World Forum to discuss ‘new paradigms to measure progress’

The OECD has announced its 3rd OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy which will ask the key questions ‘Is life getting better?’ ‘Are our societies really making progress?’ and ‘What are the new paradigms to measure progress?’. The Forum will challenge some contemporary notions of societal progress and identify appropriate ways to measure the effective improvement of people’s lives.

This has clear links to nef‘s National Accounts of Well-being work, which proposes some solutions for the sorts of measurement paradigms that would help to track real progress. The Forum, being held in Busan, Korea on the 27th to 30th October 2009, is expected to attract 1500 high level participants, including politicians, policy makers, heads of international organisations, opinion leaders, Nobel laureates, statisticians, academics, journalists and representatives of civil society from all over the world.