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  • Writer's pictureRósbjörg Jónsdóttir

The 2018 Index sparks discussion

In September 21st 2018 Social Progress Imperative launched its fifth and expanded results. Now it is covering 146 countries across five years of data. These results have generated important discussions around the globe about the direction our world is heading.

  • In the Boston Globe, Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School and the Social Progress Imperative Advisory Board chair writes that despite improving economic numbers, “America is mired in a social progress recession.”

  • Devex reports that the 2018 index reveals worrying trends but notes that “countries from the global south have made the biggest gains in social progress over the past five years.”

  • The Economist cites the Social Progress Index as the “most elaborate measure of quality of life,” finding that around the world, “people’s basic needs are being met but they lack opportunities.”

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