The Flourishing Scotland project was implemented by Scottish Environment LINK’s Economics Group, with a grant from Friends Provident Foundation, between Jan 2014 – Dec 2016. There are number of published outputs from this project which are linked to the relevant sections of these web pages and listed here .
Context and background to the project
LINK members became increasingly aware of the importance of engaging in economics as environmental objectives and concerns were often being sidelined by economic policies. In 2011 LINK established its Economics Group, aiming to influence the economic debate in Scotland and in 2012 LINK commissioned a report to articulate the network’s position with regard to its view of a successful Scotland. The report, Environment and the Economy, Helping Scotland to Flourish challenged the Scottish Government regarding its emphasis on sustainable economic growth and GDP. Other pieces of work of particular relevance to the context of the project include the report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress by Stiglitz, Sen and Fitoussi, and Shifting the Dial and More than GDP: Measuring what matters by Carnegie UK. In 2007 the Scottish Government adopted the National Performance Framework, an outcomes based approach providing both aspirations to guide policy development and indicators against which to measure progress. In 2013 a Government led roundtable was set up to review the National Performance Framework on which LINK was invited to sit. The Flourishing Scotland project emerged in this space, to enable the LINK Economics Group to work to improve the NPF and increase its profile and effectiveness and to influence Scottish economic debate. The main areas of work were
- Our Narrative on the Environment and the Economy
- National Performance Framework and beyond GDP
- The Circular Economy
- Thinking about transition