The most important social transformations of the last 250-odd years have been born, anchored and realised in urban areas.

Aromar Revi, sustainable development expert

Cities don’t make people poor; they attract poor people. The flow of less advantaged people into cities from Rio to Rotterdam demonstrates urban strength, not weakness.

Edward Glaeser, economist

Bobby Kennedy on GDP: ‘measures everything except that which is worthwhile’


Simon Rogers, The Guardian, 24 May 2012

UK GDP estimate figures are out today – and you can get the data here when it is announced. But, as governments struggle to measure wellbeing in other ways, it’s useful to look at what then-US Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy said about how this key dataset falls short, from 1968.

To hear Robert Kennedy make this speech in his own voice click here.