For more than 30 years, many experiments have been conducted at the international, regional and local levels proposing alternatives to the GDP as the standalone indicator. These initiatives question the idea of infinite growth in a finite world and seek to measure and better take into account well-being, human and social development, quality of life, living together, etc. Elements which are lacking from economic statistics.
The Grenoble forum, an exceptional event in France and Europe, will be the opportunity to take a step further, from observation to action. How can these indicators promote practices that a just and sustainable society merits? The forum will thus question the link between the scales: the local, the territory of life and action, and the global: what are the shared control panels to communicate between these scales and act in a convergent way?
For all citizens involved in building a just and sustainable society, the question of indicators provides the basis for concerted action.
Which model of society do we want to aim for? How can the myth of infinite growth in a finite world be overthrown? How can the issues of social and environmental sustainability be given their place and what place is to be given to the economy? How can the visions and practices in different parts of the world be mutually enriching, and how can we move towards societies which are fairer and which respect life?
What methodology for the construction of new indicators of well being? What existing experience of alternative indicators has led to action, and their effect on policies put into action? Although the local scale seems the most appropriate to measure well-being of the inhabitants, and for the action at the level of the organizations, how can this adapt to a massive change on a national or international scale?
What role can the different actors of a territory or an organization play both in defining what counts – which constitutes Well-Being – and in the process of choosing indicators? How can we work on raising awareness and changing representations in order to rethink our social models and the indicators that go with them? It is the forms of participation and involvement of each stakeholder which are to be questioned.
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Participants will be responsible for their own accomodationN When you register we will guide you with several solutions (homestay accommodation with volunteers, rooms in university residences or hotels).
2 conference rooms will be equipped to provide simultaneous translation (with headphones) in 3 languages: French – English – Spanish. A team of volunteer translators will provide ongoing translations in the workshops as much as possible.
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