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Updates from our global effort

24 Jan 2017

  Conference Site Social Progress Imperative What Works 2017 Advancing social progress in a time of uncertainty April 24–26, 2017 Harpa Conference Hall Reykjavik, Iceland     Are you ready to build a better world for all those who live in it? Don’t hesitate. Our early bird rate expires soon. From April 24–26, the second annual […]

24 Jan 2017

The United Nations Development Programme, UN-HABITAT, and the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments have included the EU Regional Social Progress Index in their new online resource for Localizing the SDGs. View the entry on the Localizing the SDGs website. Explore the EU Regional Social Progress Index.

21 Jan 2017

In mid-January, in the run-up to the What Works 2017 event in Reykjavik, about 60 representatives of the private sector, government, parliament, and municipal governments joined the Social Progress Imperative’s Iceland partner Cognitio to discuss the growing applications of the Social Progress Index. The Office of the Prime Minister, Arion Bank, and Deloitte Iceland co-hosted the […]

21 Jan 2017

We’re happy to share this first-of-its-kind video summary of the Top 10 Performers in Opportunity from the 2016 Social Progress Index!

21 Jan 2017

It’s been an exciting week at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017.  We’ve rounded up the top five things coming out of Davos that we think are likely to be of interest to the social progress movement.   1) Lesson: “Without economic development, social progress is not possible and without social progress, economic development […]

20 Jan 2017

Pre-summit workshop: Understanding the Social Progress Index & Framework Monday April 24, 2017 10am – 5pm | What Works  April 24-26, 2017 Harpa Conference Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland An interactive one-day training workshop to provide those with limited experience with the Social Progress Index, an overview of this powerful tool, its methodology and application in a variety […]

20 Jan 2017

What Works April 24-26, 2017 Harpa Conference Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland The most important social progress event of 2017 happens April 24-26. Register by February 1st for a reduced price! An updated agenda of events at What Works 2017 is available here. Please go to the What Works website for all registration details.  

18 Jan 2017

The Social Progress Index in Tourism Destinations in Costa Rica has been honored by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as the first runner-up for its Award for Innovation in Public Policy & Governance. The Award was just announced today at the UNWTO Awards Forum in Madrid, Spain. Watch today’s announcement. Published and streamed live […]

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18 Jan 2017

Published on January 9, 2017; Harvard Business School.  Professor Michael E Porter, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Social Progress Imperative and founder of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Harvard Business School, poses with Mari Jose Aranguren of Orkestra Excerpt: “The induction of Mari Jose Aranguren by Michael Porter (Professor at Harvard […]

17 Jan 2017

Published and streamed live on YouTube on January 16, 2017; Madrid, Spain Roberto Artavia Loria, Vice Chair of Social Progress Imperative, Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, and Luis Guillermo Solís, President of Costa Rica, explained on Monday at the 13th UNWTO Awards Forum in Madrid how Costa Rica has used the Social Progress Index […]

13 Jan 2017

We’re excited to share three big updates for the What Works 2017 event coming up in late April: Detailed Agenda Now Available Based on feedback from around the world, we’ve designed exciting sessions to respond to your needs and help advance social progress. http://www.whatworksinspi.com/agenda   Special Pre-summit Workshop Added: Understanding the Social Progress Index & […]

13 Jan 2017

Bayer Pharmaceuticals sees value in the Social Progress Index to go beyond GDP to measure what really matters to everyday people. They recently featured a Q&A with our CEO Michael Green on what the Index can reveal about aging and health more generally in countries and communities around the world. Excerpt: “Q: How does the […]