Infographic: Designing the Good Life – How Countries Compare in Economics, Education, Environmental Values and Wellbeing
By Laura Caballero
Issue 9 Fall 2011
HOW ARE WE DESIGNING NEW SYSTEMS THAT WILL HELP US REMODEL THE WAY WE LIVE AND LEARN?
The vision of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals focuses on Building a Better World. One of these goals is to be able to ensure the completion of primary schooling for children around the world. This goal can be achieved if countries put aside a meager 5% of their national budget for educational purposes.
However, the achievement of this goal has been hindered by the disruptive cycle of debt that we are facing worldwide. This affects not only the economy, but the ecological system as well. These issues become more systemic when our values as a society are not in the correct order.
Presented here is a country-by-country comparison between economies, education, well-being, and environmental values. Represented are: the top 10 of the 2009 Happy Planet Index (HPI), the United States, and the BRIC economies.
The Happy Planet Index measures:
1) Life expectancy 2) Life Satisfaction 3) Ecological Footprint
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