Hall of Heroes Award: Mike Salvaris
The Hall of Heroes Award recognizes leaders who have had significant, long-term impact on the indicators field and the improvement of community conditions and well-being.
Mike Salvaris is the 2017 Hall of Heroes Awardee for over 40 years in the fields of wellbeing, social justice, community engagement and development, government and social policy, and strategic policy coordination. For the past 20 years, he has worked as a academic and community researcher in the measurement of progress, wellbeing, and human rights at local, national and international levels. He has collaborated with organizations all over the world on special projects, consultancies, research reports, policy development and advice, and strategic planning. Recently, he became a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Expert Reference Group helping to develop ‘Measures of Australia’s Progress’, he leads a national research project on measuring human rights at RMIT University, and he acts as committee member and co-founder of the Australian Community Indicators Network. For the last nine years, Mike has been working on the development of the Australian National Development Index (ANDI), a civil society-research partnership of over 60 national, state, and local organizations and universities whose members and clients include over 2 million Australians. ANDI aims to promote a national dialogue on Australia’s future progress and to develop an Australian national progress index measuring equitable and sustainable wellbeing in Australia, based on community priorities and expert and research input.
Mr. Salvaris traveled to St. Petersburg, FL, with a stop for a lecture at the University of Waterloo in Torronto, to receive his award from CIC Board Member Frank Ridzi.