10/02/2014 11:47 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Evidence of Abundance #12: Reducing Poverty

We often hear people complain about the rich getting rich and the poor getting poorer. But in today's evidence of abundance, I want to share an alternate perspective that shows we're actually reducing poverty.

The following graph is based on information from The Economist's June 2013 cover story. Take a look at the drop in the number of people who live on $1.25 or less a day, and how that's dropped by a billion in just the last 20 years.

What's even more promising is how swiftly the curve drops after 2015 or so. By 2030, just a small percentage of the global population will live in poverty.

Is the wealth gap growing? Yes, but this is also happening at a time when we are eliminating extreme poverty. We are going from a world of "haves and have-nots" to a world of "haves and super-haves." The goal of my work is to help assure that we can create a world of Abundance in which we meet the basic needs of every man, woman and child.

All over the world, we're seeing access to food, clean water, education and healthcare improve; as a result, global innovation is rising as well.

It's an extraordinary time to be alive.

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