jan 022017
2012-09-10   Happiness in difficult times: The ‘giggle factor’ is gone.  John Helliwell,  Economist.  International Day of Happiness, March 20.

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Happiness+difficult+times+giggle+factor+gone/7360269/story.html Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun  Professor John Helliwell, 75, is one of the authors of a groundbreaking UN Happiness Report. He and his wife Millie have found happiness together by taking care to pay attention to the needs and feelings of others. July 13, 2012.  Jenelle Schneider / Vancouver Sun “It made him happy.” University […]

Oct 052015

http://www.cbc.ca/1.3254364 This month, the University of Victoria is launching a very exclusive MBA program — it’s only open to Telus employees. The program will be taught primarily by UVic faculty, but it’s being paid for by Telus. The company also played a role in its design. Dan Pontefract is Chief Envisioner with the Telus Transformation Office, the […]

May 272015

. . . We’ve gone beyond gross domestic product to more meaningful measures of social well-being, said Anshula Chowdhury, founder of Social Asset Measurements (SAM), a software-as-a-service social impact reporting firm operating out of Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone in Toronto.   The right things http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/power+transparency/11082894/story.html It began over a pint of beer. Brainstorming business […]

Sep 222014
2014-09-21  Lesson in economic system,  Gail Tverberg.  Resource prices falling in system built on debt.  What does it mean?  Energy supplies and renewables.

Neil writes: If you’ve never read Gail Tverberg, she’s usually a good read and one smart cookie! Her recent blog looks interesting: http://ourfiniteworld.com/2014/09/21/low-oil-prices-sign-of-a-debt-bubble-collapse-leading-to-the-end-of-oil-supply/   (Sandra speaking:   I recommend you go to  Gail’s blog.   The “comments” are also worthwhile.  As usual,  a back-up copy appears below, “just in case”.)   – – – – – – – […]

Jul 022014

“On the Island” this morning, CBC Radio, an opportunity to make a point  about economic indicators: RE:  Salmon fishery, increasing the take from 3% to 15% My experience with DFO and fish quotas is from Nova Scotia where we lived for 15 years.   We arrived in the nineteen-seventies.  The Grand Banks cod fishery supported […]

Apr 032013
Subjective wellbeing, Social Capital Blog,  Bhutan

Many thanks to John Helliwell.   Excellent material:    http://socialcapital.wordpress.com/tag/subjective-wellbeing/   (Part of the “why” of my interest in economic indicators is at:  2012-12-07    I am just back from Bhutan (Gross Happiness Index)!  (economic indicators) )   – – – – – –  – – – – – – – A copy of part of the Social Capital […]

Mar 312013
2013-03  Excellent!  TED Talk, Ron Finley, A guerilla gardener in south central L.A.

I want to make sure this TED Talk  by Ron Finley is widely known. Maybe you’ll experience the same high as I did, watching it?! http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –  – Ron Finley’s work is very positive and creative.  It is CONSTRUCTION;  this is what […]

Mar 302013

NOTE:  it is better to watch the video of this talk.   Please see  2013-04-08  Excellent!  TED Talk, Ron Finley, A guerilla gardener in south central L.A. – – – – – – – – – TRANSCRIPT Showing Revision 3, created 03/07/2013 by Morton Bast. Title:   Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA Description:     Ron […]

Dec 072012

Climbing back into the saddle after an amazing trip to Bhutan. ‘Twas that delightful serendipity, whooping cranes and family support that got me there, will tell you more later. Why Bhutan?   .. . . For years I have been troubled by our economic indicators (Gross Domestic Product (GDP)).  We are delusional.  We use “growth rates” to […]

Jun 172012

“The preoccupation with the GDP, which has become the all-encompassing surrogate  for everything with respect to well-being, is wrong,” he  (Romanow) said. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/Romanow+says+medicare+needs+vision+from+federal+government/6792491/story.html By Betty Ann Adam The unifying force medicare has played in Canada is being eroded by Ottawa’s  decision to make health care transfer payments to the provinces without overall  national goals attached, […]