Interconnected Measures
Interconnected measures

Talking Points
  • Community is a complex web of interconnections
  • Changes in one area affect other areas
  • We are all stockholders

Rather than being three disconnected boxes, communities are actually a complex web of interactions. Air and water quality affect the quality of other natural resources, which in turn are used as materials for production. Having materials for production allows people to have jobs, which in turn affects their health and the general poverty levels.

An important point to note here is that although there is a tendency to think of 'stockholders' as someone other than ourselves, we are all stockholders in some sense. Even if you don't own stock personally, if you have a pension fund, a mortgage, a car loan, a bank account, or a credit card, then you are a stockholder in the community. We are all part of the economic system and we all need to become more aware of how measures of well-being in these different areas are reported and how they connect to each other.

(Activity: It is very useful at this point to have the participants look at some of the interconnections in their community. Start by writing in the middle of a flip chart page one of the quality of life components that many people agreed on. Ask participants what other quality of life components link to those. Add their suggestions to the flip chart and draw in the links. Keep adding links and components until at least 15 or 20 items are added with multiple links.)
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