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Love is love – The pushback on LGBTQ+ rights

While it is true that monumental victories have been achieved over the last decades for LGBTQ+ rights, the 2021 Youth Progress Index finds that on openness towards gay and lesbian people, the world is not making enough progress. In several countries, freedom of expression on issues of sexual orientation remains restricted by law; same-sex sexual … Continue reading Love is love – The pushback on LGBTQ+ rights

Art as Activism: Inspiring Social Change

We are excited to share that the sculptor Carl Nelson, inspired by the work of the Social Progress Imperative, created the Woven Together piece, which represents the social fabric, a community that provides the structure and systems we all rely on. We are grateful for the support of Carl, who has donated the proceeds from … Continue reading Art as Activism: Inspiring Social Change

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Social Progress and Equity in Orange County, California

Orange County took a big step to make the county more equitable last week when it launched the OC Equity map, a new tool that applies the Social Progress Index in 580 census tracts across the county. The initiative is designed to help allocate resources and guide policy priorities to reduce disparities across the county, … Continue reading Social Progress and Equity in Orange County, California

Announcing the 2021 Youth Progress Index

On June 10th, we released the 2021 Youth Progress Index results, which is the most comprehensive measure of the quality of life of young people in more than 150 countries around the world.  The Index comprises 58 social and environmental indicators and covers a ten-year time series with data from 2011 to 2020.  Together with … Continue reading Announcing the 2021 Youth Progress Index

Introducing Oki Matsumoto, Our Newest Board Member

We are delighted to announce that Oki Matsumoto has joined our Board of Directors. Oki is the chair and chief executive officer of the Monex Group, a major online financial institution that operates retail online brokerages in Japan, US, China (including Hong Kong), and Australia. Following the acquisition of Coincheck in April 2018 Monex is … Continue reading Introducing Oki Matsumoto, Our Newest Board Member

Surprise surprise, women who rule, rule! But we have a long way to go, and Covid isn’t helping…

Data from the 2020 Social Progress Index reveals that the four top-ranking countries in the overall quality of life are all led by women. While Norway, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand perform highest on gender-specific indicators such as gender parity in secondary education or equality of political power by gender, they also outperform other countries … Continue reading Surprise surprise, women who rule, rule! But we have a long way to go, and Covid isn’t helping…

Data-informed response to Covid-19: Costa Rica case study

Background The coronavirus pandemic's onset was rapid and chaotic and highlighted more than ever the importance of data-informed decision making. With its mission of providing decision-makers and citizens with the very best data to understand the state of their society and prioritize actions, the Social Progress Imperative, a US-based global nonprofit, pivoted its work to … Continue reading Data-informed response to Covid-19: Costa Rica case study

Rising violence and prejudice present challenges to the new US administration

According to the 2020 Social Progress Index, the United States ranks 100th in the world in discrimination and violence against minorities indicator, performing much worse than authoritarian states including Vietnam, Azerbaijan and Gabon. As tolerance, inclusiveness and respect for diversity are prerequisites for a truly prosperous and progressive society, it isn’t surprising that the US … Continue reading Rising violence and prejudice present challenges to the new US administration

Hungary’s roll-back on social progress

According to the 2020 Social Progress Index, Hungary is just one of the three countries in the world that have declined in social progress over the past decade and is the third worst-performing EU member state, ranking slightly better than Bulgaria and Romania. The Index ranks Hungary on the 40th place, with an overall score of … Continue reading Hungary’s roll-back on social progress

The 2020 Social Progress Index Sparks Discussion

On September 10th, we released the 2020 Social Progress Index, our most comprehensive analysis ever on the true state of the world. This year’s index is already generating important discussions about the current trajectory of social progress in our world, the prospect of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the potential impact … Continue reading The 2020 Social Progress Index Sparks Discussion