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1. Beyond GDP Colorado – An Overview (March 8, 2020)
Measuring Human and Ecological Wellbeing in Colorado

A pilot project affiliated with the University of Denver’s
Grand Challenges Initiative and Partially funded by DU IMPACT 2025

Project Co-leaders: Sarah Bexell, David Carlson, Sheila Davis,
Drew Mueller, Dale Rothman, Paul Sutton, and Jacob Tucker

Objectives: In collaboration with NGOs, government agencies, and other institutions of higher education in Colorado, Beyond GDP Colorado seeks to complement the annual assessment of business and economic trends and issues in Colorado by: (1) developing a consensus set of key statewide measurable indicators of human and ecological wellbeing (“HEW”); (2) preparing an annual/biennial report of trends and related issues; and (3) convening an annual/biennial forum to release these findings and provide an opportunity for discussing their significance. Specifically, we intend to develop a Beyond GDP Colorado report and convene a public Forum by spring 2021.

2. “An Introduction to the Colorado Doughnut” (October 10th, 2020)
a 19-page draft discussion paper by David Carlson

Summary:. The animating vision of the Beyond GDP Project is “to join other states—and projects at the national and international level–to promote greater awareness and impact of human and ecological wellbeing measures in personal and public consciousness and decision-making.” This paper proposes the development of a visually compelling conceptual framework of human and ecological wellbeing (HEW) for Colorado, along the lines of the “Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries” developed by ecological economist Kate Raworth. This paper is intended to foster discussion among interested parties toward developing a preliminary consensus framework of socio-economic and ecological domains and illustrative state-level indicators of wellbeing for Colorado by December 31st, 2020.