Four hundred years of New England history tell us much about how economic growth occurs. Pursuit! puts you hot on the trail of this phenomenon by helping you discover the key ingredients of growth. In this fun search game, you'll "travel" our interactive timeline of New England's past to find the answers to questions that relate to growth—growth being defined here as all the things that happen to enable the people of a country or region to have a rising living standard. Along the way, you'll meet some very interesting characters, who will help you get a handle on growth and keep you focused and energized.
Pursuit! illustrates how growth affects our standard of living and how we, as individuals, play an important role in the growth process. You'll explore how this region's economy has progressed from
- family-based farming and production with limited domestic and foreign trade, to
- increasingly sophisticated manufacturing, and on to
- today’s emphasis on services and knowledge-based activities.
You'll observe how, via growth, we use progressively newer and better resources all the time—like a computer instead of a typewriter—to be able to produce more and better goods and services more quickly than in the past. And you'll begin to see the connections between this "increased productivity" and general improvements in the way we live.
There's a lot to learn from New England's bumpy but amazing growth path. So, pack your bag, pick a trail, and get in Pursuit!