An old family friend wrote a great piece on data (“lies, damned lies, and statistics”) and the importance of context. It was an awesome reminder not just for work, but for all the conversations we’re having about where the world stands today. I want to be clear, there is an extraordinary amount of work to be done. I’ll beat that drum, and I’ll live to the beat of that drum for the rest of my life. But context matters. If we don’t stop to realize the progress that has been made, it will be harder to motivate people for the progress that’s yet to be had.
If you’re wondering whether the world is better today than it was even 20 years ago? Here are some good reads and points of reference.
A Recap on the Millennium Development Goals:
Norbert and 10 Reasons to Look Forward to the Future: https://www.cato.org/…/why-cant-we-see-were-living…