We are what we measure
 
 
 
We are What We Measure


 
Talking Points
 
 
 
  • What we measure is what we pay attention to
     
  • What gets measured is what gets fixed
     
  • We need to change measures of progress so they point to where we really want to go


 
Narrative
 
 
 
Very often, what we measure is what we pay attention to. When a measurement tells us something is broken, we make sure it gets fixed. However, because we have traditionally viewed our communities as isolated categories of economy, environment and society, we have measures of progress in these different areas that often work at cross purposes. We need to start taking a hard look at our traditional measures and find new ways to measure where we want to go.
 
 
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