What’s GNW and Why Should We Measure It?

We’re back with another Poconos edition of 1 Take Jake. Let’s call this the American Flag Episode. 

GNW: Nuts and Bolts

Our philosophy at ChangeRoots is all about post-partisanship. Our ultimate goal is to help us get to a place as a country where we prioritize the well-being of all, over political loyalty.

In post-partisanship, we want to focus on the goal of legislation – and the goal of legislation, in our mind, is to improve what we call the Gross National Well-Being. That’s what we should measure in this country versus gross national product (GDP).

Imagine a world in which we measured the emotional well-being, the physical well-being, the economic well-being, and the environmental well-being of our people.

  • Emotional well-being can be measured by suicide rates, depression rates, and anxiety rates. 
  • Environmental well-being can be measured by CO2 emissions. 
  • Physical well-being can be measured by murder and assault rates. 
  • Economic well-being can be measured by GDP, purchasing power, and similar indicators. 

GNW: Why It’s Better 

The GNW framework is more holistic. It also means that we as a people get to hold politicians accountable to actually passing legislation that improves the metrics that affect our lives.

Today’s partisan politics focuses too much on the “how,” which is the parties’ ideological attachment. Small government versus big government is a means to an end, and so they get lost in the means, rather than talking about the end – which should be the well-being of all. 

Part of what we’re doing at ChangeRoots is fleshing this out and making it easy for regular people to understand which politicians are fighting for well-being and which politicians are fighting for their political team. 

What do you think? Does measuring GNW make sense?

Post-Partisan Take

Our mission is to equip you to influence politicians to do better. To us, that means putting well-being over partisan loyalty.  

We believe in setting measurable goals, even if they’re hard to measure.  When we measure well-being, we’ll be able to ask ourselves the right questions about how politicians can do better and how WE can do better.

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