Michael Green has created the Social Progress Index, a standard to rank societies based on how they meet the needs of citizens.
A better & revolutionary way to evaluate the “Well-Being” of a society.
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 this year.
The term Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is often talked about as if it were “handed down from god on tablets of stone.” But this concept was invented by an economist in the 1930s, (& IT’S KIND OF BECOMING IRRELEVANT IN THE 21ST CENTURY). We need a more effective measurement tool to match 21st century needs, says Michael Green: the Social Progress Index. With charm and wit, he shows how this tool measures societies across the three dimensions that actually matter (See Chart Below). And reveals the dramatic reordering of nations that occurs when you use it.
Listen to what he has to say about Social Progress Index at TED Talk on
11 November 2014