Progress is “the sustained improvement in the material standard-of-living of a large group of people over a long period of time.” Progress is caused by…
This post is turning out very different than the one that I had originally intended when I started writing it. On the evening of January 13th, Jason Crawford, the CEO of the Roots of Progress charity, declared that the Progress Forum will be under his control with no accountability from the Progress movement. For more […]
Widespread use of fossil fuels is essential for progress. While we may invent a better energy technology in the future, we have not done so yet.
The Progress Studies movements needs a new decision-making process that is more inclusive, more transparent, leads to group decisions faster, and leads to more action to get things done.
In order to prosper a city or nation needs at least one high value-added industry that exports to the rest of the world.
To experience progress, a society needs decentralized political, economic, religious and ideological power. Of particular importance are elites being forced into transparent, non-violent competition that undermines their ability to forcibly extract wealth from the masses. This also allows citizens to freely choose among institutions based upon what they have offer to each individual and society in general.
Trade-based cities packed with a large number of free citizens possessing a wide variety of skills are essential for progress. These people innovate new technologies, skills and social organizations and copy the innovations made by others.
A highly efficient food production and distribution system enables societies to overcome geographical constraints to food production so that large numbers of people can focus on solving problems other than getting enough food to eat.
To transition from poverty to progress, a society needs: 1) a highly efficient food production system, 2) trade-based cities, 3) decentralization of power, and 4) a high value-added export industry, and 5) widespread use of fossil fuels.
We need to think carefully about how we can create a healthy ecosystem that attracts new members, delivers benefits to society and allows members to contribute to the movement based upon their skills and interests.
Two of the most significant constraints to the diffusion throughout the world progress today are racial/ethnic/religious identities and ideologies. They each make it less likely that the poor copy what works.