For years Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been the most common factor we have used in order to gauge the overall strength of a country’s economy. The GDP of a country can be defined as the total value of the goods and services produced within a specific country in a year. Considering this we can see that GDP is a very broad measure of a country’s economic progress and fails to account for the social and ecological costs involved within a country. Given this knowledge we can draw comparisons between GDP and the Genuine Progress Index (GPI). The Genuine Progress Index provides a much more accurate picture of a country’s standard of living by taking into account things like a clean environment, household work, and volunteer organizations. The GPI helps to draw a line between the positive and negative actions of the economy in order to understand and build on a more sustainable economy. Here we can see that the GPI provides a more ecocentric view as it values the different aspects of the environment. A tool we can use as individuals to see how we contribute to our country’s GPI is the Ecological Footprint concept and the Human Development Index. Our own ecological footprint provides us with an individual understanding of how our daily routines and decisions impact the environment. Whereas the Human Development Index measures and ranks countries by separate levels of human development. Given all these tools of measurement and different concepts we can further discuss their implications for Canada’s position in the world. Gross Domestic Product for decades now, has been the leading aspect to which we draw conclusions based on a country’s economical well being. But we are now realizing that GDP is concerned only with the dollar value of the goods and services produced by a country during a one year span. GDP does not account for many other aspects of the economy including the social and ecological cost (GPI Atlantic, 2007). Therefore when we look at GDP to decide whether a country’s economy is healthy we are blinded to the negative contributors to a country’s GDP. For example when logging companies chop down trees, in terms of GDP we only see the dollar value from the lumber sold and don’t realize the cost to the environment and ecosystems that come with deforestation (GPI Atlantic, 2007). This is where the Genuine Progress Index provides much more accuracy in determining a country’s overall economic health. Perhaps the most important item that GPI brings to the table is that it is able to discern the costs of activities as either positive or negative creating a much more accurate picture of an economy’s strength. With the use of GPI we are able to put a value on our natural resources as they are being depleted and we can then recognize that as a significant cost, whereas GDP calculations will only see the depletion of our natural resources as a financial gain. Ultimately as we compare GDP with the GPI we can see how GDP depicts everything as a profit and therefore always shows growth in an economy as long as the GDP rises. Otherwise the GPI recognizes that not all goods or services have a positive financial gain rather it distinguishes certain actions as either positive or negative and understands the costs that these actions have on the environment. Considering this knowledge while calculating the GPI gives us insight on how to model a more sustainable economy. A way we as individuals can measure our own impact on the environment is through calculating our ecological footprint. An ecological footprint is the amount of land consumed on average by each person in the world for food, water, transport, housing, waste management, and other purposes (Global Footprint Network, 2009). This means that us as people leave behind a footprint on the earth that is a reflection of the resources that we consume during our lifetime. When calculating our ecological footprints we can clearly see how our everyday decisions have a direct impact…
Comparison of Hospitals
HCA 375 Continuous Quality Monitoring & Accreditation
Instructor Kahla LaPlante
November 24, 2014
When comparing quality hospitals one has a lot of thinking and decision making. For instance do they go from word of mouth or from research that they have done or do they just go and hope for the very best. Comparing Uintah Basin Medical Center against home town hospital Ashely Reginald Medical Center. They are exactly a half hour apart travel wise. On resides…
Measure for Measure, Inch by Inch, Second by Second, Eye for an Eye, and Life for a Life! One of William Shakespeare’s Great Tragedies!
Measure for Measure, one of Shakespeare’s major plays was considered to be one of his comedies in which the play is not merely a comedy but more of a tragedy. Measure for Measure is a description in its name itself. When you think of it or say it to oneself, what do you perceive it to be? Literally what does the title mean? Measure for Measure is just…
Not-for-profit performance indicators measure service effectiveness and accomplishments in one of two main categories. As a beginning, you will need to be able to track your program inputs (which quantify the efforts or resources expended in the program) and your outputs (which quantify the services provided).
Based on that, you will need to track
1. efficiency measures (which compare your inputs with your outputs), and
2. outcome (or effectiveness) measures (which quantify the actual effect the…
Term Paper: Research Progress Report
By now, you should be making good progress in doing the research for your paper. This assignment will start you thinking about the structure of your paper. For this assignment, you will turn in a progress report about how your work on the paper is going. It should tell us what you have done up to the time when you print it.
Your progress report must answer the following questions:
1. What will the title of your paper be?
2. What questions to you plan…
Measure for Measure is a play written by William Shakespeare in the seventeenth century which crucially presents the role of women. Women were viewed as pure and were not expected to be promiscuous, but dependent on men with few options or choices. Shakespeare’s interpretation of women in Measure for Measure very much reflects society’s opinion of women at the time, where men had more freedom and should be given more respect than women. The society at that time was a patriarchal one, where a male…
continuously divisible and the belief in an atomic theory both led to apparent contradictions.
Indian mathematics dates back to the 28th century BC, when mathematicians of the Indus valley civilization used a decimal system of weights and measures. By 18th century BC, Indian mathematicians were discussing the concept of infinity. The Yajur veda states that “if you remove a part from infinity or add a part to infinity, what remains is infinity.” The Jain text Surya Prajinapti defines five kinds…
introduction to comparison of different managerial culture.
“The growing trend toward globalization does not appear to reduce the differences with which managers working across cultures are being faced. We have to acknowledge that every form of management is culture-bound and that there is no such thing as ‘the one best way’ of management”.
The concept of culture is elusive and multidimensional; there is not unanimity among the different definitions. Due…
whereas Grandpa’s soup is representative of the warmth and affection that certain types of food and cooking can bring. Themes portrayed in these texts such as death, mortality, celebration, desperation, love and hate are looked at from completely different angles through the literary techniques displayed by both writers, which will be analyzed and discussed in this essay.
First of all, the celebratory atmosphere created in both texts highlight the horror/happiness. For example, in Titus Andronicus…
Comparison of Research Designs
Comparison of Research Designs Template
The following seven tables are part of a template that will guide you through the comparison of research designs assignment. The tables include:
• Descriptions of basic research designs.
• Types of basic research designs.
• Main characteristics.
• Followed steps.
• Appropriate usage.
• Purpose statement and sample questions.…
1. Measuring and improving performance
1.1 Performance measurement
The activity of measuring and assessing the various aspects of a process or whole operation’s performance.
Performance here is defined as the degree to which an operation fulfils the five performance objectives at any point in time, in order to satisfy its customers.
A polar diagram can be used to see how well the 5 dimensions of performance of the operation meet requirements of the market.
It is unlikely…