Virtual Book Launch for WHAT REALLY COUNTS: The Case for a Sustainable and Equitable Economy
Thursday May 13, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
We are very pleased to host the PEI book launch for Nova Scotia author, Ronald Colman’s new book WHAT REALLY COUNTS: The Case for a Sustainable and Equitable Economy on Thursday, May 13th at 7 PM. This event is FREE and a link to access the event is available by contact Bookmark at 902-566-4888 or email@example.com.
Politicians and economists fixate on “growing the economy”—measured by a country’s gross domestic product. But this yardstick counts harmful activities such as greenhouse gas emissions, plastic waste, and cigarette sales as gains, and it ignores environmental protection, voluntary community work, and other benefits. What we measure is a choice, and what is and isn’t counted determines what sorts of policies are enacted. How can we shift the focus to well-being and quality of life?
“This is an important book that deserves the attention of politicians, business leaders, activists and concerned citizens. As we look forward to life beyond the Covid-19 pandemic there is an opportunity to re-think how we as a society view development, equity and the economy. This is a very timely and accessible book that offers clues as to what a sustainable future could look like.” says Bookmark co-owner, Dan MacDonald.
What Really Counts is an essential, firsthand story of the promise and challenges of accounting for social, economic, and environmental benefits and costs. Ronald Colman recounts two decades of working with three governments to adopt measures that more accurately and comprehensively assess true progress. Chronicling his path from Nova Scotia to New Zealand to Bhutan, Colman details the challenge of devising meaningful metrics, the effort to lay the foundations of a new economic system, and the obstacles that stand in the way. Reflecting on successes and failures, he considers how to shift policy priorities from a narrow economic-growth agenda toward a future built on sustainability and equity.
Colman has taken the critique of GDP outside the academy and attempted to realize an alternative. The lessons he offers in What Really Counts are vital for anyone interested in how we can measure what matters—and how better measures can help build a better world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ronald Colman is the founder and former executive director of GPI Atlantic, a nonprofit research group that built an index of well-being and sustainable development in Nova Scotia. He has worked with New Zealand government bodies and communities on measures of well-being and spent ten years in Bhutan assisting the government’s development of holistic progress measures, a new global economic paradigm, and other initiatives.
Island poets launch new books
Saturday May 15, 2021 | 3:00PM - 8:00PM
Island poets Laurie Brinklow and Bren Simmers will launch their new poetry collections, My island’s the house I sleep in at night and If, When, on May 15th at the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown. Two shows at 3 and 7 pm will feature musical guests Adam Hill, Sean Kemp, Chris Corrigan, and Mike Mooney.
This hour-long event is free to attend and open to all. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot of 2, 3, or 4 people by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Laurie Brinklow teaches in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island. Previous books include Here for the Music (Acorn, 2012). Bren Simmers is the managing editor of Island Studies Press. She is the author of Pivot Point (Gaspereau, 2019), a memoir about a wilderness canoe journey, as well as two other books of poetry.
For more information, please contact Bren at 902-566-0386 or email@example.com.
May Pen Meetup
Saturday May 29, 2021 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
The monthly gathering of fountain pen enthusiasts and lovers of all things inky will meet virtually on May 29th at 7 pm. For link information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for lively conversation, presentations, and information-sharing centred around a common passion for paper, inks, art and fine writing instruments. Our on-line meetups include PEI participants plus enthusiasts from Ottawa, Toronto, Truro and Halifax. Please join us for a fun and stimulating discussion.