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International Conference in Rennes 30-31 October 2008

To share national and international experiences
concerning the construction of local indicators of societal progress and well-being.

In the agenda : exchange of knowledge between elected representatives, those in charge of public policies, the members of local assemblies, citizens and academics, all concerned with the joint preparation and implementation of local public policies.

The organisation of this conference is scheduled within the framework of the research programme backed by the Region of Brittany (ISBET-Indicateurs Sociétaux de Bien Etre Territorialisés) , as a follow-up to the workshop-seminar organised by PEKEA in 2006
The programme of this 2006 seminar may be displayed by cliquing here or downloaded in a Format.doc.
A strong similarity then appeared with the research programme undertaken by the Council of Europe on the measurement of social cohesion. The Council of Europe has now come alongside us in this conference. In 2007, the OECD also moved closer to this programme and its perspectives, as stated in the « Istanbul Declaration ».

This conference should enable progress towards the production of guidelines at the service of all interested parties.
This objective is also shared by the group FAIR (Forum pour d’Autres Indicateurs de Richesses) a recently set up group to organise on a new basis discussions about the topic of « wealth » – discussions launched in France ten years ago - ; the new group has just emerged when the French Government asked a group of international experts to find out an alternative indicator to GDP which could give a better account of the improvement of societal and environmental well-being in France.

Which types of societal progress indicators are relevant? How can citizens be involved in their construction? How can local characteristics be taken into account? All of these questions lie at the heart of the discussions at this conference.