G20 Osaka Summit: Using the Social Progress Index to Measure the Sustainable Development Goals

On June 28th and 29th of 2019, leaders of the G20 countries met in Osaka, Japan for their annual summit. The G20 is comprised of the most advanced and emerging economies in the world and works to ensure global economic stability. The Summit’s ensuing official declaration also emphasized the need to make progress towards the … Continue reading G20 Osaka Summit: Using the Social Progress Index to Measure the Sustainable Development Goals

Zooming in on California’s Housing Crisis with the Social Progress Index for California Counties

In the 2018 Social Progress Index (SPI): US States California ranked 33rd (45.53/100 points) out of the 50 states. While California is often perceived to be more progressive, this ranking highlights the need to decouple economic indicators from those of social progress. Despite being the fifth largest economy in the world, and the largest state … Continue reading Zooming in on California’s Housing Crisis with the Social Progress Index for California Counties

Announcing the Social Progress Index: Provinces of Panama

The Social Progress Imperative is proud to announce the release of the Social Progress Index for the Provinces of Panama, created in partnership with the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Minister Eyda Varela de Chinchilla, and INCAE Business School. The SPI for the provinces of Panama uses 49 indicators of social and environmental outcomes to … Continue reading Announcing the Social Progress Index: Provinces of Panama

Countries must emulate New Zealand’s new wellbeing budget and move beyond GDP

It isn’t news that when it comes to the state of our societies, GDP doesn’t tell the whole story. It captures economic growth, but it also counts bombs, prisons, and cleanup of environmental disasters as progress. And yet for most countries, GDP remains the ultimate benchmark of success. It remains the measure countries use to … Continue reading Countries must emulate New Zealand’s new wellbeing budget and move beyond GDP

Partnering to Strengthen Impact

By Wade Warren, Chief Strategy Officer for International Development, Deloitte Consulting   In April 2019 at the What Works Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel focused on the challenges inherent in partnerships and on a tool to help partners set priorities. During my time at USAID, one of the biggest difficulties … Continue reading Partnering to Strengthen Impact

Social Progress challenges faced across Southern California

In the Social Progress Index: California counties, limited Shelter, low inclusiveness and poor environmental quality summarize the results of Southern California. Orange, San Diego and Ventura are the three top performing counties in the region. Orange and Ventura, ranked 6th and 10th respectively, are the only two Southern California counties in the overall top 10 … Continue reading Social Progress challenges faced across Southern California

Thanks for a Great What Works Summit!

We are extremely thankful for all of our summit participants, speakers and sponsors. What Works 2019 was a truly engaging and inspirational conference! A few highlights include: Deloitte’s Wade Warren, IQbusiness’ Sally Jansen, UNDP’s Simon Zadek discuss how businesses can contribute to social progress, and why they must. Özlem Cekic, Association of Bridge Builders and … Continue reading Thanks for a Great What Works Summit!