Michael Green: How we can make the world a better place by 2030
Michael Green - Social progress expert
Michael Green is part of the team that has created the Social Progress Index, a standard to rank societies based on how they meet the needs of citizens. Full bio
to be a better place next year?
of the world, yes we can.
the leaders of the world,
of a massive consultation exercise.
humanity, want to be.
really be achieved?
we've run the numbers,
is going to get a better place
seems to be going backwards, not forwards.
about grand announcements
your disbelief for just a moment.
the Millennium Development Goals.
was to halve the proportion of people
from a baseline of 1990,
population lived in poverty,
is going to fall to 12 percent.
plenty of problems.
who say that the world can't get better
of economic growth.
were in countries such as China and India,
economic growth in recent years.
get us to the Global Goals?
is today against the Global Goals
aren't just ambitious,
are pretty specific --
called the Social Progress Index.
the Global Goals are trying to achieve,
that we can use as our benchmark
three fundamental questions
the basic needs of survival:
the building blocks of a better life:
and a sustainable environment?
the opportunity to improve their lives,
freedom from discrimination,
most advanced knowledge?
together using 52 indicators
on a scale of 0 to 100.
a wide diversity of performance
Norway, scores 88.
Central African Republic, scores 31.
all the countries together,
is living on a level of social progress
or Kazakhstan today.
to achieve the Global Goals?
are certainly ambitious,
into Norway in just 15 years.
my estimate is that a score of 75
in human well-being,
the Global Goals target.
can help us calculate this,
in the Social Progress Index model.
is understand the relationship
and social progress.
I've put social progress,
are trying to achieve.
is GDP per capita.
all the countries of the world,
the regression line
is that as we get richer,
each extra dollar of GDP
to start building our forecast.
remember, is 75, that Global Goals target.
$14,000 per capita GDP.
from the US Department of Agriculture,
average global economic growth
if they're right,
if we get that much richer,
are we going to get?
of economists at Deloitte
if the world's average wealth goes
to have really helped
to be having much impact
we're the victims of our own success.
from economic growth,
to harder problems.
comes with costs as well as benefits.
from new health problems like obesity.
just by getting richer.
also has some very good news.
to that regression line.
between GDP and social progress,
last forecast was based on.
around this trend line.
relative to their wealth.
of natural resource wealth,
on human rights or environmental issues.
and millions of people without toilets.
that are overperforming
health and environmental sustainability,
a very high level of social progress,
to richer countries like New Zealand,
lots of social progress,
because it tells us two things.
in the world have the solutions
that the Global Goals are trying to solve.
that we're not slaves to GDP.
the well-being of people,
than our GDP might expect.
to the Global Goals?
is scoring 61 on social progress,
the countries that are currently
the Russia, China, Indias --
quite a long way to go.
optimistic and say,
gets a little bit better
chose to be like Costa Rica
of its citizens?
very close to the Global Goals.
is not going to get us there,
and the super-wealthy
we have to do things differently.
and really scale solutions
are a historic opportunity,
have promised to deliver them.
or slide into pessimism;
by holding them accountable,
through the next 15 years.
the People's Report Card.
all this data into a simple framework
with from our school days,
on the Global Goals
and A is humanity at its best.
getting to an A,
the People's Report Card annually,
the countries of the world,
and fulfill this promise.
only happen if we do things differently,
that needs us to demand it.
the Millennium Development Goals
to every country
a scorecard for emerging countries.
are explicitly universal.
and to show progress.
use the report card
point; it's a big shift in priorities --
countries and just poverty.
challenges in getting to the Global Goals.
Switzerland has got to work to do.
these report cards in 2016
scoring straight A's.
is to provide a point of focus
and start demanding progress.
About the speaker:Michael Green - Social progress expert
Michael Green is part of the team that has created the Social Progress Index, a standard to rank societies based on how they meet the needs of citizens.
Why you should listen
In his book Philanthrocapitalism (co-authored with Economist business editor Matthew Bishop), Michael Green defined a new model for social change built on partnerships between wealthy businesses, governments and community organizations. Shortly thereafter, Bishop floated the idea of a “Social Competiveness Index,” the idea that one day countries would compete with one another to be the most socially advanced, in the same way as they now compete to be economic top dog. Green loved it and decided to turn it into reality.
Teaming up with Avina's president Brizio Biondi-Morra, Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation and many other thought leaders from businesses and foundations, he began work on what would become the Social Progress Imperative, of which he's now CEO. Later they were joined by Harvard management guru Michael E. Porter, who became chairman of the SPI's advisory board. The first Social Progress Index was published in 2014.
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