The current state of California: robust GDP, but falls short on basic human needs and quality of life

Despite strong economic numbers, many Californians face stagnant or even declining living standards. California accounts for 14.1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. As the largest state economy, and sixth largest in the world, our data from the US State Index shows that California has significantly underperformed across many components and indicators of social … Continue reading The current state of California: robust GDP, but falls short on basic human needs and quality of life

Parliamentarian and champion of women’s leadership to join the Social Progress Imperative board

The Social Progress Imperative is proud to announce that Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and founder of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL), is joining the Board of Directors in February 2019. WPL is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation dedicated to increasing the number and influence of women in political leadership. As a former Vice-President … Continue reading Parliamentarian and champion of women’s leadership to join the Social Progress Imperative board

Standard Chartered Group Chairman to join the Social Progress Imperative board

The Social Progress Imperative is proud to announce that José Viñals, Group Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC, is joining the Board of Directors in February 2019. José brings extensive and practical insight on global economic and financial issues to the Social Progress Imperative. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was responsible for the oversight and … Continue reading Standard Chartered Group Chairman to join the Social Progress Imperative board

Insights from the 2018 index spark discussion

On September 20, we released the 2018 Social Progress Index documenting a world that is improving but with widespread deterioration in rights and inclusion. This year’s index, which expands coverage to 146 countries across five years of data, is already generating important discussions about the direction our world is heading. In the Boston Globe, Professor … Continue reading Insights from the 2018 index spark discussion

Simon Kuznets’ legacy includes more than GDP

Our CEO Michael Green recently talked to a group in London about Nobel Prize winner Simon Kuznets, born today 117 years ago. He made a significant contribution to our understanding of economic development and built the foundation for GDP metrics. He also gave an early indication that economic progress would not be possible without social progress.   "Simon Kuznets’ … Continue reading Simon Kuznets’ legacy includes more than GDP