Call for Action: New Conception of Prosperity and Measures of Progress Needed

To overcome the major challenges the world is facing today – from recovering from the pandemic to mitigating climate change – the global community will need concerted, transformative policy efforts, aligned with collective values and societal goals. To achieve this, a new conception of prosperity, along with a related comprehensive yet concise set of goalpost indicators, are needed. We call upon the G7 to begin systematically measuring progress through internationally comparable, multidimensional metrics that cover (1) social well-being, (2) economic well-being, and (3) environmental sustainability.


Initial signatories

  • Milena Amaral (CEO), Neovili, France
  • Natalia Aquilino (Professor), National University of Entre Ríos, Argentina
  • Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan
  • Jesús Barron, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico
  • Jonathan Barth (Co-Director), ZOE Institute for Future-Fit Economies, Germany
  • Livia Bizikova (Lead, Monitoring and Governance, Tracking Progress),
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada *
  • Franco Bruni (Vice President), Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy
  • Eduardo Carvalho (Head of Global Citizenship), IPERID, Brazil
  • Roberto Castellanos (Researcher/Lecturer), National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
  • Alejandro Contreras Cerdan (Managing Director), Energy Factor, S.A., Mexico
  • Helen Ding (Senior Economist), World Resources Institute, Netherlands
  • Jakob Dirksen (Research and Policy Officer), Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), UK *
  • Earth4All, Switzerland
  • Laura Marie Edinger-Schons (Professor of Sustainable Business), University of Mannheim, Germany
  • George F. Ellis (Professor Emeritus.), University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Emil Evenhuis (Researcher Urban and Regional Development), PBL – Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands
  • Andrew Faning (Data Analysis & Research Lead), Doughnut Economics Action Lab (DEAL), UK
  • Georg Feigl (Senior Economist), Chamber of Labour (Vienna), Austria
  • Marc Fleurbaey (Professor), Paris School of Economics (PSE), France
  • Doris Fuchs (Professor), University of Münster (WWU), Germany
  • Mattia Gallotti (Head of Research & Development, Associate Professor), The London Interdisciplinary School, UK
  • Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors: Community and Family Aid Foundation, Ghana; Friends of the Disabled Association, Lebanon; Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Loreto Generalate, US; International Presentation Association, US; JusticeMakers, Bangladesh; National Union on Intellectual Disability, Lebanon; Phenix Center for Economics and Informatics Studies, Jordan
  • Jorge Gomez-Paredes (Director), UN SDSN Andes & Beyond One Foundation, Ecuador
  • Dennis Görlich (Program Manager), THE NEW INSTITUTE, Germany
  • David Green (Consultant), Improveon, UK
  • Jakob Hafele (Co-Director), ZOE Institute for Future-Fit Economies, Germany
  • David Heymann, UCL, UK
  • Fjoralba Hoxhallari (Specialist sector of “Development policies for people with disabilities”), Ministry of Health and Social Protection Albania, Albania
  • Amanda Janoo (Economics and Policy Lead), Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAII), UK
  • Kata Katona (Environmentalist)
  • Christian Kroll (Professor of Sustainability), IU International University; SDG Index and Dashboards, Germany
  • Inhoe Ku (Professor), Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Guillaume Lafortune (Vice President & Head of Paris Office), UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), France
  • Hajo Lanz (Director), Friedrich Ebert Foundation Geneva, Switzerland
  • Stephanie Laulhe Shaelou (Professor of European Law and Reform, Head of School and Chair of Research and Innovation), UCLan Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Martin Lehmann (Associate Professor), Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Katharina Lima de Miranda (Program Manager), The New Institute (TNI), Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), Global Solutions Initiative (GSI), Germany *
  • Martin Lok (Executive Director), Capitals Coalition, Netherlands
  • Stephen Martin (Hon Professor Learning for Sustainability), Universities of Worcester and Nottingham, UK
  • Colin Mayer (Emeritus Professor), Saïd Business School (SBS), University of Oxford, UK
  • Toloue Miandar (Assistant professor), University of Bologna, Italy
  • Henrietta Moore (Founder & Director, Professor), Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), University College London (UCL), UK
  • Tatiana Moreira de Souza, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Andrew Mountfield (Senior Research Fellow), Oxford University, UK
  • Jose Navarro (Researcher), TU Dresden, Germany
  • Panashe Ndlovu (Peacebuilder), Indonesia
  • Yelena Novikova (Independent expert on ESG Integration, G20 Global Solutions Initiative Young Global Changer), Germany
  • Fiona Nunan (Professor of Environment and Development), University of Birmingham, UK
  • Mina Ogbanga (Faculty), Centre for Development Support Initiatives, Nigeria
  • Richard Parsons (Project Director, NSW wellbeing budget), NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Australia
  • Alaine Perrott
  • Amna Potocnik (Regional Development Expert), Regional Development Agency for Podravje – Maribor, Slovenia
  • Mónica Quinzá Armenta (Consultant), Centre for Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE), OECD, France
  • Gabriela Ramos (Assistant Director General for Social and Human Affairs), Unesco, France
  • Narasimha D. Rao (Associate Professor), Yale School of the Environment (YSE), US
  • Calin-Ciprian Rus-Gheorghiu (CEO), Arhebis Digital Systems, Romania
  • César Salazar (Researcher), Universidad Nacional
  • Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Niall Smith (Chief executive), TBA21-Academy, UK
  • Robert Smith International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Midsummer Analytics, Canada *
  • Dennis Snower (Founder & President), Global Solutions Initiative (GSI), Germany; The New Institute (TNI) Germany; Hertie School of Governance (HSoG), Germany; Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET Oxford) and Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK; Brookings Institution, USA *
  • Andrea Soccorso (Co founder), AfterWeVote, US
  • Social Progress Imperative, US
  • Judith Stroehle (Senior Research Fellow), Saïd Business School (SBS), University of Oxford, UK
  • Michel Tia (CEO), All Party System Co, US
  • Elena Tosetto (Statistician), OECD, France
  • Robel Yeshitela (Senior Programme Manager), Initiative Africa, Ethiopia
  • Ryan Yip, Hong Kong
  • Zakaria Zoundi (Policy Advisor), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada *

a Some signatories have requested to remain anonymous. We respect this and therefore do not publish their names here. Overall 86 individuals and institutions from 35 countries co-signed this call.

*Contributed to drafting this call.

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