Friday, 25 March 2011

Media review

Recent highlights from the Wikiprogress Community Portal

What a month it has been! It seems every time I open a newspaper, click on blog post or turn on the radio someone is talking about the importance of measuring wellbeing. To my delight, my top 3 favourite news sources: The Economist, The New York Times and The Guardian, have all been a part of the March Media Madness. Here are a few highlights I’d like to share with you.

On China

China announced earlier in the month that ‘happiness’ will be an element incorporated in their growth strategy. Many different news sources picked up on this and we have created a Special Media Review on China’s Move the Measure Happiness. A few of the highlights are listed below:

Don't worry, be happy (The Economist 17.03.2011)

On Japan

All eyes have been on Japan since the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit on the 11th of March. The economic implications of this have had a fair but of negative media time, but here are a few articles that highlight the importance of measuring and appreciating non-economic indicators of human wellbeing.

Why no looting in Japan? (Aidwatch 15.03.2011)

The Impact of Disaster (NewsWeek 20.03.2011)

On Happiness

There have been loads of news items on the UK’s bid to measure happiness since Cameron’s announcement back in November last year. And a fair bit of coverage on happiness in general. Here are a few great articles on the importance’s of measuring happiness.

Stimulating Happiness (New York Times 14.03.2011)

10 steps to happiness (The Guardian 12.03.2011)

And last, but not least, our dear friend Hans Rosling gives a TED talk on the Magic Washing Machine. To see more news items, see the Wikiprogress Community Portal – updated daily with news and blog items from around the world.

Philippa Lysaght

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