North America

Redefining Successful Communities

Stagnant Social Progress

Overall performance in the U.S. and Canada has remained consistent since 2014, but both countries have seen significant declines in Tolerance and Inclusion in that time.

Income Isn't Everything

Canada is the highest ranked G7 country. The US scores fifth highest in that group, yet is the wealthiest among them. The US is also significantly falling behind other countries with similar GDP per capita on six (or half) of the twelve components of the Social Progress Index.

Real Consequences

The United States’ failure to improve quality of life for its people has far-reaching effects. We see it in a 20-year decline in competitiveness; rising discontent and a sense of unequal opportunity; divisive politics, as citizens turn on fellow citizens; and declining participation and trust in democracy.

News and events

  Drawing on insights from the Social Progress Index, Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School spoke on how the United States’ current political rhetoric and surge in populism is a symptom of a model in crisis. The real and solvable problem is that economic development is not delivering social progress. Porter connected the […]

11 Apr 2017

Political, economic and social uncertainty is rising globally. The world is looking urgently for solutions that will build prosperous economies and inclusive societies. In order to meet that challenge we need to understand what is working and why. Anchored by the Social Progress Index, the second annual What Works global summit will bring together leaders […]

4 Mar 2017

Friend, Last week, we saw the creation of immigration policies that could threaten social progress—not just in the United States but around the world. It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of such sweeping blockades, but we have an imperative to offer better solutions—ones that are data-driven, and promote equal opportunities and access for […]

31 Jan 2017

At the Organization of American States Development Ministers and High-Level Authorities (REMDES) meeting in Asuncion, Paraguay this week, Social Progress Imperative Vice-Chair Roberto Artavia Loria presented the Social Progress Index to officials from 21 countries as a potential framework for measuring social performance across the Americas.

15 Jul 2016

Who Makes It Happen