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Social Progress

Progress From Here: Kindness, The Missing Piece

Allison Alter | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Allison Alter

Make no mistake, I harbor the same fear and anger as others among the popular vote majority. But, it's done, and the unavoidable civil war is upon us;...

Shaking Off the Slacktivism

Richard Jeter | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Richard Jeter

Look, I don't really care who you're voting for. Well...I do, but it's not my place to tell you how to ruin your country. I mean, run your life. What matters is, you get out there, you make your voice heard, and you counter-balance my friend's uncle.

Can Social Entrepreneurship Tap India's Demographic Dividend?

Bipul Saha | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Bipul Saha

India is a young country. At present, 66 percent of India's population is under the national average age of 26 years. In the next decade and a half, more than 13 million Indians annually will enter the workforce for the first time.

At Davos, Will World Leaders Support the Key to Social Progress?

Ryan Scott | Posted 01.19.2017 | Business
Ryan Scott

Technology is changing our world with unprecedented speed, but many worry about the human cost of these advances and question how rapidly evolving breakthroughs in some areas may undermine social progress in others. It's a concern worthy of examination.

Citizens Have a New Tool to Hold Governments Accountable for the Global Goals

Michael Green | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
Michael Green

The world needs an 'A' grade to meet the Global Goals in 2030. The first People's Report Card shows that today we're languishing at C-. We have fifteen years to find the political will, the resources, and the partnerships that can deliver this giant leap forward in the wellbeing of humanity.

Inequalities, Wasted Opportunities, and Humanitarian Crises: Awaiting Social Progress

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 09.20.2016 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

Looking at the long-term prospects for social progress, as this Panel sets out to do, is not a diversion away from the management of the most urgent challenges. It is the wisest way to address these challenges.

This Corporation Used Its Ad Space To Promote Women Entrepreneurs Instead Of Its Logo

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact

A splash of color is empowering women in Costa Rica. In the developing Central American country, many women living in rural poverty struggle to mak...

5 Trends Defining Social Innovation in 2015

Pat Walsh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Pat Walsh

We have experienced an incredible wave of social innovations that are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. In 2015, a number of converging trends will create an optimal environment for inspiring, launching and sustaining social innovations like never before.

Do You Believe in Democracy or in Equality -- or Both?

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

Is equality back to the center stage among peoples' values, is it the new compass in their search for better conditions of life and better institutions? Perhaps. But there is another value which has a much greater and steadier support: democracy.

Protecting Freedom of Expression in Newsrooms and Mosques: Unity and Dialogue

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Gaia Paradiso

The Mosque of Rome is the largest Mosque of Europe and its architecture replicates and perfectly integrates itself in the heart of Italy.

Scared of Ebola, ISIS, Putin, or Climate Change? A New Global Panel Tackles the Social Plagues That Generate Our Problems

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

First, most of our problems are our own doing. Second, we know a lot about the causes and the solutions. This combination is new. Old civilizations have died because their lifestyle was not sustainable but, unlike us, they didn't understand the mechanisms.

After Ferguson: Are Christians Even On the Same Page? Progress Requires Working Together

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

As the country continues to sort through the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, few are surprised that some of the most outspoken commentators are those from the faith community.

Addressing the World's Water Challenges Demands Business Collaboration

Michael Green | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Michael Green

Many of the great challenges faced by humanity, such as climate change, energy security, and food security, cannot be managed without also ensuring that our citizens have access to reliable water and sanitation services.

CHART: In Terms of Social Progress, America is Not #1 -- It's #16

Michael E. Porter | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Michael E. Porter

As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as a world leader. Yet the new Social Progress Index, a comprehensive framework measuring numerous important social outcomes, paints a very different picture - the U.S. ranks only 16th of 132 countries measured, behind other large countries such as Germany, the UK, Japan and Canada. On Health and Wellness, for example, we spend more on health care than any country in the world but in terms of the outcomes achieved--such as obesity and life expectancy--we are number 70 in the world, way below our advanced economy peers.

New Social Progress Index Ranks U.S. 16th Out of 132 Countries

The Daily Beast | Brandy Zadrozny | Posted 04.04.2014 | World

America isn’t number one this time. Despite having the second-highest GDP on the 132-country list, the U.S. falls shorts on basic human needs, healt...

These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work ...

We Must Change the Contemporary View of Marriage

Daniel Raphael | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Raphael

The question that then emerges is what is marriage? How do we define marriage? There are several definitions, the most prominent being the joining of two or more elements.

Growth Is Not Enough, Young People Want to Live in a Decent Society

Michael Green | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Green

A newly published global survey reveals that, for young people at least, social -- not economic -- challenges are the major priority. Politicians and business leaders should take heed.

50 Years Later: The War on Poverty Needs an Update

Michael Green | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Green

Fifty years ago the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, delivered the State of the Union address that would put poverty reduction at the center of federal policy-making for a generation, declaring the beginning of a "War on Poverty" still being fought to this day.

Science Fiction and Social Fiction

Mark Moore | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Moore

"We have science fiction, and science follows it. We imagine it, and it comes true. Yet we don't have social fiction, so nothing changes." When Muhammad Yunus made this statement at the recent Skoll World Forum, there was a sense that this was a quotation we'd see repeated for years.

Zafen: Redefining "Interest" in the Changing World of Microfinance

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Microfinance has taken a beating lately for shifting far afield from its humanitarian origins. It's become a good idea gone bad. But all is not lost.

Leviticus Loses: The Inevitability of Equal Rights for Homosexuals

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

It behooves us to remember that the only difference between human rights activists and traditionalists, relatively speaking to the centuries of injustice finally being ameliorated, is having realized something just a bit earlier.

Homosexuality Redux: Can We Hear Each Other?

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

I knew equality for LGBT evoked passionate conversation, but I would never have imagined that my last post would generate nearly 1200 comments.