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Dethroning GDP: A Conversation on the Global Movement for New Measures of Progress

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 9:00am
The World Policy Institute invites you to:

Dethroning GDP:
A Conversation on the Global Movement for New Measures of Progress

Wednesday, April 10th
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
at Demos
220 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10001


Registration is required for this free event. Register here.

For decades, rising GDP was considered key to improving society, but today that view is increasingly discredited by policy experts, political leaders, and even many economists, the world over. Demos has led an effort to challenge the dominance of GDP in the nation’s economic and policy debate, last year publishing Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy.

As this debate intensifies amid growing economic distress, WPI partner Demos is proud to welcome international scholar Lorenzo Fioramonti for a public forum on his new book, Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World's Most Powerful Number. Greenpeace International Director Kumi Naidoo writes, "this book is long overdue. Finally, the political interests behind the GDP mantra have been unveiled, forcing us to rethink mainstream economic views and build a more just and sustainable world. It is indeed the most important struggle of our generation."

Joining Fioramonti in a lively debate, renowned author and investment strategist Peter Marber will respond from a business perspective, and Lew Daly will discuss Demos' Beyond GDP project, a multi-year campaign to push for implementation of alternative measures to GDP at the federal and state level.

For business leaders, policy advocates, and concerned citizens, this is a great opportunity to engage with leading experts on one of the most contested issues in economic policy. This event is co-sponsored by the World Policy Institute and the Murphy Institute (CUNY).

About the Speakers

Lorenzo Fioramonti is Jean Monnet Chair in Regional Integration and Governance Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation.

Lew Daly is Director of the Sustainable Progress Initiative at Demos and author of Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy.

Peter Marber is author, most recently, of Seeing the Elephant: Understanding Globalization from Trunk to Tail. His important article Brave New Math is available in the Spring 2012 World Policy Journal. He is Chief Business Strategist for emerging markets debt and currencies at HSBC Global Asset Management. He also serves on the World Policy Institute Board of Directors.
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