My hometown of Seattle, in the northwest corner of the U.S., has given me yet another reason to love it.
Last week, I finally got to meet the people at the New Economics Foundation, whose motto is “economics as if people and the planet mattered.”
These are the guys in London who create the fascinating Happy Planet Index, or HPI, which evaluates countries based on 3 components: their level of health, level of well-being and rate of resource consumption. Basically, the HPI is a measure of how effectively a country converts resources into human well being. As you can see from the HPI map, some countries do this very efficiently and some countries – like mine – less so.