Latest Tweets

Homepage - What's New+


While many Americans continue to struggle with unemployment and financial distress in the aftermath of the Wall Street crisis... More

The minimum wage for most tipped workers is only $2.13 an hour and, unlike the minimum wage, has not been increased... More

Impact investing holds significant promise for directing more resources to America’s distressed urban core. The EB-5... More

Homepage - Grantee Spotlight


The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), a Chicago-based nonprofit with expertise in water management and urban... More

Surdna’s Shawn Escoffery talks about making the economy we have work better for everybody. In his Q&A, Escoffery,... More
More inNews  

demosrptGDP measures economic growth, but is it an accurate measure of progress?

While GDP has been steadily increasing, indicating a growing economy, other metrics of progress show a very different picture. A new report from Demos, Beyond GDP, makes the case for why GDP is an incomplete measure and explains in depth what is missing from GDP that prevents it from measuring progress. Demos is also releasing a set of infographics that charts important social measures against GDP growth.

Demos, a Surdna grantee, is a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization that melds the analytical innovation of a think tank with the outreach strategies of an advocacy group through 6 major program areas: Democracy, Economic Opportunity, Public Works, International, Special Initiatives, and Fellows.  By publishing reports, books, and articles, organizing events, and through television and radio appearances, Demos works to help the public and policymakers see in a new light the challenges we face as a country, and the underlying causes of those challenges.

Fostering sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.