Happiness to be metered in Vermont?

Sunday May 27, 2012

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Backers of using a new measure for a state or a nation's well-being are set to gather in Burlington this week.

Common Good Vermont is joining the University of Vermont's Gund Institute and the group Gross National Happiness USA for a conference Wednesday at UVM.

The "Measure What Matters" conference will focus on the genuine progress indicator, a measurement of social well-being that extends beyond the economic emphasis of traditional measures like gross national product to include environmental, educational, health and other factors.

Those gathering for the conference at UVM's Davis Center will include leaders from government, academia, nonprofit groups and others.


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