What’s the Story with Our Long-Term Debt?

Greetings Visual Budget enthusiasts,

The Visual Budget team has some exciting news!

We were recently selected by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation to collaborate on a series of interactive data visualizations about the fiscal challenges facing our nation. Today, we have launched the first visualization in the series, “Long-Term Debt: An Unsustainable Future,” which shows the astonishing impact of our failure to address the causes of our long-term debt.
You can watch the video on YouTube here, but for the full interactive experience, we suggest viewing it on the Peter G. Peterson website here.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about the visualization. In the meantime, stay tuned for additional stories which we will release throughout the fall and winter.
Best wishes,
The Visual Budget Team

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Results of VT GPI study out today

Made available by Jon D. Erickson

Attached is a summary of our latest and greatest estimates the Vermont
Genuine Progress Indicator. Eric Zencey and I presented to Vermont’s
Government Accountability Committee today as a pre-release of the full
report out later in August. A huge thanks for all the hard work of so
many Gundiees in getting the GPI built, especially Matt Burke, Sam
Carlson, and Zach Zimmerman.

If you want the Reader’s Digest version (does anyone under 30 know what
that means?), the Associated Press did a short piece, picked up here by
the Kansas City Star:

There’s also a short article in VT Digger at:

or read the entire
Findings and Recommendations here.

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EdWeek Update: When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data

The top story in this week’s Education Week Update “When Bad Things Happen to Good NAEP Data.” It is a very insightful article that illustrates a number of things including the need for 101 statistics.  

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GPI and Gund press

Here’s a recent article in the Burlington Free Press about GPI.
How could we capitalize on the momentum that’s building in U.S. states?
Also, this article highlights an area of interest:
” What impact GPI will have on policy in Vermont is unclear.”
Do folks on the Gund list have thoughts about the policy impact?
Stephen Posner

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Framing the Story  —  TED talks on NPR

Stories ignite our imagination, let us leap over cultural walls and cross the barriers of time. They affirm who we are, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and others. In this hour, TED speakers explore the art of storytelling — and how good stories have the power to transform our perceptions of the world.

Listen to the episode here:

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The most controversial chart in history, explained

By Chris Mooney

Back in 1998, a little-known climate scientist named Michael Mann and two colleagues published a paper [PDF] that sought to reconstruct the planet’s past temperatures going back half a millennium before the era of thermometers — thereby showing just how out of whack recent warming has been. The finding: Recent Northern Hemisphere temperatures had been “warmer than any other year since (at least) AD 1400.” The graph depicting this result looked rather like a hockey stick: After a long period of relatively minor temperature variations (the “shaft”), it showed a sharp mercury upswing during the last century or so (“the blade”).

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Kubiszewski et al Global GPI 2013

Ecological Economics

Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress

Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza, Carol Franco, Philip Lawn, John Talberth, Tim Jacksone, Camille Aylmer

Read the Report:

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