Chapter 11: Learnings from knowledge-based development metrics
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The improvement of human societies is driven by developing strategies for using knowledge as a factor to create value. Analyses of economic performance and social progress have attracted international attention by discussing new metrics beyond the traditional economic indicators. Our proposal is to analyse, beyond the incremental improvement of the sustainability movement, alternative development frameworks that will best foster the structural changes necessary to tackle the challenges posed by Anthropocene. The objective is to revisit the main learnings from recent years on development metrics for knowledge-based development and from there into the reality of the Climate Crisis and the preliminary efforts of City Preparedness for Climate Crisis. We seek to build relevant indices from a negotiation between the desirable indicators that best operationalise key dimensions of sustainable low-carbon transition and the available indicators, while maintaining usability and collective construction. Our guiding thread is the alignment of international models and the challenges perceived by the dwellers of unequally developed cities.

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